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How Can I Obtain a Green Card as a Special Immigrant?

By Peek & Toland on April 3, 2019

Some immigrants may qualify for a green card as a special immigrant. There are several different categories of special immigrant that might allow you to obtain a green card.

For example, you can apply for a green card as a special immigrant if you are a religious worker who is coming to the U.S. to work for a non-profit religious organization. Special immigrants also include international broadcasters, or members of the media who are coming to work in the U.S. Retired officers or employees of certain international organizations, NATO, and certain family members also may qualify as special immigrants.

 

How Can I Obtain a Green Card as a Special Immigrant?

Individuals also may qualify as special immigrants if they have Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status as children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by a parent. To be eligible for SJI status, these individuals must have been present in the U.S. prior to age 21, unmarried, and declared a dependent by a juvenile court. Furthermore, the juvenile court must make findings that reunification with one or both parents is not in the child’s best interests and that it would not be in the child’s best interests to be returned to his or her native country.

Finally, nationals of Iraq or Afghanistan may be eligible for green cards as special immigrants if they fall into one of the following categories:

·         Nationals who worked for the U.S. government as an Iraqi or Afghan translator

·         Nationals who worked for the U.S. government in Iraq for at least one year, so long as it was on or after March 23, 2003

·         Afghans who were employed by the International Security Assistance Force (SAF)

No matter the type of immigration issue you are facing, the skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Peek & Toland are here to assist you. We handle many different types of immigration cases every day and have the kind of strategic experience and skills that are necessary to reach the desired outcome. By calling our office as quickly as possible after your legal issue arises, we will have the best opportunity to successfully resolve your immigration law case.

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