Getting a Green Card is a complicated process for international students. It is worth trying as holding a Green Card gives you many opportunities for work and living in the USA. You will be able to access the privileges that American citizens have. In order to make your dream come true and become successful in a foreign country, you should be well informed and prepared to some difficulties. Let`s find out how you can become eligible to get that longed-for Green Card.
As an international student you should remember that after your graduation you have to return to your home country. However, in case there are some political upheavals or a civil war in the place you live, you can apply for a political asylum. First of all, hire a reputable immigration lawyer who would consult you in such issues. Many students, who tried to get Green Card in such way, were ineligible for asylum. You should be very careful because the next time you will try to do it, the immigration department of the USA will already know your intensions.
Green Card lottery
If you think that you are a lucky person, you should definitely try yourself in the Electronic Diversity Visa lottery. It is worth trying but there is no guarantee that you will win. Such lottery is held every year. However, if you are have not finished high school yet, you are not eligible to apply.
Sponsorship by a business owning relative
You have a chance to get Green Card if you have a relative in the USA with a substantial business who can sponsor your work and living. However, there are many nuances in such cases, so it is better to consult your immigration lawyer and do everything according to set rules.
If you are a specialist in some particular scientific, engineering or health disciplines, you can get Green Card through the job sponsorship. It means that your American company which wants to hire you can sponsor you for a Green Card. However, unemployment and difficult economic situation in your home country can prevent you from getting visa. Moreover, the company should prove that it can`t find an equally qualified American citizen for the position. You will fail if there are many Americans who are qualified enough to perform that kind of job. Your chances are high in case you have specialized skills. Your employer can also apply for the “National Interest Waiver” and prove that your employment will improve the US economy, working conditions for US citizens, contribute to the education, national security, and health.
Another way to get a Green Card is to enroll to serve in the US Military. International students who have been in the USA for about two years can be eligible to join some career fields by the military. Doctors, nurses, and psychologists are always in great demand. Speak with military recruiters to find more information about the eligibility criteria. Don`t forget to hire a lawyer to pursue your Green Card application.
Getting Married to US citizen or permanent resident
It is probably the easiest method to get a Green Card. Everything you should do is to fall in love with American who will sponsor you for your Green Card after your marriage. However, there can be many obstacles. First of all, you should prove that your marriage is real. You will be asked various questions about your life together and even about the intimate details. If you have managed to do it successfully, you will get a two year temporary Green Card. Then, you will get a permanent Green Card. Such measures are compulsory as the immigration department wants to make sure than your marriage is real. Consult your lawyer to find out more information.
Sponsorship by a US citizen parent or child
There can be rare cases when an international student has a US citizen parent or child who can sponsor for a Green Card. But it is more likely that you live with your close relatives together in your home country.