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How can an immigrant receive a green card from a job?

South Carolina immigrants may be interested to learn how a green card could be obtained through an employment offer in the U.S. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an employer generally needs to petition for an immigrant worker by filing Form I-140 in order for the immigrant to qualify for this type of green card.

If an individual is living outside of the U.S. when he or she is offered an employment opportunity in the country, he or she would need to go through consular processing. This happens after the approval of Form I-140 is obtained and a visa becomes available. The USCIS will work together with the Department of State to grant the visa.

If the immigrant already lives in the U.S. when the job offer appears, he or she can have his or her status adjusted to gain a green card. After the approval of the I-140 application and a visa number becomes available, the immigrant would need to apply for the Form I-485, which is the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. In addition, certain supporting evidence must be provided along with this application, including two recent color photos, a job offer letter from an employer, a copy of the approved notice issued by the USCIS and other forms.

For immigrants who hope to get an employment visa or employers who wish to hire a foreign worker, seeking guidance from an experienced immigration attorney may make the process easier. An immigration attorney could assist their client in gathering the necessary evidence and supporting documentation for their visa request and help ensure that it is accurate and submitted in a timely manner.

Source: USCIS, "Green Card through a Job Offer", October 15, 2014

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