You may be eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) through your family, a job offer or employment, refugee or asylum status, or a number of other special provisions.
In some cases, you may even be able to self petition or have a record created for permanent residence on your behalf. In general, to meet the requirements for permanent residence in the United States,
Be eligible for one of the immigrant categories established in the Immigration and Nationality Act
Have a qualifying immigrant petition filed and approved for you (with a few exceptions)
Have an immigrant visa immediately available
Be admissible to the United States
Each requirement is detailed below.
Eligibility for an Immigrant Category
Individuals who want to become immigrants (permanent residents) through their qualified family member,
a job offer or employment, or a special category will generally be classified in categories based on a preference system. Except for immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen who are given the highest
immigration priority and a few other exceptions, Congress has set a finite number of visas that can be used each year for each category of immigrants. The general categories are listed below. For more
specific information under each general category, see the links to the left.
Some relatives of U.S. citizens, known as immediate relatives, do not have to wait for a visa to become
available. There is no limit to the number of visas that can be utilized in this category in a particular year. Immediate relatives include:For More Information, Please Contact:
Fresno Immigration Attorney Phillip Kim