Permanent immigration is the ultimate goal of many people entering or planning to enter the U.S.A.  Lawful permanent resident status offers individuals many benefits, including the freedom to live and work permanently in the U.S.A. – as long as that status is not abandoned by act or omission.  As a general overview, immigrants to the U.S.A. are divided into two categories of permanent immigrant visas: individuals who may acquire permanent residence without numerical limitation and individuals who are subject to a yearly limitation.

For the second category of permanent immigrant visas, there are three sub-categories: family-based; employment-based; and diversity immigrants.

Because new laws and regulations significantly affect how foreign nationals may qualify for permanent residence, it is important that you obtain up to date information about the provisions that apply to you.