Does Having a Job Help You Get a Green Card?

The prospect of a job offer in the United States can fill many immigrants with hope. Will this be an opportunity to obtain a green card? While a job does make it easier to get a green card, there are still certain stipulations that must be taken into consideration.

If you have been offered a job in the US and are anxious to know if this could be your ticket to a green card, then read on. The governmental regulations for employment-based green cards can be difficult to understand, but we're here to help.

Understanding Employment-Based Green Cards

The job you've been offered must be both full-time and permanent. The government wants to know that your employer will keep you on for the foreseeable future, not just a few weeks or months. Because there is a limit to the amount of green cards distributed per year, individuals with more specialized jobs, such as a professor, are more likely to receive a green card.

If your job meets the most basic qualifications, it then has to be certified by the US Department of Labor (DOL). This means that the US employer has to prove to the DOL that no qualified US citizen desires to take the job. If unable to do so, then you will likely not receive the job.

The DOL then determines if your employer is willing to take on the hardship of labor certification. The employer is required to cover all labor certification costs, as well as the time costs of an attorney. This can be difficult and some employers are unwilling to do so.

The last step is to determine what you will do while waiting for a green card. Green cards can sometimes take years to formally distribute, so you may have to apply for a nonimmigrant work visa, which can also be hard to achieve right away.

If you are unsure whether your job offer will qualify you for a green card, contact a New York immigration lawyer from our firm today. We can give you the assistance you need during such a confusing time!

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