Types of Green Cards


Types of Green Cards

laptop with permanent resident card of USA websiteEach year, many citizens of other countries who dream of living in the United States receive their Green Cards. The Green Card, officially known as the Permanent Resident Card, allows non-U.S. citizens to legally live and work in the U.S. Your ability to obtain a Green Card depends on family relationships, skills, and education, as well as humanitarian or other factors.

Determining the types of green cards you qualify for may not be easy. However, the Law Offices of Gregory P. Turner, an immigration attorney Cape Cod, MA, can advise on your options and work with you every step of the way.

Below are lists of people most likely to qualify for five common types of Green Cards. Of course, the list below does not include everyone who qualifies.

The most common of the Green Card types is the Family-Based Green Card. It is intended for:

  • Immediate family members of a U.S. citizen
  • Sibling of a U.S. citizen or immediate family member of a permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Fiance of a U.S. citizen

The U.S. also grants the Employment-Based Green Card to immigrant workers who:

  • Have extraordinary work-related abilities
  • Work in professions requiring advanced degrees
  • Are physicians willing to work in underserved communities
  • Have money to invest in job-creating businesses

The Humanitarian Green Card applies to those granted asylum status or admitted as refugees in the last year and those holding T or U nonimmigrant visas.

The Diversity Lottery Green Card goes to randomly selected citizens of countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.

The Longtime-Resident Green Card applies to those who have lived continuously in the U.S. since before 1972.

If you need advice and assistance applying for one of these types of Green Cards, the Law Offices of Gregory P. Turner, an immigration attorney in Cape Cod, MA, is ready to help. Call us today to learn more about US Green Cards.