As opposed to non-immigrant visas that are temporary and expire after a defined time period, a Green Card (really they are blue and pink) confers on its holder the right to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. There are three basic avenues to obtain a Green Card.
- Through employment with a firm doing business in the US
- Close family ties to a US citizen or permanent resident
- Being selected in the Diversity Lottery system
The process to obtain a Green Card can be time consuming and complex.
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