Avoid The Grueling Green Card Application Process

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passport-documentsA green card allows non-citizens to establish permanent residency in the U.S. There are numerous bases on which green cards can be attained, such as: relation to U.S. citizens, relation to green card holders, winning the green card lottery, political asylum, and employment.

In this article, we look at the process that Colorado green card applicants experience as they pursue permanent U.S. residency based on employment. This process can be quite complicated, especially when applicants are not familiar with the United States legal process.

To avoid what is often considered, a grueling process for obtaining a green card, consult with an immigration lawyer who can help every step of the way.

Green Card Process

Step One: Consulting with an Immigration Attorney

Due to its officiousness and complexity, the employment green card process ideally begins with consulting with Denver immigration lawyers. By consulting with immigration lawyers, applicants can determine which category they will apply under: EB1, EB2, EB3, EB4, or EB5.


*The EB1 contains three categories. They pertain to: (1) people with exceptional talent in art, science, athletics, education, or business; (2) outstanding professors and researchers; and (3) international managers and executives located in the U.S.


* The EB2 contains three categories, They pertain to: (1) people with advanced degrees (masters or higher) that have a job offer from a U.S. employer; (2) people with exceptional ability in science, business, or art that have a job offer from a U.S. employer and (3) people with exceptional ability, or an advanced degree, who can demonstrate that their ability or degree will benefit U.S. national interest.


* The EB3 contains three categories. They pertain to: (1) people with a U.S. bachelor’s degree, or a foreign equivalent degree, who have a job offer from a U.S. employer; (2) people with at least two years of training for a skilled position who have a job offer from a U.S. employer; (3) people with less than two years of training who have a job offer from a U.S. employer.


* The EB4 applies to the following people: religious workers, former employees of the Panama Canal Zone, former U.S. government employees, former U.S. Armed Forces employees, retired employees of international organizations, certain agricultural workers, foreign medical graduates, abused spouses and children, juvenile foreign children, refugees, asylum seekers, and retired civilians with a NATO-6 visa.


* The EB5 applies to people who invest in a U.S. commercial enterprise that benefits the U.S. economy. The investment must be at least $1,000,000, or at least $500,000 if the enterprise is located in a targeted employment area.

In addition, the investor must create at least 10 full-time jobs for qualified employees, or maintain the pre-investment level of employees for at least two years if the investment is in a troubled business.

Step Two: Achieving Labor Certification

The applicant’s employer applies for the labor certification (ETA-750) to the Department of Labor (DOL).

Step Three: Achieving Permanent Immigration Status

The applicant’s employer applies for permanent immigration status (I-140) to U.S. citizenship and immigration services (USCIS).

Step Four: Achieving adjustment of status

To achieve adjustment of status and receive a green card, the applicant has an attorney file form I-485, or undergoes consular processing at a U.S. consulate in his or her home country.

Step Five: Receiving a green card

After successfully completing the previous four steps, green card applicants receive their green card from the USCIS.

This article was written by Seth Thompson in representation of Joseph Law Firm, the number one firm for when hiring an immigration lawyer in Denver Colorado

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