Green Card and Permanent Residency

There are many ways to get a green card–in other words, permanent residency–in the U.S.

The first way is through a family member who’s a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  The following family relationships may help you get the green card:

1. Husband or Wife

2. Parent/Child

3. Brother or Sister

A job in the United States can also help you get a green card.  If you have a job lined up in the U.S., help your employer with the process.  The first step is to contact an immigration attorney to help you and your employer do things right.

If you’re engaged to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for a green card.  However, the rules for you are very specific, and you must follow them exactly in order to successfully gain permanent residency.

Those who are refugees or asylees may be eligible for green cards.  Again, the immigration rules are very specific, and you must have first been admitted as a refugee or have been granted asylum.

Those who are from a country that does not have many immigrants in the U.S. may be eligible for the “green card lottery.”  Winning this lottery may lead to a green card.  The rules for the green card lottery change every year–contact an immigration attorney to see if you’re eligible.

Investors who can invest large amounts of money into a business in the U.S. may be eligible for permanent residency.  They must first receive an immigrant visa, create or maintain jobs in the U.S., and create a business or save a struggling business.  They must also meet other criteria–contact an immigration attorney for more specifics.  The good news for those who wish to invest in Idaho Falls or other areas in Eastern Idaho–it’s easier to do so in rural areas.  Currently, investors must invest at least $1,000,000 in order to obtain a green card, but in rural areas that amount is $500,000.

Of course, meeting one of the above criteria doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to get a green card.  Even if you are eligible, there may be a long waiting time.  An Idaho Falls immigration attorney can help you determine whether you’re eligible or not, and can help you start the process.