As an immigrant in the United States, you are issued a Permanent Resident Card, or more commonly known as a Green Card by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This document serves as proof of status in the US. To receive a Green Card, you must first undergo “consular screening” at a US Embassy or Consulate overseas before the USCIS processes the application. The entire process of filing a Green Card application has been moved online since 2004.
Immigrating to the US is a long and complex process. Many have to wait years before their application for a Green Card is processed.
What Are the Fastest And Easiest Ways to Obtain Permanent Residence in the US?
Based on the type of immigrant visa you are applying for, the application process, waiting times, and fee will vary. The type of green card will depend on your purpose of coming to the US, be it for an employment opportunity, starting a business, or reuniting with family. Generally, there are 3 types for the Green Card:
- Diversity Visa Program: For residents of countries with low immigration levels
- Employment-Based Visa Programs: For foreign nationals immigrating for career advancement or investment
- Family-Based Visa Programs: For foreign nationals who have family in the US