Immigrating to the US can be a confusing and lengthy process, but it’s important to remember that these immigration pathways exist, and it is possible to immigrate permanently. Today we are exploring three popular pathways that immigrants utilize to relocate to the United States. Every immigration category has different requirements, so it’s always helpful to learn more about your options and see which would suit you.
Getting a Green Card
Individuals immigrating to the US usually have one main goal: getting a green card.
A green card symbolizes your permanent resident status, allowing you to live and work in the United States permanently without restrictions. Green cards can take time to come by. The US approves over a million green card applications yearly, but they receive more than ten million applications each year.
Below are some of the most popular ways that immigrants can obtain a green card and be able to live permanently in the US.
Employment-based immigration is an excellent pathway to a green card for immigrants qualifying for one of the five employment-based categories:
- EB-1: Work Visa for Immigrants with Extraordinary Ability
- EB-2: Work Visa for Individuals with an Advanced Degree or Exceptional Ability
- EB-3: Skilled, Professional, and Unskilled Worker Green Card
- EB-4: Green Card for Special Immigrants
- EB-5: Visa for Immigrant Investors
Each visa in the employment-based category has unique requirements to be met to qualify. These visas are numbered in order of preference, meaning EB-1 applicants are first preference applicants, and EB-5 applicants are fifth preference applicants.
The US government makes around 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas available each year. Qualified applicants may also be able to bring their spouses and children to the United States with them.