When looking into options for immigrating to the United States, several possibilities may come to your attention. What works for you might differ depending on your life and family circumstances. Green cards are one of the most popular options for many reasons.
But how do you know if you are eligible? Fortunately, many people are eligible for green cards for a number of different reasons.
Categories of eligibility
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services looks at categories of eligibility for green cards. Some of these categories include green cards for:
- Special immigration
- Victims of human trafficking and crime
- Through refugee or asylum status
- Victims of abuse
You can also get a green card through registry or through other categories, but these are less common. Other categories include things like a Lautenberg parolee, an American Indian born in Canada, or a person born in the U.S. to a foreign diplomat.
Requirements for green cards
Each category comes with its own sets of requirements. For example, those eligible for green cards through employment must be an immigrant investor, an immigrant worker or a physician with a national interest waiver. If you are looking into a green card through family, you need to be the widower of a U.S. citizen, an immediate relative or spouse of one. You can also get this green card by being a fiancé(e) or the child of a fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen. This is also the category for VAWA self-petitions.
In essence, you must research each category and make your decision based on what suits your situation the closest. From there, you can do more thorough research into the application process.