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1 Four Ways to Apply for a Green Card Law Offices of Jacqueline Lentini

2 Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) What is a green card? – Allows foreign nationals to work in the US for any employer – Permits self-employment – Cannot vote – Can be deported if commit a crime that would rise to the level of deportation

3 Immigration Agencies -U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) -Customs and Border Protection (CBP) -Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Other Agencies: – Department of State (DOS) issues visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad – Department of Labor (DOL) oversees H-1B and involved in green card through employment process 3

4 Family Immediate Family, spouse and children of a U.S. Citizen (USC) means no wait Unmarried sons and daughters of USCs 21 years or older (1 st Preference) Parents of a USC, if citizen 21 years old (1 st Preference) Spouses & unmarried, minor sons & daughters of Permanent Residents (2A Preference) Unmarried Sons and Daughters over 21 (2B Preference) Married sons and daughters of USCs 21 or older (3 rd Preference) Brothers & sisters of USC (4 th Preference)

5 Family Visa Bulletin August 2010 FamilyAll Chargeabil ity Areas, Except Those Listed China- Mainland Dominican Republic IndiaMexicoPhilippines 1 st 01 Aug Nov 9201 Jan 96 2A01 Mar Mar 0801 Mar 0901 Mar 0801 Mar 09 2B01 Jan Jun 9201 Aug 01 3 rd 01 Jan Mar 9201 May 94 4 th 01 June 0101 Jun June 0101 Jan 9401 Apr 90

6 Diversity Visa Lottery High school degree required 55,000 limit per fiscal year Country limit of 7%

7 Diversity Visa Lottery August 2010 RegionVisas AllocatedCountry with Highest Number of Visas Africa52.63%Ghana Europe29.04%Ukraine Asia14.62%Bangladesh South, Central America & the Caribbean 1.93%Venezuela Oceania1.76%Australia North America.02%Bahamas

8 Asylee/Refugee: Fleeing Persecution Refugee applies from outside the U.S. Asylee applies from within the U.S. Must establish well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

9 Employment EB-1: Extraordinary Ability, National Interest Waiver, Multi-national Executive or Manager EB-2: Outstanding Researcher, Professional with an Advanced Degree EB-3: Professional or Skilled Worker EB-4: Special immigrants such as reacquisition of citizenship, religious workers EB-5: Investor program

10 Employment Visa Bulletin August 2010 Employme nt Based All Chargeabili ty, Except those Listed China, Mainland Dominican Republic IndiaMexicoPhilippines 1 st CCCCCC 2 nd C01 Mar 06C CC 3 rd 01 Jun 0422 Sep 0301 Jun 0401 Jan 02U01 Jun 04 4 th CCCCCC 5 th CCCCCC

11 Employment Alphabet soup of visas: A, B-1/B-2, C, E-1, E-2, E-3, F-1, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, J-1, K, L-1A, L-1B, M-1, O-1, P-1, R-1, U and V visas H-1B main visa-apply abroad or from US like many international students seeking to change status in U.S. to work after graduation Long waits for green card/permanent residency Visa Bulletin


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