Getting a U.S. green card through a job offer

Attaining a U.S. green card through a job offer is one of the most common ways that people receive permanent resident status in America.

Typically, obtaining a green card through this method requires participation from one’s prospective employer. Usually employers file Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker to sponsor a potential green card holder.

Once the Form I-140 is filed and a visa number is available, the prospective employee may file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, in order to obtain permanent resident status.

A number of other documents should be submitted along with form I-485: Form I-94, Arrival Departure Record, the job offer letter from the employer, Form G-325A, Biographic Data Sheet, Form I-693, Medical Examination, Form I-864, Affidavit of Support and two color photographs taken in the last 30 days.

However, not all of these forms are necessarily required of applicants seeking a green card through a job offer. Prospective permanent residents may wish to investigate the specific requirements expected of them to ensure their green card application is complete.

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