How to Get a Green Card

To many people, the process of getting a green card seems complicated and stressful. Yes, the process often take some time but your chances of getting a Green Card is high if you can understand the basics behind it. Below are the events that qualify you for a green card.

Family Based Immigration

If you have a relative who is a US citizen or who has a green card as well, it will be easy for you to get a Green Card as well. It can be your spouse, sibling, married son or daughter or a parent. However, if you have an unmarried son or daughter, such a person needs to be above 21 years. If the son or daughter is an adopted one, he/she must be above 18 years. Likewise, each of the cases have their own Green Card application processes.

Employment Based Immigration

Another way to get a Green Card is your employment situation. This could be your first employment in the US. Here, you may have a skill desired by an employer in the US that makes you the best fit for the job.. Sometimes, you may even be an unskilled labor but needed by your employer. There are some other requirements for an employment-based Green Card. This may include your educational qualifications and some others.

DV Lottery

The Diversity Immigrant Lottery, popularly known as DV lottery is another great opportunity for you get a Green Card. This process is coordinated by the U.S. Department of State and aimed at providing foreigners the opportunity to live and work in the U.S. DV lottery is given to about 50,000 people every year which means you can also win. However, do note that winners are selected randomly from millions of people who apply yearly.


You can get a green card for your adopted son or daughter provided that he/she is under the age of 16. However, you will be required to provide all legal documents related to the adoption. So, get them ready before you apply.


If you already live in the US and cannot return home for the fear of persecution, you can also apply for a Green Card which allows you to permanently live in the US.


A refugee is someone who is displaced from his/her home country due to famine, war, or persecution and seeks refuge in the US. More so, a refugee can be a person who have been persecuted in the past an have the phobia fro being persecuted once again. In any of these cases, these people can request for a Green Card in order to secure a permanent residency in the US.

Special Immigrants

Special Immigrants are the category of people who can apply for Green Card. There are about 12 entities in this instance and they include former US employees, the Panama Canal Zone, the Armed Forces, Religion workers, and foreign medical personnel.

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