One way to obtain a US green card, or US permanent resident status, is through a job in the United States. In order to obtain a green card through a job, you must fall into one of the below categories:
– Green Card through a Job Offer
– Green Card through Investment
– Green Card through Self-Petition
– Green Card through Special Categories
In order to qualify for a green card through a job offer, your employer must first be willing to sponsor your visa application. This includes, but is not limited to, providing all necessary information regarding the job and the business, as well as paying the filing fee for the visa application.
Some examples of foreign worker occupations include artists, researchers, business professional, cultural exchange participants, information technology (IT) specialists, religious workers, investors, scientists, athletes, nurses, agricultural workers, and more.
A petition for a US visa through a job offer may or may not qualify the employee for permanent resident status. Foreign worker visas are broken down into different categories, and each type has different requirements, conditions, and authorized periods of stay.
All foreign workers must obtain permission to work legally in the United States.
In order to qualify for a green card through an investment, the applicant must invest a minimum of $1 million as well as meet other requirements. If you are interested in applying for a green card based on investment, then read more about the EB5 investor’s visa.
Self- Petition for Extraordinary Ability
An individual may apply for a green card through self-petition, meaning without an employer sponsor, if they are an individual of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or if they are an individual who was granted a National Interest Waiver.
You must meet specific requirements in order to qualify as a person of extraordinary ability. This includes, but is not limited to, proving that you are the best of the best in your field. This category applies to VERY few individuals. However, if you think you qualify for a self-petition as an individual of extraordinary ability, then it is important to speak to an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that you do in fact qualify as well as to assist you through the application process and providing significant proof to the immigration authority that you are the best of the best in your field.
Individuals may also obtain a green card through special categories of jobs, such as religious workers, armed forces members, physicians, and more.