Green Card for U.S. Permanent Residents
A green card allows a person to live and work in the U.S. as a permanent resident. An actual “green card” is issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to document the status of a permanent resident. The green card attorneys at Hodkinson Law Group in London can help you file for a green card.
There are many classifications that can be used when applying for a U.S. green card. The application process can be quite complicated, and includes the categories listed below.
Green Card through Family Members
The residency status of family members may play a role in your ability to obtain a green card. Opportunities exist for individuals who meet one of the following qualifications:
- An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
- A family member of a U.S. citizen who qualifies for a preference category
- A family member of a green card holder
- A member of a special category, like a battered spouse or a widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen
Green Card through a Job
Specialized job skills, or the ability to create new jobs in the U.S., may determine your access to a job-related green card. The following situations will help you qualify for green card status:
- An offer of permanent employment in the U.S.
- Investment in a U.S. business that will create jobs
- Aliens of extraordinary ability
- Qualification for special job categories that serve U.S. interests
Green Card through Refugee or Asylee Status
Persons fleeing their home country may qualify for a green card under the following circumstances:
- Admission to the U.S. as a refugee
- Admission to the U.S. as a qualifying family member of an asylee
- Grant of asylum in the U.S.
Other Ways to Get a Green Card
There are many other ways an individual may qualify for a green card. Representative categories include a person born to a foreign diplomat in the U.S., Haitian refugees, Cuban natives, and many others.