According to a report nearly 44 million immigrants are living in the United States which is the highest immigrants in any other country in the world. If you are living outside the USA and want to get an immigrant visa and become a permanent resident than here are the permanent residency programs in the U.S.
There are about five ways wherein an individual can Migrate to the USA and can get residency as well as work authorization in the U.S.
The EB-5 visa is a way to get permanent residency and green card through investment. A foreigner who invests $500,000 or $1 million in certain cases in some project that will create 10 more jobs for at least two years can apply for a green card.
2. Sponsorship by an employer
Permanent Resident status in the United States based on employment is among the most complex immigration processes. In this case, U.S. employer who needs the foreign national service will have to fill the petition and pay legal fees and costs.
This is employment-based (EB) immigrant visa categories and is further divided into EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-4 categories. employment-based (EB) immigrant visa are tougher to crack now with the denial rate increasing every year.
Nearly thousands of foreign workers are hired by American companies every year. The promise of the American dream attracts a lot of people from all over the world. But with so many applicants from all over the world, this step seems to get more tough.
Most of the visas in the group need employment sponsorship.
EB-1 Visa: This visa is for Outstanding professors, researchers, people with extraordinary abilities in arts, science, business, athletics, or education.
EB-2 Visa: Professionals with advanced degrees and person with extraordinary abilities are given this visa.
EB-3 Visa: Skilled workers or professionals with a higher education degree are given this visa.
EB-4 Visa: Various religious, government, or international organizations workers.
EB-5 Visa: Only work through self-petitioning.
3. Sponsorship by a close family member in the US
This is a family based immigration where a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident can fill up the petition for certain family members to receive Green Card.
4. Diversity visa lottery program
The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) is allotted to foreign nationals of countries that have low rates of immigration to the U.S. There is a random drawing for getting an immigration visa.
5. Refugee and Asylum status
U.S government offers humanitarian assistance to individuals who seek shelter from oppression. Asylum status applies to persons that are already within the United States or at a U.S. port of entry. Refugee status applies to persons who are located outside of the United States as well as outside of their native country.