How to get a US Green Card as a Canadian Citizen

How to get a US Green Card as a Canadian Citizen

A US Green Card is another word for a lawful permanent resident of the United States. US Green Card holders are entitled to live, work and study in the United States and have fewer restrictions and more privileges than other immigrants to the US. US Green Card

Canadian Citizens must usually go through the same methods of obtaining a US Green Card as everyone else. There are three main ways a Canadian Citizen can obtain a US Green Card and become a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

1. Family Sponsorships

If you have family members who are US Citizens or US Green Card holders, they could be eligible to sponsor you for a Green Card of your own.

2. Spousal Sponsorship

If your spouse is a US Citizen or a US Green Card holder, they may be eligible to sponsor you for a US Green Card of your own. To do this, they would fill out an I-130 petition, but must make a certain amount of money each year or they will have to have someone else co-sign the sponsorship application.

There are two methods of spousal sponsorship in the US:

The foreign spouse remains outside of the United States while the application is processed by the consulate.

Or,

The foreign spouse is already in the United States as a student, worker, or visitor who marries an American and the spouse fills out the I-130 along with a few other forms that are filed in your home state.

3.Employment-based Petitions

If you have a US employer, they can also petition you for a US Green Card. In this case you are already in the United States on a work visa, such as an H-1B Visa. The employer will have to file an I-140 form to their local service centre.

While it might sound fairly simple, it’s not at all easy to get a US Green Card. These cases can be denied – and are – for many reasons. If you are a Canadian who is looking to obtain a US Green Card, get help from a licensed immigration lawyer with your application. It might mean the difference between approval and denial of your US Green Card application!

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