Emigrating to the USA
What you need to know when applying for a Green card
For many Brits, the United States remains one of the most popular destinations to emigrate to. It’s not difficult to see the appeal. America is a vast nation with a diverse and rich variety of cultures, climates and opportunities. When it comes to acquiring that much coveted green card however, many find the process challenging to say the least. It is also worth bearing in mind that holding a Green Card does not guarantee permanent residency (this despite the fact that holders are known as Lawful Permanent Residents). Green Cards are renewable every ten years and can be withdrawn for a number of different reasons-most notably should you commit a crime or it is discovered that you concealed or withheld important information in your application.
While a green card does not entitle you to all the benefits of full U.S. citizenship, it does make living in the US a lot simpler. The Green Card is the most a foreigner can attain initially, and obtaining one is seen by many as the vital first step in the journey of becoming a US citizen. For many people all over the world, the Green Card is a highly prized possession. The competition is vast, and Brits (for reasons of diversity) do not qualify for the annual green card lottery. With this in mind, we thought it might be useful to offer four top tips to acquiring that Green Card!
Top 4 Tips for getting a Green Card
- First preference employment visas are reserved for people with ‘extraordinary ability’. This pretty much means your the cream of the crop in your chosen profession. It includes a diverse range ofprofessions from academia and IT to engineering and Executive management. While the sectors may be diverse, the standard of skills and expertise required to fall into is very high. If you are lucky enough to fall into this class however, then congratulations! You will more than likely be immediately available for a Green Card!
- Second preference employment category is reserved for those who, while not quite as exceptional as those in the category above, are still relatively highly educated (degree level) and are capable of filling solid middle class professional roles. Such professions will include, teachers, accountants, nurses, business managers and engineers (to name just a few). Again, it is worth checking the US Department of State’s visa bulletin to determine ifyour profession happens to qualify at that particular time for this category.Second preference employment visas are generally quickly available, thoughtheir may be some waiting time, given the higher volume of applications.
4. Positive References letters of recommendation are an incredibly important component to your application, so make sure you get them right. For Brits, your reference will come from either a US family member, or a US based employer. Remember that the goal of these references is to convey to the immigration official that you are a responsible and worthy candidate, no more, no less. There is no need to produce implausible references overstating your achievements or credentials.
Obtaining a Green Card can be a lengthy and at times, frustrating process. However, if you can tick all of the above boxes, you've got a great shot!