What Is the Easiest Way to Get a Green Card?
As an immigrant looking up to live permanently in the US, you require a green card. Having one is important if you’re considering becoming a United States citizen.
When people think about obtaining a green card in the fastest way possible, they are usually looking at a process with the least demanding requirements.
There isn’t one unique procedure to gain a green card, it all depends on the immigration eligibility of the applicant.
The most common ways to achieve a green card and live legally in the U.S. are the next ones:
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Green Card Through Family
It is not a requirement to be a US citizen to claim a relative, Green Card holders, as stated in the American immigration law, have the right to request an application to bring a family member to the USA.
The categories that are listed in the Bulletin under Family-Sponsored Preferences include:
- Family First Preference (F1): Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
- Family Second Preference (F2): Spouses and children of permanent residents (category 2A) and unmarried sons and daughters age 21 or over of permanent residents (category 2B).
- Family Third Preference (F3): Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
- Family Fourth Preference (F4): Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens.
Green Card Through a Job
This kind of application is commonly known as an employment-based preference, usually sponsored by an employer in the U.S. but there are two exceptions: the Fourth and Fifth employment-based preference categories. Here are the actual categories:
- Employment First Preference (EB-1): Workers, who are considered outstanding in their fields, such as recognized artists or CEOs of multinational companies.
- Employment Second Preference (EB-2): Professional who hold advanced degrees or persons of exceptional ability.
- Employment Third Preference (EB-3): Persons whose proposed employment in the U.S. will require at least a Bachelor’s degree.
- Employment Fourth Preference (EB-4): Includes certain kinds of religious workers as well as certain juveniles needing to join foster families.
- Employment Fifth Preference (EB-5): This is for foreign nationals who can invest in a venture in the U.S. and can employ at least ten U.S. citizens
The application for a Green Card through a job requires a huge amount of work, so it is wise to have the assistance of an immigration lawyer during the process.
Diversity Immigrant VISA (DV)
Commonly known as the “lottery” for green cards, U.S. immigration makes available 55,000 immigration visas for foreigners from countries with low numbers of permanent resident applications.
To apply for a Diversity Immigrant VISA (DV) you need to demonstrate that you’ll be able to support yourself financially and don’t have immigration violations or past criminal activity.
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