Only 7.1% of worldwide visas per year are allocated for this category. The salient categories are:
Foreign Medical Graduates
You qualify as a special immigrant if you came to the U.S. before January 10, 1978, with an H or J visa if you meet the following conditions:
You came to the U.S. on a J-1 visa and were subject to the two-year home residency requirement, you were granted a waiver of the home residency requirement, or you received a â€œno objection letterâ€ from your home government.
Employees and Former Employees of the U.S. Government Abroad
If the U.S. government employed you abroad for at least 15 years, you may qualify for a green card as a special immigrant.
Your spouse and children may apply with you.
You must have the recommendation of the principal officer-in-charge of the U.S. government foreign office in which you were employed.
The U.S. Secretary of State must approve the officer-in-chargeâ€™s recommendation
If you are an employee of the American Institute in Taiwan, the Director or the Institute must recommend you.
Retired International Organization Employees (G-4s)
You have resided in the United States for 15 years minimum prior to retiring on a G-4 or N visa
Unmarried child of an officer, employee, former officer or former employee of an international organization qualifications:
Spouse of an officer, employee, former officer or former employee of an international organization qualifications:
You are eligible for a green card if you meet one of the following requirements:
You served honorably and on active duty for 12 years in U.S. Armed Services after October 15, 1978.
You enlisted outside the United States under a treaty or agreements with the Philippines, Micronesia, Marshall Islands or Palau.
If you served for 6 years on active duty and re-enlisted for 6 additional years.
Juvenile Court Dependents
If you are an alien who has been declared a ward by a juvenile court in the United States, you qualify for a green card as a special immigrant as follows:
You are under age 21 and unmarried
You have been declared dependent on a juvenile court located in the United States
The court says you are eligible for long-term foster care or you have been committed to the care of a state agency and
The court has determined that it is in your best interest to remain in the United States.
If you receive a green card in this category you will never be allowed to sponsor your natural or adoptive parents.
To qualify for as green card in this classification, you must belong to a religious denomination that has a non-profit religious organization in the U.S. You must have been a member of this denomination for at least two years before applying for your green card. The two-year period may have been in the U.S.
Once in the U.S., the following options are available:
You must work as a minister or priest of the religious denomination; OR
If before October 1, 2008, you seek to work as a professional, requiring a bachelorâ€™s degree or foreign equivalent, for a religious organization or its nonprofit affiliate in a religious vocation or occupation. Example: cantors, missionaries, religious
Your spouse and children may accompany you or follow to join.
Other classifications under this category are:
Broadcaster in U.S. employed by the International Broadcasting Bureau of the Broadcasting Board of Governors or a Grantee of same
Employees of the U.S. Mission in Hong Kong or Immediate Family Members
Certain Former Employees of the U.S. Government in the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government
Certain Former Employees of the U.S. Government Canal Zone
Certain Former Employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government on 4/1/1979
Certain Retired NATO-6 Civilians
Persons who lost U.S. citizenship or status due to Specified Terrorist Activity of September 11, 2001
Returning Residents and Persons Seeking Reacquisition of Citizenship (not subject to numerical limitation.)
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