There Are Several Green Card Requirements. Make Sure You Apply for the Correct Type

There are many different types and classifications of United States visas. The green card is likely the most sought after type of visa available. A green card is also known as legal permanent residency. Those who have obtained a green card are allowed to legally remain in the United States on a permanent basis. There are a number of green card requirements and criteria that must be met in order to qualify for permanent residency. Green cards and other types of visas are controlled by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, a branch under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Eligibility for a Green Card

There are numerous ways that an immigrant may be eligible to apply for a green card. Through a family connection, employment, or refugee status are the most common ways that someone could qualify for permanent residency.

  • Family-Based – A relative of a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident may be eligible for a green card. This generally includes the spouse, parents, and unmarried minor children are among the qualified immigrants.
  • Employment-Based – An immigrant with a qualifying job offer in the U.S. may be eligible to apply for a green card.
  • Asylum-Based – A refugee immigrant who is from a country where there are serious dangers may be considered for an asylum-based green card.

It is important to note that simply because a person is eligible to apply for a visa does not guarantee that one will be granted. The USCIS reviews each application and makes a determination as to approval or denial.


Family-based and employment-based green card petitions are prioritized according to preferences. These priorities may impact the length of time it takes to receive a green card and there may be some restrictions on the number of green cards that will be granted from a particular category. For these reasons it is helpful to speak with an immigration attorney before you submit an application to the USCIS.

Assistance with Green Card Petitions

The immigration process can be a lengthy and complex one. There are many various types of visas available and making the choice of which application to submit can be a difficult one. Each case is different and you may have questions regarding which type of application to submit. An experienced immigration attorney is able to review your specific situation and help provide you with the alternatives as well as the pros and cons of each choice. Contact the skilled immigration attorneys at Udall Shumway PLC to assist you with your green card application.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Green Card Requirements, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.