Green Cards: Who May Apply?

What are green cards?

Greencardsgreen cards are the ultimate proof that an individual is a lawful resident of the United States. As a Permanent Resident Card holder, the holder has the right to live and work permanently in the United States. For immigrants, it is also the best proof to show that the person is a registered citizen in the United States in accordance with US immigration law.

Ways to apply for green cards

There are several ways on how to obtain green cards. For each program, it is governed by different rules and requirements for eligibility. It is important to identify the right program for you for quick and easy processing. To be able to find the correct program that will suit you best, find help with to USA Residency (, a sister website of USA Citizenships (

Ways to obtain green cards

green cards are available for the following purpose:

  1. Family-Based Immigration. This is available to relatives of a US citizen and relatives of Green Card holders;
  2. Employment Based Immigration. This is available under the following circumstances: Employment First Preference (E-1); Employment Second Preference (E-2); Employment Second Preference with National (I-140 Petition); Employment Third Preference (E-3) and Schedule A (Form 1040);
  3. green cards Lottery. Available only to winners of the Green Card Lottery;
  4. Investors. This may be availed of by foreign entrepreneurs with $500,000 investment in a commercial enterprise in a targeted employment area that will benefit the U.S. economy and create at least 5 full-time U.S. jobs and Foreign Entrepreneurs with $1,000,000 investment in a commercial enterprise that will benefit the U.S. economy and provide at least 10 full-time U.S. jobs;
  5. Adoption. This refers to the process of adopting children under sixteen years of age to be adopted by U.S. citizens or green card holders;
  6. Registry. This is a special program intented for foreign nationals who have resided in the U.S. since January 1, 1972;
  7. Private Bill. Foreign nationals that Congress (House of Representatives or Senate) believes have compelling humanitarian factors to stay permanently in the U.S. and for whom the USCIS cannot grant permanent resident status;
  8. Diplomats. This pertains to High-level Diplomat or A-1 visa that is unable or unwilling to return to their home country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution.
  9. Asylum. green cards which are intended for foreign nationals in the U.S. who are incapable or reluctant to return to their home country for fear of persecution on account of some circumstances like race, religion, nationality, or relationship in a particular social or political group.
  10. Refugee. Pertains to foreign nationals who were displaced because of war, famine, civil and political upheaval or unable to return to his country for fear of persecution;
  11. Special Immigrants. This refer to green cards intended for special institutions or with a special purpose like: Religious Workers; Former employees of U.S. Government ; Former employees of the Panama Canal Zone; Former employees of U.S. Armed Forces; Retired employees of International Organizations; Former employees of the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong; Employees of International Broadcasting Companies; Special agricultural workers; Foreign medical graduates ; Abused spouses and children of U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders; Permanent Residents who departed the U.S. for more than 12 months; and Foreign children declared dependent in U.S. Juvenile courts.

green cards program help

If you are confused as to what particular program to choose, don’t hesitate to call USA citizenships at (888) 940-0044 or USA Residency at (213) 784-1345. For more information, log on to