PERMANENT VISAS / GREEN CARDS

Family Sponsored Immigration
U.S. citizens may petition for spouses, parents, children and siblings.  Permanent residents may petition for spouses and children.
 

EB-1 Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers and Multinational Executives and Managers
Individuals in this category can petition for permanent residency without having to file a labor certification.
 

EB-2 Workers with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability in the Sciences, Arts or Business
Individuals in this category have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process.  The labor certification involves testing the job market to demonstrate that the job available is not taken away from the U.S. worker.

EB-3 Skilled Workers and Professionals
Visa holders in this category must have a job offer and the potential employer must complete the labor certification process.
 

EB-4 Special Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers
 
Ministers of religion are eligible for permanent residency if they meet the requirements
 

EB-5 Investor/Employment Creation Visas
 
Congress has set aside up to 10,000 visas per year for alien investors in new commercial enterprises who create employment for ten individuals.  Investors must invest at least $1,000,000 in rural areas or areas experiencing unemployment.
 

DV-1 Visas (Visa Lottery)
 
By law, the U.S. diversity immigration program makes available a maximum of 55,000 permanent residence visas each year to eligible persons (5,000 of the 55,000 are made available to those under the NACARA program).  Visas are allotted in a random drawing to individuals.