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Who qualifies for a green card in the United States?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2023 | Immigration Law

A U.S. Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, allows foreign residents the right to live and work in the United States. Arizona workers know that qualifying for a green card is challenging and eligibility is limited.

Specific categories of foreign persons can apply for permanent residency in the U.S. Family-based applicants such as spouses, children and fiancées can apply. Immigration into the United States is a complex process that can take a long time and permanent residency is not guaranteed.

Highlights of green card eligibility?

There are several categories of eligibility for green card applicants. Here are a few of them:

• Religious workers working for a non-profit religious organization in the U.S.

can apply for permanent residency.

• Special immigrant juveniles who have suffered abuse or neglect and need the

protection of the juvenile courts are eligible.

• Refugees or Asylees fleeing persecution in their home country may apply after

one year of asylum in the U.S.

• Specialized workers in arts, science and medicine or those sponsored by U.S.

employers might be eligible to apply for a green card under specific sub-


The U.S. immigration policy offers many opportunities for foreign workers to gain permanent residence. Most applications require a lot of information and must go through multiple channels to get approval.

A highly requested green card or visa application

The fiancée visa is one of the most requested applications for entry into the United States. Many immigrants working in the U.S. often have a loved one or children in their home country. The fiancée visa is for a committed couple who plans to marry and live in the United States permanently.

Since the green card process can take years, in some cases, those couples planning to marry might apply for a fiancée visa to cut down some of the time and later apply for a permanent residency card.

The fiancée visa also takes time because the application is thorough and must be completed accurately. The slightest error can cause delays and additional fees.