Permanent Residents are allowed to live and work in the U.S. regardless of visa status or sponsor. Permanent residents who obtained their green cards through family-based immigration may also be eligible to become citizens after five (or, in some cases, three) years, while those who obtained their green cards through employment-based immigration may be eligible to become citizens after five years. There are many avenues to obtaining permanent residence, including:
- Diversity Lottery
Each category has its own set of requirements and obligations. It is imperative to plan ahead when considering immigration options so as to maximize the chances of obtaining permanent residence and maintaining it.
Indus Law Firm approaches each case as a unique challenge and provides clients with clear answers to their questions and concerns.
Employment-based Permanent Residence
There are five preference categories of employment-based immigration. Most categories require sponsorship by a U.S. employer, but some do not. The categories of employment-based immigration are as follows:
- EB-1: Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Professors and Researchers/Multinational Executives
- EB-2: Exceptional Ability and Advanced Degree Professionals
- EB-3: Other Professionals, Skilled Workers and Unskilled Workers
- EB-4: Religious Workers and other Special Immigrants
- EB-5: Immigrant Investors
Employment-Based immigration is a complex and shifting landscape. Indus Law Firm guides employers and employees through every step of the process, providing expert advice and tailored solutions for companies and foreign nationals to ensure continuity and peace of mind.
We offer straightforward, reliable guidance in determining the appropriate preference category for foreign nationals, and develop long-term strategies to ensure consistency and predictability. Our firm offers extensive experience with labor certifications, educational equivalencies, and ability to pay issues.
Family-Based Permanent Residence
Family-based immigration is divided into two categories:
- Immediate Relatives: Spouses, Parents and Unmarried Children of U.S. citizens. This category is not subject to numerical limitations.
- Preference Relatives: There are four preference categories subject to numerical limitations, which means that if a visa number is not available there could be lengthy waits depending on the preference category.
- First Preference: Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens
- Second Preference: Spouses and unmarried sons and daughters of Permanent Residents
- Third Preference: Married sons and daughters (any age) of U.S. citizens
- Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens
Family-Based immigration can be a complicated, multi-step process. Indus Law Firm helps families at every step of the process, providing expert advice and tailored solutions so that family members get accurate and reliable results for ease of mind.
Our firm guides U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents through the long process of sponsoring relatives for green cards. Whether your relative is seeking to adjust status within the U.S. or obtaining a green card at a consulate abroad, our firm will be there to make sure you are prepared.