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Green Cards

These are the basic ways to attain Lawful Permanent Residence status (“Green Card”).  Green Cards are essentially divided into 4 major categories:

  1. Family-based
    1. Immediate Relatives
    2. Certain Relatives of U.S. Citizens
    3. Certain Relatives of Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders)
  2. Employment-based
    1. Extraordinary Aliens and Multinational Managers/Executives
    2. Exceptional Aliens and Professional Workers, (incl. those working in areas of National Interest)
    3. Skilled and Unskilled Workers
    4. Certain Religious Workers and other Special Immigrants
    5. Employment Creation / Investors
  3. Diversity Lottery
  4. Political Persecution / Asylum / Refugees