Most people who wish to stay in the United States long-term and gain the rights and privileges of legal residents seek a green card. To get a green card, you will have to qualify. U.S. immigration laws provide multiple categories under which you could become eligible for this status.
One of the most common categories is to request a green card because you have close family already living in the U.S. Generally, you will have to be a close relative of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident or you will need to be married to a citizen or permanent resident.
Employment or Work Situations
You can seek a green card through sponsorship from an employer within the U.S. Your employer will have to actively assist you, and your employment status will impact your ability to get approval. Journalists and religious workers also may qualify through their work in the U.S.
You may qualify if you have won asylum or are a refugee from your home country. Victims of crimes, including survivors of domestic violence, may also be able to secure a green card.
Additionally, there are some special situations where you may qualify. These include being chosen as part of the diversity lottery, being a Cuban citizen, or being a relative of a NATO employee. Individuals who have lived in the U.S. since before January 1, 1972, also have the option of registering for a card.