The pandemic has affected the normal operations of the US immigration system. This has left many people wondering how wait times for US permanent residence applications will be affected since the process is already lengthy. More than ever, people are concerned about their permanent residence applications. The most common question is how can we expedite the process to get a Green Card.
What Are the Fastest Ways to Get a Green Card in the US?
Marriage to a US citizen
It is the fastest way to get a Green Card in the US but only if the marriage is in good faith, meaning it is for love and not just to get immigration benefits. The US citizen will be required to petition your application and agree to financially support your stay so you do not become a public charge. It is also available for same-sex marriages.
Back in the mid-90s, asylum applications had an approval rate of 15%, currently, it is around 50% or higher depending on the special circumstances of the case. The applicant must demonstrate that they face the threat of persecution due to their race, religion, nationality, political views or affiliation to a social group. It is also for individuals who have fled their home country out of fear of severe mistreatment.
Diversity Visa Lottery
Annually, around 50,000 applicants benefit from the Diversity Visa Lottery system. This visa lottery is to encourage immigration from countries that have low levels of immigration. This requires applicants to meet very basic eligibility requirements regarding their age, education level and work experience. However, since the number of applications filed every year is very high, there is a relatively low chance of your application succeeding.