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Applying for a green card through a job offer

Foreigners who are offered a job in Georgia or any other state may be able to qualify for permanent residency in the United States. The process of obtaining a green card will begin with the employer filing Form I-140, or Petition for Alien Worker. If the immigrant qualifies to self-petition for the green card, the employer may not be required to file the petition for the prospective employee.

Form I-140 can be filed while the immigrant is living outside or inside of the United States. If the individual is living outside of the United States when the petition is filed, the U.S. Consulate will issue a visa upon approval of the petition. An individual who is living inside of the United States will need to file Form I-485, or Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, when the petition for employment is approved.

Form I-485 will require the applicant to gather some supporting evidence to prove eligibility for the change in immigration status. A copy of the immigrant petition, the applicant's Arrival Departure Record, or Form I-94, and an Affidavit of Support from the applicant's sponsor are a few of the items that will be needed.

Individuals seeking approval for a green card may improve their chances of success by enlisting the help of an immigration attorney who can help ensure that every piece of documentation that is needed for the petition and change of status form is gathered and completed correctly. In addition, the attorney may help the applicant to determine if there is any further evidence of eligibility that can be shown in an effort to strengthen the application.

Source: USCIS, "Green Card through a Job Offer", September 16, 2014

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