In continuation to our blog post series ( part 1, part 2) on United States immigration laws, this post is focused on U.S residency. If you read part 1, we talked about an interesting fact on green card. In order to gain permanent residency in the United States, you will need a green card. With a green card, you are granted many of the same rights and privileges of a U.S. citizen with the exception of running for office and voting in a federal election. So how can one apply for U.S residency. So how can one get a green card.
Some of the ways you can obtain a green card are :
• Sponsorship from an immediate family member
• Qualified employer sponsorship
• Refugee status
• Marriage to U.S. citizen
• The Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery, a.k.a “The Green Card Lottery”
• A substantial real estate or business investment
After the application is filed with proper documentation with USCIS, an interview is scheduled. Once approved your green card arrives in mail.
With a green card, some of the rights you get are :
Live as a permanent resident in the United States
Be a legal employee for any business of your choosing. Restrictions do apply to some government jobs such as homeland security or any elected office position
Be protected under all federal, state, and local laws
Obtain a driver’s license
Request a visa for your spouse or unmarried children under the age of 21
If you want to know more about your options to get U.S residency, contact our law office today for a free initial consultation.