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Immigrant Visas
(Permanent Residency / Greencard)

Obviously, not all foreign nationals qualify for Permanent Resident status. Therefore, the first analytical step of a case is to determine whether the applicant's situation/basic fact pattern falls within any of the situations enumerated in the law for the acquisition of Permanent Resident status.

Pathway #1 Family-Based Immigration
Pathway #2 Employment-Based Immigration
  EB-2, Labor Certification
  EB-3, Labor Certification
Pathway #3 Refugee/Asylum: Fear of Persecution
Pathway #4 The Diversity Lottery Program
Pathway #5 Various Special Programs


Pathway #5 : Various Special Programs

From time-to-time, the Congress passes various special programs that afford foreign nationals the option for Permanent Resident status. Perhaps the programs of greatest potential relevance are: 1) the possibility of enacting an Amnesty Program; and 2) certain initiatives to provide Permanent Residence to children of unauthorized aliens who have attained a college education (i.e., the DREAM Act). In addition, our immigration laws contain certain provisions that confer Permanent Residence as a matter of law, such as: Registry, Suspension of Deportation, and certain Country-Specific measures.

NOTE: Immigration law changes frequently. The resources and information provided on this web site are intended to help you understand basic issues involved in the immigration process, and are offered only for general informational and educational purposes. This information is not offered as, nor does it constitute legal advice or legal opinions. Although we strive to keep this information current, we neither promise nor guarantee that the information is the latest available, or that it applies to your specific situation. You should not act or rely upon the information in these pages without seeking the advice of an attorney.

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