People often become overwhelmed when discussing United States immigration. The process can sometimes seem like it is too complicated, long, or overwhelming. While US immigration can be complex, it is certainly not impossible. There are options available to individuals in different circumstances that may lead to what is referred to as a green card or lawful permanent residence in the United States.
Common US Immigration Pathways
The most commonly used pathways to permanent immigration to the US include family sponsorship and employment-based immigration. We’ll explore both options below.
If you have an immediate family member in the United States who is a citizen or permanent resident, they may be able to petition for your sponsorship to the US. In these cases, the US citizen can sponsor their foreign-born spouse, children, parents, or siblings. Permanent residents of the United States can sponsor their spouses and unmarried children. While in most situations, the US has a limited number of visas to offer per category each year, immediate family sponsorship does not typically have a limited number available.
One of the main requirements for family sponsorship immigration is that the petitioner must be able to support their family members financially. This would require demonstrating that their income is above the poverty line.