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How to Apply for a US Green Card (Permanent Resident Card)

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How to Apply for a US Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) by Kenyans247(1): Sat 02, May, 2020 08:09am
Procedure
Determine if you are eligible for permanent residence. Green Card Eligibility http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/green-card-eligibility
Adjusting your status to a permanent resident is the process used by immigrants to get a green card while in the United States. To those who are outside the United States, your application will be processed at a Consular Office.
When applying for a green card through employment, family or as a special immigrant, you may need to have a petition filed for you. Concurrent filing is generally when the immigrant petition is filed at the same time you file your application to get a green card.
In general, there must be a visa available for you before you can apply for a green card.
Prepare documents you may be asked to submit or present when you apply for a green card: travel documents, Employment Authorization Document, Immigration Medical Examinations, Affidavit of Support, Public Charge.
Complete an application form - LINK. http://www.uscis.gov/i-485 The link includes the forms, instructions how the forms must be completed and how much is the fee.

Required Documents
Completed application form
Documents you may be asked to present or submit: travel documents, Employment Authorization Document, Immigration Medical Examinations, Affidavit of Support, Public Charge.


Office Locations & Contacts
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

For questions related to immigration services and benefits offered by USCIS, contact the National Customer Service Center:
1-800-375-5283 (toll-free)
1-800-767-1833 (TDD for the hearing impaired)

Website http://www.uscis.gov/

Eligibility
A Green Card (permanent residence) may be issued to you through your family, a job offer or employment, refugee or asylum status, or a number of other special provisions. In some cases, you may even be able to self petition or have a record created for permanent residence on your behalf. In general, to meet the requirements for permanent residence in the United States, you must:

Be eligible for one of the immigrant categories established in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
Have a qualifying immigrant petition filed and approved for you (with a few exceptions)
Have an immigrant visa immediately available
Be admissible to the United States

Green Card Through Family:

an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, this includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
a family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
a family member of a green card holder, this includes spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder
a member of a special category, this can include battered spouse or child (VAWA), a K nonimmigrant, a person born to a foreign diplomat in the United States, a V nonimmigrant or a widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen

Green Card Through a Job:

Green Card Through a Job Offer: You may be eligible to become a permanent resident based on an offer of permanent employment in the United States. Most categories require an employer to get a labor certification and then file a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, for you.
Green Card Through Investment: Green cards may be available to investors/entrepreneurs who are making an investment in an enterprise that creates new U.S. jobs.


Green Card Through Self Petition: Some immigrant categories allow you to file for yourself (self-petition). This option is available for either Aliens of Extraordinary Ability or certain individuals granted a National Interest Waiver.
Green Card Through Special Categories of Jobs: There are a number of specialized jobs that may allow you to get a green card based on a past or current job, such as:
Afghan/Iraqi Translator
Broadcaster
International Organization Employee
Iraqi Who Assisted the U.S. Government
NATO-6 Nonimmigrant
Panama Canal Employee
Physician National Interest Waiver
Religious Worker

Green Card Through Refugee or Asylee Status:

Refugees and asylees can apply for a green card. To know more

Green Card Eligibility

Instructions
Applicants for each Green Card category have specific steps and procedures they must follow. Listed below are some general processes and procedures giving you ideas how the application process goes either while you are in the United States (known as adjustment of status) or while outside the United States (known as consular processing).

Need for the Document
Here is a procedure on how you can apply for a U.S. Green Card.

External Links
USCIS:
http://www.uscis.gov/greencard



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