Chart of the Day
Posted at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2013
— Immigration Road provides this comprehensive flow chart explaining the path to permanent residency in the US. To zoom in, click here.
“There are two methods of obtaining a green card: adjustment of status for people who are already in the United States, and consular processing for individuals who are outside the U.S. and must go through visa interviews at U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad… Most people are probably looking at 5 – 15 years. Some also spent several years in a nonimmigrant status prior to starting the immigration process. After green card, add roughly 5 – 7 years towards citizenship.”
Sarah Kliff: “While this likely does not make understanding our immigration system any easier, it does give a sense of how complicated the process is right now.”