Question from Mbii, How Can a German Woman Obtain Permanent Residency in the U.S. if Her U.S.-Born Daughter is a Permanent Resident and Not a Citizen?
Answer from AI:
Obtaining permanent residency in the United States can be a complex process, and it’s important to understand the different pathways available. As a German woman with a U.S.-born daughter who is a permanent resident, there are several options you might consider. However, it’s crucial to consult with an immigration attorney for personalized advice.
The most common way to obtain permanent residency is through family-based immigration. However, this typically requires a close relative who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to sponsor you. In your case, your daughter, being a minor and a permanent resident (not a citizen), cannot sponsor you.
Marriage to a U.S. Citizen
You mentioned that you were married to a U.S. citizen, which could have been a potential pathway to permanent residency. However, since the marriage has ended, this option is no longer available unless you remarry a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Another pathway to permanent residency is through employment. If you have a job offer from a U.S. employer, they may be able to sponsor you for a green card. This process involves the employer proving that they cannot find a U.S. worker to fill the job, and that they have the financial means to pay your salary.
There are other ways to obtain permanent residency, such as the Diversity Visa Lottery, asylum, or the “EB-5” investor visa program. However, these options have specific requirements and may not be applicable to your situation.
It’s important to note that your daughter’s lack of a birth certificate or social security number could complicate matters. You should take steps to obtain these documents as soon as possible. The process for obtaining a birth certificate varies by state, but generally involves contacting the state’s vital records office. For a social security number, you would need to contact the Social Security Administration.
Given the complexity of U.S. immigration law, it’s highly recommended that you consult with an immigration attorney. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific circumstances and guide you through the process.
For more information, you can visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website or the U.S. Department of State’s website.
Remember, this information is a general guide and not legal advice. Laws and regulations can change, and each person’s situation is unique. Always consult with a legal professional for advice tailored to your situation.