Green cards allow immigrants to live and work in the United States as lawful permanent residents. Permanent residents are eligible to apply for citizenship after 3 or 5 years.
For more information on securing a green card for your fiancé(e), click here.
US citizens and lawful permanent residents can petition for their children to live and work in the United States through consular processing.
US citizens can petition for their siblings to live and work in the United States through consular processing.
You can receive a green card through employment. Most commonly, U.S. employers can file a petition for its workers to receive a green card. The principal worker and immediate family members can become permanent residents of the U.S. if the necessary steps are followed. In addition, sometimes you can file a petition for yourself, if you or your work are extraordinary or you have substantial funds to invest in a U.S. business.
First Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Visas (EB-1)
- EB-1A (Persons with Extraordinary Ability)
- EB-1B (Outstanding Professors and Researchers)
- EB-1C (Multinational Managers or Executives)
Second Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Visas (EB-2)
- EB-2 (Professionals Holding an Advanced Degree)
- EB-2 (Persons with Exceptional Ability)
- National Interest Waiver (NIW)
Third Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Visas (EB-3)
Fourth Preference Employment-Based Immigrant Visas (EB-4)
Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5)
In general, individuals become eligible to apply for citizenship once they've had a green card for 5 years. If an LPR has been married to a US citizen continuously, they may apply for citizenship after 3 years instead of 5. For more information about becoming a US citizen, click here.