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Immigration Forms – Choose and File the Right Form for the Appropriate Category

Jul 9th 2015 at 3:56 AM

There are many ways to apply for the green card status in the United States. The steps involved in the green card application process vary from one category to another. The different categories available for this process are:

  • Through family

Green card status can be applied by the immediate relatives of US citizens. Immediate relatives are generally parents, spouses or children under the age of 21.

  • Through employer

Companies generally process the visa for the immigrants using the various immigration forms in order to make them work for the company without any legal problems. The first preference for the selection of these candidates will be given to the priority workers (people who have extraordinary skills), then to the professionals with advanced degrees, skilled workers, immigrants who need religious vocations and finally, investors.

  • As refugee or asylum status

The person who entered into the country as refugee can apply for the green card application process after 1 year of stay. While it is mandatory for the refugee to apply for permanent residence after 1 year, it is a choice for the asylee.

Immigrants need to file their petition with the respective forms to the USCIS for the application process to be started. There are different forms available for different purposes.

  • Form n-400

This form is used for the application of US citizenship. Form N400 can be filed by people with green card status in order to become part of the country.

  • Form i-485

In order to change the current status of the person who is already present in United States, I 485 forms are completed and submitted for adjusting the status to permanent resident.

This immigration form is used by the employment agencies in order to request foreign nationals to work for them in the country without any legal problems.

  • Form i-130

This form is used for petitioning an alien relative of an US citizen. Each relative should be filed in separate forms. The cost of the application for these relatives to obtain green card status is $420.

The appropriate form has to be chosen according to the current status of the person while applying for permanent residency. All the required documents have to be prepared and submitted to the USCIS in order to be interviewed and accepted as a permanent resident of US.

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