Even though a Green Card holder has been commonly referred to as a Lawful Permanent Resident, a Green Card is not a permanent thing. Green Cards represent a highly coveted status and must be renewed every 10 years, but they also can be withdrawn and cancelled for committing a serious crime.
The typical idea behind a Green Card is to obtain U.S. citizenship, which can’t be revoked. Before you read on to learn more about getting a green card you should check to see if you are eligible for this status first.
Tips on how to get a green card:
The Annual Green Card lottery.
To help create diversity, the US holds a lottery every year. Called the “Green Card Lottery” or “Diversity Visa Lottery”, this program is a chance for those in qualifying countries to obtain their Green Card and potentially U.S. citizenship. This DV Program makes it possible for 50,000 immigrants from countries with lower rates of immigration to obtain a Green Card.
Get a U.S. employer to put in a good word.
If you are already in the US and have a working or temporary visa, staying on good terms with your employer will be one way to improve your chances of gaining a Green Card. To do this, your employer must have labor certification and then file the Form 1-140. This also requires you to be in the management position or an equivalent level. You must also have a degree or do work that no other similarly qualified US citizen is capable of performing.
Invest in the US.
Investing in the US is another good way to gain eligibility. If you invest $500,000 to $1 million, expand an existing business by at least 40% or employ ten people, you may also be eligible for a Green Card. Typically, it takes anywhere from 22 to 26 months in order to obtain legal residency in this program, which is much less than the several years required in other visa programs. This is why investing in the US is one of the preferred ways of getting a Green Card.
If you are related to a US citizen you may also be eligible. This will require being the spouse of a US citizen or an unmarried child of a US citizen (under the age of 21). It will be important to be aware of the other various categories where this is also a solution. Children of foreign born diplomats and children of widows or widowers of US citizens is also a possibility. Step children and step parents may qualify as well as those in Gay or Lesbian relationships.
Work in the medical field.
If you are a nurse, surgeon or physical therapist and have a job in a hospital or medical center, you may also be on the fast track for Green Card eligibility.
Stay out of trouble.
Do not do anything to infringe on the law. If you are found in violation of local laws, you may be handed over to the Department of Homeland Security and this could impact your eligibility for Green Card Status.