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Who is eligible for a green card? 

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2023 | Immigration

The U.S. is renowned for being a land of opportunities and relative safety. For these reasons, many individuals seek to move there permanently. 

There are numerous different methods of obtaining permission to stay in the U.S., with a green card being one of the most desirable. However, not everyone is eligible to apply for a green card. Outlined below are some factors that increase the likelihood of a successful application. 

Immediate relatives of citizens 

If you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, then there is a good chance that you can apply for a green card. Immediate relatives include spouses, children, parents and in some cases adopted children. 

Those with secure job offers 

Companies within the U.S. rely on both domestic and foreign workers. If a company desires you because of your skills and experience then they may offer you a permanent position. This could mean that you qualify for a green card. Nonetheless, it’s important to remember that the application process in these circumstances is not easy. It can take time and there is no guarantee of success. 

Those who have fled 

Sadly, natural disasters, wars and persecution occur in many countries across the world. This can leave those on the receiving end with no option but to flee. Historically, the U.S. has been willing to help refugees in such situations. After one year of being granted refugee status, it is often possible to apply for a green card. 

In some circumstances, those who have lived in the country for an extended period without the relevant paperwork may also qualify for a green card. Whatever your situation, make sure you seek some legal guidance as you navigate the immigration process.