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The easiest and most common way to file for an immigration visa is through family sponsorship. You may have heard of “green card weddings,” which refers to people who get married solely to become a legal resident of the United States. While cases like these do exist, this is far from the norm. Having a relative who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident can greatly increase your chances of being approved for a visa.

Two Categories of Visas

There are two types of family-based immigrant visas, and applicants who wish to use this way of securing citizenship must fall into one of these two groups. An unlimited number of Immediate Relative (IR) visas are available. An immigrant must be classified as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen to qualify. These visa types include: 

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Harris County immigration lawyerImmigration has become a hot button topic in the United States over the last few years, especially in states that border Mexico. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mexico has the highest percentage of immigrants to the U.S., followed by China, Cuba, and India. When discussing legal and illegal immigration, various terms are used by the news media, yet very few sources explain the differences between the types of immigration documents that exist or how individuals can obtain them. A Green Card is one of the most popular terms used. This form of identification indicates that the holder of the card is allowed to live and work in the United States permanently. In other words, this card grants immigrants permanent resident status.

Who Is Eligible For a Green Card?

A variety of scenarios allow immigrants to obtain a Green Card. The most common forms of eligibility are family and employment connections. Those who have U.S. citizen family members or who work in the United States are typically eligible for permanent residency. There are also situations in which those seeking safety can apply for a Green Card. These include individuals with refugee or asylee status, human trafficking and crime victims, and victims of abuse. A category known as “special immigrants” refers to individuals such as religious workers or international broadcasters. Another group who can register for a Green Card are those people who have resided continuously in the United States since before Jan. 1, 1972.

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