The U.S. government issues thousands of green cards daily. A green card is a permit that allows foreign nationals to live and work lawfully within the United States. Most importantly, it gives these individuals the opportunity to qualify for U.S. citizenship after a certain amount of time.
For individuals seeking to apply for a green card, it is important to understand the variety of green cards available beforehand. The most popular green cards include: (1) Family Based Green Cards (2) Employment-Based Green Cards (3) Humanitarian Green Cards.
Persons eligible to apply for Family-Based green cards are close relatives of U.S. citizens and current green card holders. Close relatives include spouses, children, parents, and siblings. Spouses of U.S. citizens who currently live outside of the U.S. are also eligible to apply for a Family-Based green card in the event that the citizen dies. However, to obtain the green card, the widow or widowers must prove the authenticity of their marriage. Keep in mind that Family-Based green cards are for close relatives, and not extended family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.
There are a variety of jobs in which workers are eligible to apply for an Employment-Based green card. The most common job categories include professionals, physicians, skilled and unskilled workers, as well as special workers. Individuals applying for an Employment-Based green card must demonstrate the skills and experience they possess.
In today’s age, the amount of individuals applying for Humanitarian green cards has increased significantly. Humanitarian green cards are generally sought by refugee and asylee populations. In order for these individuals to be eligible to apply for the green card, they must have lived in the U.S. for at least one year after receiving their refugee or asylee status.
When considering the variety of options available, it is critical to apply for the correct green card. We recommend seeking a well-seasoned immigration attorney to ease the process. Attorneys at Theus Law Offices have successfully assisted clients with green card applications.