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The Basics of Green Card Eligibility

The Basics of Green Card Eligibility

PUBLISHED ON: March 30

The journey to realizing your American dream becomes smoother and less intimidating when you have the right guidance. At Sverdloff Law Group, we are committed to making this journey as seamless as possible. In this blog, we will review green card eligibility, providing you with an understanding of what it takes to achieve permanent residency in the United States. 

What is a Green Card?

Before we delve into the specific requirements for green card eligibility, it’s important to understand what a green card is and its significance. A green card grants you the right to live and work in the United States permanently. It is a crucial step towards obtaining U.S. citizenship and opens up a world of opportunities for immigrants.

Different Types of Green Cards

There are many paths to obtaining a Green Card, each with its unique set of requirements. Below is a brief breakdown:

  1. Family-Sponsored Green Cards: These are available for individuals with a qualifying family relationship with a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR). The categories include spouse, minor child, adult child, and sibling of a U.S. citizen, and spouse or minor child of an LPR.
  2. Employment-Based Green Cards: If you have a job offer from a U.S. employer, you may qualify for this category. Certain professionals and workers with extraordinary abilities may also self-petition.
  3. Diversity Visa Lottery: This program provides Green Cards to citizens from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.
  4. Refugee or Asylum Status: Individuals granted asylum or refugee status in the U.S. may apply for a Green Card one year after their grant.
  5. Special Immigrant Category: Certain categories of immigrants, such as religious workers, international broadcasters, and certain children of international medical graduates, may qualify.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements for a Green Card vary widely depending on the category. In general, applicants must meet certain educational, employment, or family relationship requirements. It is also crucial that applicants do not have any criminal convictions or immigration violations that could make them ineligible.

Application Process

The application process typically involves three steps:

  1. Submit an Immigrant Petition: This is usually filed by a sponsoring relative or employer in the U.S. or by the applicant themselves if they are self-petitioning.
  2. Wait for an Immigrant Visa Number: Once the immigrant petition is approved, the applicant must wait for an immigrant visa number to become available. The waiting time varies based on the category and the applicant’s country of origin.
  3. Adjust Status: If the applicant is already in the U.S., they can apply to adjust their status to a permanent resident. If they are outside the U.S., they will go through consular processing.

Get Legal Guidance

Navigating these steps can be complex and time-consuming. At Sverdloff Law Group, we simplify the process and guide you every step of the way. Our years of experience and proven method ensure that your journey towards obtaining a Green Card is as smooth as possible.

Every dream deserves to be realized. Let Sverdloff Law Group help you accomplish yours. Reach out to us to schedule a consultation. Our services are available nationwide, and we offer legal assistance in Russian and Spanish.

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