- What is an immigrant?
An immigrant is a person admitted to the U.S. with permission to live and work here permanently. Immigrants are often referred to as lawful permanent residents, which means that they hold a green card.
- How can I qualify to become an immigrant?
There are several ways in which you can qualify: if you have a close relative who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident to sponsor you; through an offer of employment, if you have a special skill that an employer cannot find locally; by investing at least $500,000 in a business that will provide employment for at least 10 U.S. workers; or through an annual immigrant visa lottery open to individuals who are natives of countries with low immigration rates to the U.S.