Permanent residence on H2b

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Permanent residence on H2b

I have worked in the US for 4 years
now, first on a J1 Visa and then 3
years on a H2b. I would like to know
what are the requirements regarding
applying for permanent residence or a
green card while on a H2b.

Asked on November 10, 2016 under Immigration Law, Florida

Answers:

SB Member California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You have to have a petitioner in order to apply for permanent residence.  That petitioner must either be an employer or a qualifying family relation.  YOu cannot just file for permanent residence on your own.  Also, if your J-1 had a 2 year conditional residency attached to it, even if you have a petitioner, unless you satisfy the conditions of the 2 year home residence or obtain a waiver thereof, you will not be able to apply for permanent residence.


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