America is seen by many as the “land of opportunity.” Perhaps it is for this reason that many people from abroad choose to immigrate to Georgia and elsewhere in the United States for employment. These people may wish to live in the country as lawful, permanent residents. To do this, they must obtain a Green Card.

To apply for a Green Card, a foreign-born person must satisfy the requirements of one of several specific categories. One of these categories is employment immigration. Immigrant workers can be first preference, second preference or third preference.

First preference workers have either an extraordinary ability in one of several fields, are an outstanding professor or researcher or are a multinational manager or executive meeting specific criteria. Second preference workers are professionals working in a field that requires an advanced degree, have an exceptional ability in certain fields or are pursuing a national interest waiver. Third preference workers are skilled workers whose profession requires at least two years of training or experience, professionals whose profession requires a bachelor’s degree or are an unskilled worker.

Obtaining a Green Card allows a foreign-born individual to reside and work in the U.S. While some individuals are eligible to apply for a Green Card as an immigrant worker, it is important to identify which preference they fall under. Any misstep in the application could lead to delays in the approval process or even an outright denial. Therefore, those seeking a Green Card as an immigrant worker often find it helpful to seek legal advice, so they can better understand the application process.