You can file for a green card if you are a close relative of a U.S. citizen or a green card holder. This is also one of the most straightforward methods of obtaining lawful permanent status. When they are accepted to the United States, they will receive a green card when the Department of State provides them a visa. However, this process can take several years because there are only about 70,000 visas available each year and the wait time for some types of cases can be up to five years.
Who can't apply for a green card? Those ineligible to become citizens can apply for a green card if they qualify based on their relationship to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. For example, an asylee under the protection of the United States is eligible to apply for a green card. An applicant who is convicted of a crime will not be granted a green card. Instead, they will have to apply for citizenship after they complete their sentence. An applicant who has been charged with a crime but has not yet appeared in court cannot apply for a green card. Instead, they will have to leave the country while their case is pending.
What is required to apply for a green card? You must be 18 years old; have a high school diploma or its equivalent; have been employed for at least two years; have a valid passport; and meet other requirements depending on your specific situation. Your employer may also require you to fulfill certain job duties to be eligible to apply for a work permit.
You may petition for specific family members to immigrate to the United States as permanent residents if you have a Green Card (permanent resident). You may file a petition for any of the following family members: husband or wife (either husband or wife) Children that are not married are under the age of 21. If the child is 21 or older, he or she can apply for a visa.
You must file your petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS will process the petition and decide whether to allow the person to come to the United States. The petitioner will then be notified by mail whether the petition was approved. If it was, a visa number will be issued when one becomes available. The petitioner should contact the nearest American Embassy or Consulate to find out how to proceed next.
Yes, even if they already have a valid entry document (such as a passport) they would still need to obtain a visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate if they want to visit the United States.
It is important to remember that a visa is an invitation to enter the United States. Therefore, without a visa, someone cannot enter the United States. Even if they have a valid passport and flight ticket, without a visa they cannot board the plane or arrive at their destination.