In simple terms, immigration is entering and staying in a country to which you are not a native. Each year, thousands of people flock the United States of America, either for a visit or to live and work there. The process and procedures of entering the US differ depending on the intention of visit. Getting a visa or green card are the ones most commonly used methods to facilitate the visit.
Understanding the green card process :
To immigrate to the US, you may get a visa, be sposored by relatives for a green card or get a green card through your own eligibility. An immigrant or non immigrant visa will facilitate your US immigration process. Non-immigrant visas are for temporary visits to the U.S. for tourism, study, or work. Immigrant visas allow for Permanent Residence in the U.S.
After entering the US as a visa holder, you will be able to adjust your status to a green card holder (permanent resident) subject to conditions for certain visa holders. Your green card acts as a proof of lawful permanent resident status in the US. As a green card holder, you get the right to live and work permanently in the US. There are many categories through which you can get a green card, One is through the family sponsorship category where your family member who is a US citizen or a green card holder will sponsor you. You can also get an employment based green card if you are sponsored by a qualified US employer. The diversity visa lottery or the DV lottery program is another way to get a green card. In this category, 55,000 applicants will be randomly selected to get a green card. If you are granted Refugee Status or Asylum, you may also apply for a green card but is subject to US immigration laws that differ accordingly.
As a green card holder, you have an additional advantage of helping your family members enter, live and work in the US. You also qualify for citizenship. Being a green card holder is the main eligibility requirement for citizenship. To have a peaceful stay in the US,always ensure that you follow the US immigration laws. You have to enter the US legally. In simple terms, if you had entered the US with the permission of the US immigration officials, it means you entered legally and will certainly help in all your future US immigration related matters. Immigrants who enter illegally are those who failed to get permission from immigration authorities to enter. This will be a major hindrance in all their future immigration matters. Immigration laws make it difficult for the ones who entered illegally to get a green card.
The US immigration forms are available on the uscis website and there are also many private websites that make the forms available on their website. They charge a fee for assisting their users in filling and filing the forms. The help of lawyers are also sought to fill the US immigration forms that can be confusing at times. The USCIS (formely the INS), the sole authority and government agency processes the US immigration forms and they are authorized to approve or reject the form. Every year approximately, 40 percent of the forms submitted are rejected because of it being erroneous or incomplete.