Other ways to obtain a Green Card

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Other Ways to Obtain a Green Card

Most Green Cards are obtained through employment, investment, a family member’s petition, the Diversity Visa program, and a refugee/political asylum application.  However, there are other ways to get a Green Card.  These Green Cards are limited to individuals meeting particular qualifications and/or applying during certain time frames. 

Individuals in the following categories can apply for Green Cards:

  • Amerasian Child of a U.S. Citizen
  • American Indian Born in Canada
  • Armed Forces Member
  • Cuban Native or Citizen
  • Haitian Refugee
  • Help HAITI Act of 2010
  • Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act
  • Informant (S Nonimmigrant) 
  • Lautenberg Parolee
  • Legal Immigration Family Equity (LIFE) Act
  • Person Born to Foreign Diplomat in United States
  • Registry
  • Section 13 (Diplomat)
  • Victim of Criminal Activity (U Nonimmigrant)
  • Victim of Trafficking (T Nonimmigrant)

Individuals in the following “Special Categories of Jobs” can apply for Green Cards:

  • Afghan/Iraqi Translator
  • Broadcaster
  • International Organization Employee
  • Iraqi Who Assisted the U.S. Government
  • NATO-6 Nonimmigrant
  • Panama Canal Employee
  • Physician National Interest Waiver
  • Religious Worker

Individuals in the following “Special Categories of Family” can apply for Green Cards:

  • Battered Spouse or Child (VAWA)
  • K Nonimmigrant (includes fiancé(e))
  • V Nonimmigrant
  • Widow(er)

Those under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) can also obtain a Green Card.

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