Other Ways to Get a Green Card

Other Ways to Get a Green Card

Although the majority of immigrants come to live permanently in the United States through a family member’s sponsorship, employment, or a job offer, there are other ways a Green Card can be obtained.


Other Ways to Get a Green Card

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Although the majority of immigrants come to live permanently in the United States through a family member’s sponsorship, employment, or a job offer, there are other ways a Green Card can be obtained, such as the:

  • Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
  • K NonImmigrant Visa
  • Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status

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Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes up to 50,000 immigrant visas available annually, drawn from random selection among all entries to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.


K Non-Immigrant Visa

K NonImmigrant (includes fiancé(e))

The K-visa categories for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and their accompanying minor children (K-1 and K-2 visas) were created to speed up the immigration process for such individuals so they could travel more quickly to the United States.


Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act

Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Are the beneficiary of a qualified immigrant petition (Form I-130 or I-140) or application for labor certification (Form ETA-750) filed on or before April 30, 2001
    • Were physically present in the United States on December 21, 2000, if you are the principal beneficiary and the petition was filed between January 15, 1998, and April 30, 2001
    • Are currently the beneficiary of a qualifying immigrant petition (either the original Form I-130 or I-140 through which you are grandfathered or through a subsequently filed immigrant petition)
    • Have a visa immediately available to you
    • Are admissible to the United States

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status

The purpose of the SIJ program is to help foreign children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.