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Permanent Residence (Green Card)

Lawful permanent residence (LPR), also known as a green card, means that an immigrant is permitted to live and work in the United States indefinitely. Once you become a permanent resident, you may apply for citizenship after five years (or three years if you are married to and live with a US citizen). There are several ways of becoming a permanent resident including the following:

Family-based immigration: US citizens and permanent residents may petition certain relatives for permanent residence. Click here for more information.

Employment-based immigration: Employers may petition their employees for certain jobs, and some workers may petition for themselves, particularly if they can proved extraordinary ability in their field. Click here for more information.

Asylum: Asylees and refugees are eligible for permanent residence one year after getting asylum or refugee status. Click here for more information on asylum.

Diversity visa: Every year, a small number of people are eligible to become permanent residents through the diversity visa lottery.

Crime Victims: If you have been a victim of certain serious crimes or if you were subjected to human trafficking, you may be eligible for permanent residence.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Children under 21 who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both parents (even if they still live with one parent) may be eligible for permanent residence.

Domestic Abuse: If you have been abused by a spouse who is a US citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for permanent residence.

For more information about these options and a full evaluation of your eligibility for permanent residence in the United States, please email or call (212) 988-5806 to schedule a consultation.