There are different ways to meet the requirements for permanent migration to the United States such as:
- Family based immigration which is when you have close relative who are willing to sponsor you
- Employment based immigration which is when you are a professional in a given occupation and they are in short supply in the USA. Employers then sponsor you to go to the USA and practice your occupation.
- Lottery to win permanent residence. In this case, not all citizens of all countries are eligible.
- political asylum
- investment based
A lawful permanent resident is an individual which is not a citizen of that country but based on some circumstance, has been granted to permanently live and work in the United States.
To sponsor a relative to migrate to the United States, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States and you must provide documentation proving your status.
- The individual being sponsored must have a qualifying family relationship with the person sponsoring him/her.
- You must file the I-130, Petition Alien Relative to sponsor your relative for lawful permanent residency.
- You must provide prove that you can support your family, your relative and all other sponsored family members at 125% above the mandated poverty line.