Green Card Process Steps

Even though the actual steps in the green card process may vary, the following are the overall high level

steps in the green card process.

  • Immigrant Petition:Either an employer, relative or in some cases the applicant filesan immigration petition for the beneficiary. e.g., I-140 is filed for employment based immigration while I-130is filed for family based immigration.
  • Immigrant Visa Availability:As there are quotas and restrictions in most categoriesof green card, a person is not immediately able to get the green card after the immigrant petition is completed.After the immigrant petition is approved, the case is transferred to the Visa center.