Once you're ready to apply for a green card -- most likely because a visa petition filed for you by a relative, fiancé, or employer has been approved and you've waited until an immigrant visa number is available -- it's time to figure out where to apply. While most green card applications must be made at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad, some people can file paperwork while inside the United States with the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).
A green card identifies its holder as a U.S. permanent resident, with rights to enter, exit, work, and live here. You might be eligible if youre a close relative of a U.S. citizen, a worker with a job offer, a refugee or asylee, or a long-time resident.
Tal vez usted pueda obtener la residencia permanente a través de su familia, o una oferta de trabajo o empleo, o diversas otras disposiciones especiales. En ciertos casos, hasta puede ser posible que usted se auto-peticione o consiga de parte propia que se abra un expediente para que usted obtenga la
I entered the U.S. as a permanent resident two months ago, but have still not received my green card. I'd like to take a trip back to Pakistan to see my family -- what can I do to make sure I'm allowed back in?
I came to the U.S. from Japan as a tourist, and didn't leave after my expiration date. I've been here for about three years since, working as a nanny and waitress. I recently read that people from Japan are eligible to enter the visa lottery. Can I enter even though I'm here illegally?
I have a friend from overseas who is willing to be a partner or financial backer of a business we're going to open, but he doesn't have a green card. Could his participation in our business help him get one?
Foreign officials and employees of embassies or consulates in the U.S. (“A visa” holders), and foreign officials and employees of international organizations in the U.S. (“G visa” holders), sometimes find themselves assigned to the U.S. with their families for many years. As a result, they may
The U.S. government employs tens of thousands of foreign employees in countries where it operates — at foreign service establishments including U.S. embassies or consulates, military bases, and offices of organizations such as the Peace Corps or the U.S. Agency for International Development. These
The limited number of categories under which someone can obtain a U.S. green card has led immigrants (and their attorneys) to try some creative approaches to qualifying. One of these is to try having a family member who also happens to own a U.S. business petition for the foreign-born person to become