Immigration eligibility categories for green cards

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2022 | U.s. Immigration Law |

Many immigrants settle in Florida with the goal of becoming a permanent resident of the United States. A green card enables the holder to live and work anywhere in the country. It also enables them to leave and re-enter the United States as long as they do not stay abroad for more than one year.  

A green card applicant must meet one of several categories of eligibility. Each category has its own requirements that must be satisfied to qualify. It is possible to be eligible for one category but not another. Legal complications could arise if a green card application is not properly filled out.  

Common categories 

Family-based immigration is a common green card category. It typically pertains to spouses of U.S. citizens, or parents or children of U.S. citizens in certain circumstances. Additional green card categories include: Employment-based green card 

  • Special immigrant status (for religious workers or abused juveniles) 
  • Asylum or refugee status 
  • Born to a foreign diplomat while the diplomat was stationed in the United States 

An applicant must provide all required supporting documentation along with the completed green card application. 

What if legal problems arise? 

It is not uncommon for legal complications to arise when a Florida resident navigates the green card application process. If a person enters the country with a visa but stays longer than he or she is supposed to, it can cause adjustment of status complications. Other issues that are considered immigration violations may cause problems, as well. Anyone experiencing legal problems associated with a green card may request a consultation with an experienced immigration law attorney for guidance. 


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