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how can you change from a tourist visa to a permanent resident visa

2 Answers. Asked on Jan 01st, 2013 on Immigration - Maryland
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my friend is traveling from India on a tourist visa, but once here would like to apply for a resident visa
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Answered on Jan 26th, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Most immigration to this country comes about through family sponsorship, employment-based sponsorship, asylum or investment. These all generally take time. I suggest that if your friend is truly interested in exploring his or her options for a green card, he or she should take the time to make an appointment with a reputable immigration attorney to discuss the options.


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Answered on Jan 02nd, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Changing from B1/2 to permanent resident requires that one be eligible for permanent resident status.  That, in turn, typically requires a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident who can petition for the person to become a permanent resident.  Sometimes there is a very long wait, depending on the circumstances.  Another option is for an employer who cannot recruit any citizens or legal residents to perform a job to petition for a foreign worker to fill the position.  Employment-based permanent residency is hard because most positions can be filled by citizens or permanent residents, making them unavailable to foreign workers.

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