Latest eligibility criteria for a U.S. Green Card – updated

We’re happy to announce latest eligibility criteria for US green card. U.S.Green cards allow immigrants to live and work in the United States, permanently and legally, before they can seek American citizenship through naturalization or other legal means.

To apply for the US permanent residence, foreign nationals have to be eligible under one of the categories listed below. Each category has different eligibility criteria or requirements that candidates must meet when they submit their petitions.

In most cases, candidates require a sponsor, either a relative or an employer. But they also can be eligible through a visa lottery or through a substantial monetary investment, administered by the U.S. State Department.

Canusim explains the five green card eligibility categories, each one divided into different ways. The U.S immigration law allows applicants to apply for legal permanent resident status through this means.

Family Ties With An American Citizen or Permanent Residents 

There are several possibilities for family relationships:

▪ Immediate close relatives, such as a spouse, children who are minors or parents of an American citizen at 21 or older

▪Family-based preference immigrants categories, which include the unmarried children of American citizens who are Twenty-One (21) or older, as well as children and spouses of lawful permanent residents.

▪ Other possibilities include the fiances of American citizens, the fiances’ children, widows of American citizens and victims of extreme abuse or extremely committed by spouses, former spouses, and parents or children who are American citizens.

Employment-Based U.S Green Card

There are four types of work-based immigration visa status that can lead to obtaining a U.S. legal permanent residence:

▪ First preference (EB-1) for foreign nationals with special skills or outstanding researchers;

▪ Second preference (EB-2) for professionals or experts with advanced degrees; and

▪ Third preference (EB-3) for skilled workers and professionals in certain fields.

▪ There’s also a section for immigrant investors (EB-5), who have to invest a minimum of $1.8 million in a new commercial business that would benefit the U.S. economy and create at least Ten (10) qualified jobs. In targeted employment places with high unemployment, the required investment drops to $900,000.

Special Immigrants In The U.S.

This aspect that allows special immigrant status covers a broad range of cases, such as religious workers like Pastors (minister or non-minister) in jobs within their churches to people who come as “broadcasters” for the U.S. Agency for Global Media, and staffs of recognized international organizations, such as NATO and United Nations.

Green Card For Refugees And Asylum- Seekers 

Before applying for green cards, foreign-citizens must have lived in the United States of America for a minimum of one year after their asylum request was granted, and must continue to meet the definition of a refugee.

Non-citizens admitted into the United States as refugees may also apply for legal permanent residence under this category.

Abuse Victims

This category allows individuals under the Violence Against Women Act who have been victims of extreme abuse or cruelty, as well as neglected youths under the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification.

Abused children or spouses of Haitian and Cuban natives who became legal permanent residents through the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act or the Cuban Adjustment Act and, respectively, are also eligible for U.S green card.

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