A Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder):
United States Permanent Residents are persons who have been authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. Permanent Residents are issued a Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as Green Card, as a proof of their status (hence, the name “Green Card holders”).
A Green Card (Permanent Residence) is achieved by filling out and submitting Form I-485. This form is intended for persons who want to either adjust their nonimmigrant status to Green Card holders (permanent resident) or to immigrate to the United States as a Permanent Resident.
Adjustment of status (AOS) is the process through which you become a Green Card holder in the United States. Non-immigrants already physically present in the United States, such as temporary workers or Fiancés of American citizens, may apply to adjust their temporary status to become Green Card holders. This process is only for persons who are currently residing in the United States on a temporary non-inmigrant visa. If you wish to become a permanent resident, and you are not currently in the United States and do not have a valid United States visa, then you will need to apply for a Green Card through consular processing at your nearest Embassy
There are four immigrant categories through which you can immigrate: family, employee, special class and humanitarian programs.
Green Card through family:
Many people get Green Cards (become permanent residents) through family members. You may be eligible to get a Green Card as:
- An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, this includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
- A family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
- A family member of a Green Card holder, this includes spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring Green Card holder
Here at US-Immigration services we can assist you with your case.