An illegal alien, also known as an undocumented immigrant, is a person who has entered and remains in the United States without proper authorization from the government. Illegal aliens are not eligible for many government benefits, including public assistance and most forms of health insurance. However, it is possible for an illegal alien to obtain a Permanent Resident Card or “green card”, which is a document that allows a person to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
One way an illegal alien may obtain a green card is through marriage to a U.S. citizen. If an illegal alien marries a U.S. citizen, the spouse can file a petition for an immigrant visa on behalf of the illegal alien. This process can take several months, and the illegal alien will need to undergo a background check and an interview with a U.S. consular officer. If the petition is approved, the illegal alien will receive a Permanent Resident card.
Another way an illegal alien may obtain a green card is through certain types of employment. If an illegal alien has a job offer from a U.S. employer, the employer can sponsor the illegal alien for a green card. The employer must prove to the United States that the illegal alien possesses special knowledge or skill and the employer is unable to find suitable United States Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents to fill the job. This process involves the employer filing a petition with the U.S. government on behalf of the illegal alien. The illegal alien will then need to go through a background check and an interview with a U.S. consular officer. If the petition is approved, the illegal alien will receive a green card.
It is also possible for an illegal alien to obtain a green card through other means, such as by winning the diversity lottery, being a victim of certain crimes, or being granted asylum. However, these methods are less common and require the illegal alien to meet certain additional eligibility requirements.
Obtaining a green card is not a simple process, and it is important for an illegal alien to consult with an immigration attorney to understand their options, the potential risks and consequences. In some cases, attempting to obtain a green card will result in deportation, so it is important for any illegal alien to carefully consider their options before proceeding. Call us today for a case evaluation!