How can an immigrant get a legal status to stay in the U.S.?
An immigrant can apply for legal permanent residency (LPR). This is the same thing as a “green card” or Alien Registration Card.
How can an immigrant obtain a green card?
There are various ways of obtaining legal permanent residency. Here are some of the most common:
- Family-sponsored immigration—if you are a spouse, parent, or unmarried child of a U.S. citizen.
- Employment-based immigration—if there is a demonstrated lack of U.S. workers for a specific position, generally a professional position requiring a university degree.
- Diversity visa lottery—there are only a limited number of these immigrant visas, and they are only available to immigrants from certain countries.
- Asylum—for people who fear persecution in their home countries and seek protection in the U.S.
- Other options may be available in unusual circumstances. To learn more about any of these options, you should consult with an immigration expert.