Immigrant Visa (Green Card) Options

When a foreign national obtains permanent resident status through an immigrant visa, it is often referred to as earning a “green card.” This term arose from the fact that the evidence of permanent residence was originally a green-colored card. The most recent version of the I-551 green card is green as well. Obtaining a green card eliminates the need to continually renew temporary visas. This gives a foreign born physician considerably more freedom to pursue other avenues of employment as well as U.S. citizenship eventually.

Here the most common categories for physicians to qualify for the green card:

Extraordinary Ability
Outstanding Researcher or Professor
Labor certification (PERM)
National Interest Waiver for Physicians
Family Sponsored Immigration

NOTE: Immigration law changes frequently. The resources and information provided on this web site are intended to help you understand basic issues involved in the immigration process, and are offered only for general informational and educational purposes. This information is not offered as, nor does it constitute legal advice or legal opinions. Although we strive to keep this information current, we neither promise nor guarantee that the information is the latest available, or that it applies to your specific situation. You should not act or rely upon the information in these pages without seeking the advice of an attorney.

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