Where can I apply for a Green Card?

Where can I apply for a Green Card?

A Green Card is an immigrant visa for the USA. There are several different paths you can take to apply for an immigrant visa to permanently reside in the USA. In general, all applications are sent to and processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After USCIS has approved the Green Card application, the main Green Card applicant will be invited to complete the so-called “consular processing” at the US embassy in their home country. Since 2004, the Green Card application must be completed and submitted online.   

Generally, there are three Green Card categories:

  • Immigration through winning the Green Card Lottery - "Diversity Visa Program"
  • Immigration through a job/investment - "Employment-based categories”
  • Immigration through family unification - "Family-based categories"

Admission requirements, application processes and features, waiting times, the authorities responsible, and costs all differ depending on the Green Card category. The first step is to identify which Green Card category applies to you. Maybe you have relatives in the USA, a job offer in the USA or have an idea for a new business in the United States? Some things never change though and the easiest way for USA fans to get a Green Card is to participate in the Green Card Lottery.


Green Card through the Green CardLottery

The simplest way to get a Green Card is through the Green Card Lottery. The U.S. Department of State gives away 55,000 Green Cards through the Diversity Visa Program every year. Even though a fair amount of luck is needed, this path is the most available to those looking to make their dream of living in the USA come true. People in each participating country have a fair chance to win since no country receives more than 7% of the total Green Cards.

Getting one of these highly sought-after resident permits through the Green Card Lottery is easy. All you must do is apply to participate in the drawing that takes place every year. Green Card Today provides a wide range of comprehensive services, especially in all matters concerning the Green Card Lottery. In case you are one of the 55,000 annual lucky winners, you have the right to apply for a Green Card and immigrate to the USA.

Tips for the application:

  • Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 automatically receive a Green Card when they are included in the application.
  • Spouses of winners in a same-sex marriage automatically receive a Green Card if the marriage is legal under US law.


Under certain conditions, US citizens can also file immigrant visa applications for immediate relatives. US immigration law allows the following family members of US citizens to apply for a Green Card:

Immediate relatives of a US citizen:

  • Spouse
  • Unmarried children under the age of 21
  • Parents of US citizens (if the US petitioner is over the age of 21)

Other Close Family Members:

  • Unmarried children over the age of 21 (First Preference)
  • Married children over the age of 21 (Third Preference)
  • Brother or sister (Fourth Preference)

Please take note that US citizens cannot apply for an immigrant visa for other family members like aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, etc. and these relatives do not qualify for a Green Card through family unification.