There are multiple paths toward Green Card sponsorship in Tennessee, and one of our experienced Nashville immigration attorneys can discuss your options with you.
Having a Green Card, which is another way of saying that you have permanent residency in the US (i.e., LPR status), means that you can work and live in the United States lawfully. If you obtained your Green Card through marriage and were married for less than two years at the time of being granted your Green Card, for the two years after your Green Card is initially approved, you will be a conditional permanent resident. After that time, you must file a petition to remove the conditional status and become a lawful Permanent Resident of the United States. If your Green Card is issued in a category other than based on marriage, your first Green Card is valid for 10 years, unless you are found to have “abandoned” your permanent residence through a prolonged trip abroad or you are “deportable,” such as through committing certain crimes. Understanding the different ways to obtain Green Card sponsorship in Tennessee is critical. Multiple Green Card eligibility categories exist. Our Nashville immigration lawyers can provide you with more information and assist you with seeking permanent resident status in the United States.
Sponsorship Through a Family Member
You may be able to obtain a Green Card through family sponsorship. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you may be eligible to obtain family sponsorship if you are one of the following:
- The spouse of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- The adult or minor child of a U.S. citizen
- An unmarried adult or minor child of a permanent resident
- A parent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old
- The brother or sister of a U.S. citizen
- The fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen
- The child of the fiancé(e), or the widow or widower of a U.S. citizen (as long as you were married to the U.S. citizen at the time of their death).
In addition, a lawful permanent resident who is a family member may be able to sponsor a Green Card in some circumstances, specifically for a spouse or an unmarried child. In other words, permanent residents can sponsor family members, too, but fewer family members than can U.S. citizens. For that reason, sometimes it is advantageous for a permanent resident to file an application for U.S. citizenship.
Sponsorship through an Employer
Sponsorship for a Green Card also occurs commonly through an employer. Employers can sponsor a Green Card for foreign workers who will be coming to work in the United States, as well as for workers who are currently living in the United States. There are multiple categories of eligibility for Green Card sponsorship through employment that you should discuss with an attorney to determine whether you are eligible.
Other Paths to Green Cards
Beyond the methods of sponsorship or paths toward a Green Card listed above, there are several other categories in which a person might be classified to be eligible for a Green Card. Those categories include but are not limited to:
- Asylee or refugee status;
- Special immigrant status, which may include religious workers, a person with Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, certain nationals of Afghanistan or Iraq (mainly translators and others who assisted the U.S. government), international broadcasters, or employees of certain international organizations or their family members;
- Victims of crime (U visa) or human trafficking (T visa);
- Victims of domestic abuse;
- Cuban natives or citizens under the Cuban Adjustment Act;
- Diversity visa holders through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (often called the diversity “lottery” based on how immigrants are selected from underrepresented countries); or
- Certain people stationed in the United States as foreign diplomats or children born to foreign diplomats in the United States.
Many of these categories also allow family members like spouses, siblings, and parents to benefit from a Green Card as well.
Contact a Nashville Immigration Lawyer Today
If you have questions about your eligibility for a Green Card or for sponsorship, it is important to seek advice from an experienced Nashville immigration attorney. One of the immigration lawyers at Ozment Law, PLC, can speak with you today about your situation and your options for seeking permanent residency. Contact Ozment Law, PLC, for more information.