The process of becoming a legal permanent resident (or LPR), or otherwise, known as being a “green card” holder can be long and complicated. It is important to know what are the specific details and the necessary steps that the potential candidate must take when receiving an offer to stay in the country and becoming a legal permanent resident.
To be a green card holder, the candidate must have had an offer of permanent residency, and this offer can vary, depending on the circumstance. For one, a candidate might have received an offer from an employer in the United States. There are many factors that are considered when offering someone a specific kind of work visa. Some of these categories include priority workers, professionals with an advanced degree, individuals with an exceptional ability, and skilled professionals.
Another way of getting an offer is through an immediate relative who lives in the United States, which can be a spouse who is a US citizen. A candidate could also be eligible through an unmarried child or parent of a US citizen, both under 21 years old.
Other visas include those that are given to asylees or refugees. In both cases, they were admitted into the country for at least one year. A candidate can also qualify for a green card if he or she is the current holder of a nonimmigrant visa, such as a T visa, which is given to victims of human trafficking and U visas, which are given to victims of crimes.
Knowing this information is key for all candidates in navigating the process of obtaining a green card.