Am I Eligible for a Green Card?
If you are an immigrant to the United States and would like to become a
lawful permanent resident, you must apply for a Green Card. There are
a variety of reasons you may wish to live in the U.S. and each one has
a corresponding path toward obtaining permanent residency. According to
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,
Green Card eligibility categories include:
Family: If you are a close family member to a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, parent,
sibling, or child, you may be eligible for a Green Card. You may also
be able to apply if you are a fiancé(e), widow(er), or an abused
family member of a U.S. citizen.
Employment: You may be able to obtain a Green Card if you are an immigrant worker and meet the
requirements of a first, second, or third preference immigrant worker. You may also
be able to adjust your status if you are an approved doctor under the
Physician National Interest Waiver or a foreign/immigrant investor and
have invested more than $1 million in a U.S. business or industry that
will generate more than 10 new jobs.
Special immigrants: Currently, immigrants who are religious workers in a faith-based organization
or non-profit may be eligible for a Green Card, as well as abused juvenile
immigrants, journalists, and members of the media. Employees and family
members of employees of international organizations such as NATO may also
Refugee status or asylum: If you have been granted refugee status or asylum, you can apply for status
adjustment after 1 year.
Victims of human trafficking and other serious crimes: You may apply for a Green Card after being issued a (U) or (T) nonimmigrant visa.
Special circumstances: According to USCIS, you may be eligible to receive a Green Card under the
Cuban Adjustment Act, the Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act of 2000, the
Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, or the Diversity Immigrant Visa
Program. You may also be eligible if you are a foreign diplomat, a U.S.-born
child of a foreign diplomat, a Canadian-born Native American, or an approved
How to Apply for Status Adjustment
One of the first and most important steps toward applying for permanent
determining the reasons for your move to the United States. Before you are granted a Green Card, you will have to meet the criteria
of at least one category listed above and prove it is in your best interest
to be a permanent resident.
Next, athird party must
file an immigrant petition. The appropriate third party to file a petition on your behalf will depend
on your reasons for applying for permanent residency. If you are an immigrant
worker, your employer must file an official Petition for Alien Worker.
If you are a family member of a U.S. citizen, that family member must
file a Petition for Alien Relative for you. (Humanitarian programs that
aid refugees, victims of crimes, and other categories of immigrants may
require you to meet specific other criteria before you are able to apply
for a Green Card, but they are not often required to file a petition on
Before you do any of the above,
contact a Twinsburg immigration attorney at Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A. We are here to help you figure out which category you fall into, who should
file your petition, and how to navigate the challenging process of obtaining
a Green Card.
Call us at (888) 491-8770 or send us a message to
schedule your free consultation today.