Green Card for International Organization Employees
There is a provision of immigration law that allows certain long-term international organization employees and their eligible family members to apply for special immigrant status and become permanent residents of the U.S. (get a Green Card) as long as their organization remains recognized.
Examples of recognized international organizations include foreign missions such as embassies, consulates, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT), and other international organizations.
You may be eligible to receive a Green Card as an International Organization employee or qualified family member if you meet one of the following conditions:
Additionally, in all cases, you must be admissible to the U.S. to be eligible to become a permanent resident.
To obtain a Green Card, you must first file Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant . You may file this petition first or at the same time as Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
You must submit the following evidence with Form I-485:
Am I eligible for Interim Benefits while my Form I-485 is pending?
Generally, interim benefits – the ability to work in the U.S. and to seek advance parole (advance permission to travel and be admitted to the U.S. upon your return) – are available to persons who have a pending Form I-485. For further information, see our web pages on employment and travel authorization documents.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/29/2013