Immigrant Visas (Green Cards)
“Green card” and “immigrant visas” are terms that can be interchangeably – both refer to the status immigrants will need if they want live in the U.S. It is more difficult to get a immigrant visa than a non-immigrant visa since those who are trying to obtain an immigrant visa are trying to stay in the country permanently. There are also only a select number given out each year, and to be eligible you must meet strict standards so this can be difficult for many people. To get help applying for an immigrant visa, call us at 800-939-8004 and our experienced immigration attorney will assist you.
Approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants annually. Similar to non-immigrant visas, employment based immigrant visas fall within five categories. Certain spouses and children may accompany or follow-to-join employment-based immigrants.
With the exception of aliens with extraordinary abilities under EB-1 classifications, aliens applying for an immigrant visa must first have their employers file and Labor Certifications. After the U.S. Department of Labor approves the Labor Certifications, which in turn contains many steps itself, the alien’s employer may proceed with filing of an immigrant petitioner for the alien with the USCIS.
There are many ways to get a green card, but once you get one, all green cards are exactly alike. Each one carries the same privileges: namely, the right to work and live in the U.S. permanently. Green cards are available mostly to those who have immediate family members in the U.S. or job skills in demand by a U.S. employer. Also, a large number of green cards are given to educated professionals, investors and refugees, or on a lottery basis to those with few qualifications other than luck.