4 ways to get a green card

For years, immigrants have flocked to the United States. Once in the States, many immigrants seek green cards and become valid citizens. The U.S. distributes thousands of green cards annually.

There are many ways to legally enter the U.S. and seek a green card. Here’s what you should know:

1. Through family

One way many people get a green card is by reaching out to families who have already immigrated or were natural-born citizens living in the U.S. and are willing to sponsor their relatives. Eligibility for this kind of sponsorship depends heavily on the relationship between the sponsor and the applicant. In other words, it’s often easier for an immediate relative, such as a parent, sibling, child or spouse to sponsor a relative than it would be for a distant relative.  

2. Through marriage

Another way an immigrant can seek a green card is if they marry someone who’s a U.S. permanent resident. This path is typically the fastest but often requires people to undergo questions to show that the marriage is authentic. 

3. Through work

The U.S. is the land of opportunity and many immigrants can seek employment-sponsored visas. In order for a business to prove that they would need foreign workers, they would have to give evidence that there are no U.S. workers ready and willing to do the job. Once a work visa is obtained, an immigrant can then take the steps to apply for a green card.

4. Through education

Many immigrants want to seek higher education and do so by immigrating to the U.S. Immigrants can seek international student advisors that can help students qualify for visas. Like a work visa, once a student visa abroad is obtained, the immigrant can take the steps to apply for a green card.

If you have questions about getting a green card, then it could help you to reach out for legal help.

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