Green Cards: Permanent Residency through
Work, Family, Investment, Fear, or Luck
"Green cards" are documents that allow
persons from other countries to live and work in the United States
permanently. A person with a green card is a permanent
resident in the United States. Permanent residents have many of the
same rights and obligations of U.S. citizens. The major
differences are that permanent residents cannot vote and they can be deported for
certain types of crimes.
Below are information and links to details about the most common
ways for obtaining permanent residency in the United States.
You can obtain a green card through your employment in the United
States, based on your
occupation, or because of
shortages of qualified
U.S. workers for your position.
green card opportunities include:
EB5 Immigrant Investor Visa: You can obtain your green card through a large investment in a
business in the United States. Typically, you must invest either
$500,000 or $1 million and create 10 full-time, permanent jobs for
U.S. workers. You can either create your own company or invest in a
special entity called a USCIS-designated Regional Center. Whichever
investment option you choose, this green card path is called the EB5
Immigrant Investor Visa category (or just "EB5 Visa" for short).
more information about EB5 Visas, please see our page on
Petitions for Immigrant Investors.
Please note: Although the EB5 Visa is technically the only truly
"investment-based" immigrant visa category, it is by no means the only type
of immigrant visa available to investors and entrepreneurs. If fact,
sometimes--depending on your circumstances--your immigration lawyer and you
may determine that even though you might also qualify for an EB5 Visa some
other approach may be a better fit for you. If you have any questions about
whether the EB5 Visa approach or some other approach will work better for
your family and you, please contact us.
You may also obtain a green card based on your family
relationship with a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
More information about
opportunities is available on the Peng & Weber site.
You may be granted
and be eligible for a green card if you fear certain types of persecution if
you return to your home country. Find out more information
You may be eligible to receive a green card through the
lottery, which provides
permanent residency for citizens of certain countries through a
random drawing. Find out more information about the
Select any of the options above to learn more about that
process for obtaining a green card. If you would like assistance
applying for permanent residency, please
contact Peng & Weber for a