Green Card for International Organization Employees

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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.

Eligibility:

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:

You are...And
...a retired officer or employee of such an international organization (or his or her accompanying or follow to join spouse)
  • While maintaining your status as a nonimmigrant, you have resided and been physically present in the U.S. for a total of at least half (50%) of the last 7 years before you apply for adjustment of status or for a visa; and
  • You have a combined period of physical residence in the U.S. of at least 15 years before your retirement; and
  • You filed a petition for special immigrant status (Form I-360) no later than 6 months after your retirement.
...a surviving spouse of a deceased officer or employee of such an international organization
  • While maintaining your status as a nonimmigrant, you have resided and been physically present in the U.S. for a total of at least half (50%) of the last 7 years before you apply for adjustment of status or for a visa; and
  • You have a combined period of physical residence in the U.S. of at least 15 years before the death of your spouse; and
  • You filed a petition for special immigrant status (Form I-360) no later than 6 months after your spouse’s death.
...an unmarried son or daughter of a current of former officer or employee of a designated international organization
  • While maintaining your status as a nonimmigrant, you have resided and been physically present in the U.S. for a total of at least half (50%) of the last 7 years before you apply for adjustment of status or for a visa; and
  • You have a combined period of physical residence in the U.S. of at least 7 years between the ages of 5 and 21; and
  • You apply for either a visa or adjustment of status no later than your 25th birthday.

 

Additionally, in all cases, you must be admissible to the U.S. to be eligible to become a permanent resident.

Application Process:

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.
 
What evidence should I submit with my Form I-485?

You must submit the following evidence with Form I-485:

  • Two passport-style photos
  • Copy of Government-Issued Photo ID
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Passport Page with Nonimmigrant Visa (if applicable)
  • Copy of Passport Page with Admission (Entry) Stamp (if applicable)
  • Form I-94, Arrival/ Departure Record (if applicable)
  • Evidence of maintenance of G-4, N, or NATO-6 nonimmigrant status during the requisite period of residence and physical presence in the United States
  • Evidence of physical presence in the United States for the required time periods
  • An affidavit listing all entries and exits from the U.S. and the nature of the travel (whether for schooling, personal, approved customary leave, or business-related), if applicable
  • Form I-566, Interagency Record of Request
  • Form I-508, Waiver or Rights, Privileges, Exemptions and Immunities
  • Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record
  • Form I-360 receipt notice (Form I-797) if Form I-360 was previously submitted and is still pending
  • Approval letter for Form I-360 (Form I-797), if Form I-360 was approved
  • Applicable fees
  • Certified copies of court records (if the individual has been arrested)

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.

Legal Background

For more information, see INA 101(a)(15)(G)(i) and (27)(I) and (L) and 8 CFR 101.5 and 245.

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