Adjustment of Status or Application for Green Card

The application process for a Green Card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, varies depending on the specific eligibility category that the applicant falls under. Some of the most common eligibility categories include:

Family-based sponsorship: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can sponsor certain family members for a Green Card. The process typically involves filing a Petition for Alien Relative with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), followed by an application for adjustment of status or consular processing.

Employment-based sponsorship: Individuals who are sponsored for a Green Card by their employer must typically first obtain a labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor. They must then file an Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker with USCIS, followed by an application for adjustment of status or consular processing.

Diversity Visa Program: This program provides a limited number of Green Cards to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Eligible individuals must enter the annual Diversity Visa lottery and, if selected, complete a Green Card application process.

Refugee or Asylee status: Individuals who have been granted refugee or asylee status in the United States are eligible to apply for a Green Card after a certain period of time.

The Green Card application process typically involves submitting an application package to USCIS, which includes various forms, supporting documentation, and fees. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview and provide biometric information, such as fingerprints. The application process can be complex and time-consuming, and it is recommended that individuals seeking a Green Card consult with an experienced immigration attorney for guidance.