Three types of U.S. immigration you may have never heard of before.

Chris Richardson
October 18, 2021

Have you ever considered immigrating to the United States but don’t have any idea how? Most people know that they could immigrate to the United States by marrying a U.S. citizen, but there are many other ways to immigrate to the U.S. which you may have never heard of. Here are three of those ways:

1. Diversity Visa aka Visa Lottery The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) had around 13,000,000 applicants in 2020 and provides about 50,000 visas per year. These visas are offered to a random selection of the applicants who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. If you would like to learn more about the DV Program, please visit the USCIS website, here.

2. Victim-based aka U-visa The U-visa is set aside for victims of certain crimes involving mental or physical abuse who assist law enforcement or government officials in investigating or prosecuting criminal activity while within the United States. Such crimes include, but are not limited to, abduction, domestic violence, rape, extortion, perjury, and felonious assault. Only 10,000 U-visas are made available each year. The process of gaining approval is generally one of the lengthiest within the U.S. immigration system. If you would like to learn more about the DV Program, please visit the USCIS website, here.

3. EB-3 aka Employment Based: Third Preference Since 1990 the U.S. Government has provided five types of employment-based visas. The third category (known as EB-3) is for professional, skilled, and unskilled workers. The EB-3 process is relatively short in comparison to the other immigration options. This process involves finding an employer in the United States who is experiencing a shortage in U.S. applicants for a particular position, who would be willing to sponsor your visa. The employer then files with the Department of Labor, proves that they are experiencing a shortage, and applies on the intending immigrants behalf. After being approved, the intending immigrant immigrates to the United States and works for their sponsor. The intending immigrant may adjust their status to gain a green card thereafter.

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