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.
By statute (INA 101(a)(27)(L)), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a recognized international organization. Other organizations include the:
- Organization of American States (OAS);
- Inter-American Defense Board (IADB);
- Inter-American Defense College (IADC);
- International Monetary Fund (IMF);
- World Bank;
- International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT); and
- International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO).
For more information, see 9 FAM 402.3-7.
You are eligible for a Green Card in this category if you are admissible to the U.S. and you meet the criteria listed in the table below.
|A retired officer or employee of such an international organization (or their spouse)
|A surviving spouse of a deceased officer or employee of such an international organization
|An unmarried son or daughter of a current of former officer or employee of a designated international organization
See the Checklist of Required Initial Evidence section of our Form I-485 page to see what evidence you must submit.
Generally, when you have a pending Form I-485, it is possible for you to apply for authorization to work in the United States and to seek advance parole (advance permission to travel and be admitted to the United States upon your return). For more information, see our Work Authorization and Travel Documents pages.