The United States, popularly known as the land of milk and honey, evokes a picture of perfect living, well-maintained infrastructure, quality health care, and tremendous opportunities for career growth. It is not surprising that it has long since maintained its top position among the most coveted immigration destinations for many Indians over the decades. There is always a long queue of people who are waiting in line to immigrate to the United States. In this post, we take a look at five easy ways in which you can successfully immigrate to USA.
Top 5 Ways to Get a Green Card
1. EB-5 Regional Investment Immigration Program
If you are able to Invest at least 500,000 USD in an EB-5 regional center, which has been approved by the US government, for an average period of five years, then you will be able to apply for conditional green cards that can permit you and your immediate dependent family to enter the United States. You will be able to obtain this green card in as little time as 18 months and with this card, you and your family members will be able to live and work anywhere in the country. It seems an investment well worth making as it helps you to get the coveted green card in an extremely short time, and moreover, you do not need to fulfill any age, educational background, or English proficiency requirements. This investment would have to be made in a project that commits to employ at least 10 or more American citizens over a period of two years. Once the requirement is in place you can apply for a permanent green card. Once you complete five years from the date of entry to the USA, the money is returned to you.
2. EB-5 Direct Investment Program
To qualify for a green card under this program, you will need to invest a minimum amount of 1 million USD. However, in this case, you will have complete control over your investment as it will be in your own business. You will need to make a commitment to employ at least 10 people over a period of two years in your investment project. The processing time for this visa is also 18 months after which you will be able to enter the United States legally. Once you fulfill all the conditions of your visa program, you will qualify to apply for permanent green cards for you and your family members. One advantage of this program is that you can obtain a green card with a discounted investment of 500, 000 USD if you opt to set up your business in an area that has an unemployment rate.
3. Inter-corporate Transfer Program
If you have the required skills and work experience, then you can obtain a green card, by getting a transfer from your home country to the USA in an executive or managerial position at a higher management level. This option is not open for middle management or junior management positions, but only for those employed at the senior management level. You will need to have excellent skills as well as a number of years of work experience in a relevant field to qualify for this program. Moreover, you will also need to have worked for a minimum duration of one year over the immediately preceding three years of the application date. If you qualify for this program and your company is willing to transfer you, then you can obtain a green card in 18 months’ time.
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4. E-2 Visa Program
If you are a citizen of a country that has an E-2 treaty agreement with the USA, then you can be eligible to apply for a green card through this program. To qualify for a green card under this program you will need to invest between 75,000 USD to more than 200,000 USD in a business. The amount will vary depending on the area and industry in which the investment will be made. Once you successfully qualify for this visa, you will be given a visa with a validity period of five years. This visa can be renewed an infinite number of times and you and your spouse will be able to work anywhere in the United States. You can use this visa as a stepping stone to qualify for the EB-5 visa program which will enable you to obtain a green card in 18 months and easily migrate to the United States of America.
5. EB-1 Exceptional Ability Immigration
If you are a genius in your field, or in other words, have demonstrated extraordinary ability in any of the sciences, arts, academic, sports or business fields, then you will be able to apply for a green card through this visa program. You will be required to prove your expertise or genius with a degree of plausibility in order to meet the US government’s criteria for an EB-1 immigrant. Such criteria can include the awards and honors that have been awarded to you as well as any highly cited documents published by or about you.