Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- A ten year old green card, where do my family and I stand?
- Advice on the fast approaching 2015 U.S. visa lottery
- Sponsoring offspring to come to the United States, the V visa
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services warns of phone scam
- How can I reclaim my expired Green Card that I received as a child?
“Can someone become legal by joining the U.S. military? I know of two young, intelligent people in Ireland who would love to come to the U.S. but have no prospects for doing so. They would happily join the military in exchange for a green card/citizenship. Is this possible? I imagine it would be, or should be, given that we are so short on military personnel given the wars we are fighting.”
Yours is a question that comes up from time to time, but the answer remains the same. Those eligible to join the U.S. military must be either American citizens or legal permanent residents (green card holders).
“Would it be possible for someone who has a U.S. citizen relative living in Ireland to be sponsored for a green card? A friend of mine who was born in Ireland has a U.S. citizen brother who lived here for many years, became a citizen and moved back to Ireland. My friend wants to come here and was wondering if her brother’s citizenship would be of any use to her for sponsorship purposes.”
No, it really wouldn’t, for a couple of reasons. First off, U.S. citizens can sponsor siblings for permanent residence under the family preference Fourth Category, which allocates 65,000 green cards on an annual basis.
However, the category is hopelessly over-subscribed, which means that demand is far greater than supply. For March of 2010, those who filed applications on or before November of 2000 are being called for final processing, making the wait for a sibling-based green card a minimum of 10 years, and likely much longer.