How can I get my green card?

I am from Bulgaria and am working here in the US with a J1 visa. My uncle has lived here for 9 years and has his has green card. Is there any way I can get a green card, too? How can he help me for that? What should I do?

Asked on July 19, 2014 under Immigration Law, New York

Answers:

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Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Your uncle is not able to sponsor you because this is not a qualifying family relationship for immigration purposes.  However, if you are employed in the US, your employer may be able to petition for your permanent residence if you have an offer of permanent, fulltime employment from that employer.  The process will take some time but in the meantime, you can continue working for the employer if you also get a nonimmigrant work visa such as H-1B.  Assuming your J-1 does not have the conditional 2 year home residency requirement attached to it, you can complete the entire process within the US.  Another option is through family-based immigration such as via lawful bona fide marriage to a US citizen.


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