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Immigration – Green Card

The green card (known as a permanent resident) gives the foreign national a right to live and work in the United States. Permanent residency can be obtained in a number of ways:

Employment based Green Card

The Immigration and Nationality Act makes 140,000 employment-based immigration visas available every year. The employment-based visas are divided into the following 5 categories:

Family based Green Card

Family based immigration is divided into the following categories:

The above-mentioned types of  family-based immigration visas do not have a yearly quota.

Other ways of Obtaining Green Cards

Although obtaining a Green Card through employment and family are the most common ways, there are other ways to qualify for a Green Card as described below:

Green Card Through Lottery

A Diversity Program mandated by the United States allocates 50, 000 visas per year to nationals from countries with low rates immigration to the United States. The applicants must meet specific requirements including specific skills/work experience.

K – Visa

The K Visa was created to speed up the immigration process for the fiance’ and the children of a US Citizen so that they can accompany them in the United States as soon as possible. For further information on the K-Visa, please see here.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

The SIJ program was created to help foreign children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected and so are unable to be reunited with a parent obtain a green card and live and work in the United States.  In order to qualify for a Green Card through the SJI Act, the following condition apply:

The recipient of a Green Card through the SJI program cannot petition for their parents and are only permitted to petition for their siblings until after they have become US citizens.


A person can apply for a Green Card one year after :


You must apply for a Green Card 1 year after you are admitted to the United States as a refugee if you:


The asylee can apply for a green card one year after being granted asylum if they:

Removal of Conditions

Under certain circumstances a beneficiary may be granted a conditional permanent residency in the United Stated. The beneficiary may qualify to have these conditions removed by filing an application with the USCIS. Please see here for further information on removal of conditions.

How we can Help

Trupti N Patel & Associates – Immigration Attorney Boston has experience of filing for Green Card in various categories including for Business Immigration, Family Immigration, K-Visa and on behalf of asylees. Please call us at (617) 367-6750 or click here to request a consultation with one of our Immigration Attorneys at our offices in Boston, Massachusetts.

If you are planning on attending an in-person consultation with one our immigration Attorneys, you might like to see the Directions to our Office.

Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates
One Boston Place, 201 Washington St #2600, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 367-6750


Client Testimonials

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“Thank you so much for all of the hard work you have put in to the process of helping me become a permanent resident. This has been a long journey that has been challenging at times. It has taken 6 years, 3 jobs, 2 states, 2 renewals of my H1-B, multiple trips to embassies/consulates in…

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AG A Greig
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“First to say – i finally received a green card with these guys help! Everyone working at this law office is very knowledgeable and responsive. I have been working with them through my employer and it has been several years. My H1B was approved through this law office as well. I recommend anyone who is…

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S Shin K.
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“It is recommended that one should have an immigration lawyer handy. I recommend that this attorney be Trupti Patel. My case was not straightforward and they were very helpful. They get a lot of referrals and very busy but always available when you need them. I found them very knowledgeable about all types of immigration…

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H Harvik R.
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We are extremely happy with the Trupti N. Patel & Associates services, and it has been almost ten years that we have been working with Attorney Patel and her staff for all our US non-immigrant visa and immigration requirements and they consistently provide us with outstanding value. Their fees are extremely competitive, yet they offer…

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V Vishrut Shah
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Trupti Patel associates are the best professional law firm and highly knowledgeable staff. Really appreciate the patience and empathy presented by Trupti and AnnMarie during all stages / scenarios they handle on each case. Highly recommend Trupti Patel associates if you want prompt, trusted and knowledgeable team to address any visa cases. Thank you.

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N Nandan Chandrashekar
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The team at TNP does a good job gauging the client’s needs and attending to them. I have had a fair share of ups and down with the defunct legal immigration process here in America and the TNP team has helped me navigate the same. I would particularly like to recommend legal assistant Ms. AnnMarie…

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