Green Card

There are various steps to becoming a green card holder (permanent resident) for different categories, depending on whether you currently live inside or outside the United States.

(1) Green Card Through Family

    1. An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
    2. A family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category
    3. A family member of a green card holder
    4. A member of a special category
      1. Battered spouse or child (VAWA)
      2. K (fiancée) Nonimmigrant
      3. Person Born to a Foreign Diplomat in the U.S.
      4. V nonimmigrant
      5. Widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen
      6. Prospective adopted children

(2) Green Card Through a Job

    1. Green Card Through a Job Offer
    2. Green Card Through Investment
    3. Green Card Through Self-Petition
    4. Green Card Through Special Categories of Jobs

(3) Green Card Through Refugee or Asylee Status

(4) Other Ways to Get a Green Card

    1. Green Card Lottery
    2. A Victim of a Crime (U Nonimmigrant)

(5) After the Green Card is Granted

    1. Renew or Replace My Green Card
    2. Remove Conditions on My Green Card
    3. Travel outside the U.S.
    4. Rights and Responsibilities of Green Card Holder

(6) Green Card Processes & Procedures

    1. Green Card Eligibility
    2. Adjustment of Status
    3. Consular Processing
Source: USCIS

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