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Individuals may be able to obtain U.S. lawful permanent residency through family or employment sponsorship, through investment or by asylum.
If you have a relative who is a US Citizen and they can legally prove you share one of the following relationships, you may be eligible for lawful permanent residency:
People who want to become immigrants based on family sponsorship are divided into "preferences" (categories), and if their immigrant visa petition is approved, they must wait for an immigrant visa to become available according to the preference system. Because the number of immigrant visas available each year is limited, you may not get an immigrant visa immediately after your immigrant visa petition is approved. In some cases, it could take several years An exception exists for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, which includes parents, spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21. An immigrant visa will be immediately available for these immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor the following relatives for permanent residence: mother, father, sister, brother, child of any age regardless of marital status.
If you have a family member whom you would like to sponsor for U.S. lawful permanent residency, or would like to learn more, please contact us to set up a consulation.
Annually, a minimum of 140,000 immigrant visas are issued to individuals who are sponsored by U.S. employers. All intending immigrants who plan to base their immigrant visa application on employment in the United States must first obtain an approved labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Approval requires demonstrating that there are no qualified U.S. workers available and willing to perform the work at wages that meet or exceed the prevailing wage paid for the occupation in the area of intended employment as determined by DOL. If the necessary labor certification is approved, the employer must then file a Form I-140, Petition for Prospective Immigrant Employee, with USCIS. Once approved, the beneficiary alien can seek lawful permanent resident status. Because the number of immigrant visa numbers that are available each year is limited, there is usually a wait of several years before the visa becomes available.
Certain extraordinary ability individuals, outstanding professors and researchers, multinational executives and managers can immigrate to the United States without employment sponsorship and without going through the labor certification process. The requirements in each of these categories are specific and too long for this website. If you think you might qualify, contact us for a detailed consultation.
Non-Americans who wish to immigrate to the United States may take advantage of a program that grants U.S. residency to individuals and their immediate family if they invest a minimum of $900,000 to $1.8 million in a commercial enterprise and creates a minimum of 10 direct U.S. jobs in the process. The investor and his/her immediate family (spouse and all children under age 21) are then issued a “conditional green card” to immigrate to the United States. After two years, the conditional status is removed upon a showing that the investment created at least ten full-time permanent jobs for U.S.workers.
Political asylum is granted by the U.S.government to people who can prove that they are afraid to return to their home country because they have a "well-founded fear of persecution" on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. People may also be granted political asylum if they left their home country because they were persecuted in the past. Individuals granted political asylum may apply for permanent residency in the United States.
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