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You can become a permanent resident in different ways. Most individuals petitioned or sponsored by a relative or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylum status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to apply on an individual basis.

The steps to become a permanent resident are different for each category and will depend on whether you are currently residing in the United States or abroad.


Residence through the Family

  • Immediate Relatives of US Citizens
  • Family of a US Citizen
  • Relatives of a Permanent Resident
  • Special Categories through the Family


Residence through a Job

  • Through a job offer
  • Through an investment (entrepreneur)
  • Through your own request
  • Through special categories of work


Residence Through Refugee or Asylee Status

  • Residence through refugee status
  • Residence through asylum status

Other ways to get the Residence

  • Diversity Visa Program (also known as Visa Lottery)
  • Equity Act for Legal Immigrant Families (LIFE)
  • Young Special Immigrant Status (SIJ)
  • Registry


Procedures and Procedures for Residence

  • Adjustment of Status, Residence Eligibility, Medical Examination
  • Renovation of Residence
  • Replacement of Residence
  • Maintenance of Permanent Residency
  • Conditional permanent residence
  • Rights and Responsibilities of a Permanent Resident
  • International travel

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