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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 1 decade ago

is it easy to get a green card if you're living in Ireland?

I'm in 1st year college now but heard lately about a few schemes.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well, there are various ways you might go about it. You should consider getting into one of the Summer Work/Travel exchange programs. Those are sponsored through the Department of State by various agencies registered at State. While they don't lead directly to green card status, you would be able to come here, take a long look around, and perhaps talk to potential employers. You might consider transferring to a US college or university as well. It's considerably easier to have someone sponsor you for an employment visa, if they already know you. So, you make lots of contacts, and you can get a year of practical training on student status, that would allow you to work for that year, and many of those jobs lead directly to sponsorship of H1b visas. H1b visas, or skilled worker visas, can lead directly to green card sponsorship.

    There is the Diversity Visa Lottery program. Since it costs nothing to enter on the US government site at travel.state.gov, you can enter each year for free. The chances of winning are pretty low, under 1%. Plus, if you were to enter now, since next year's registration program is now open, and actually won, you'd have 6 months to use the visa or lose it. Might not play into your current game plan.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's no easier/harder than if you're living anywhere else. Although being from a developed country + being educated increases your chances.

    Gaining a skill (at college/university/etc) and getting experience will really help you. You could try the DV Lottery (No guarentees of a win though), or get a U.S. company to sponsor you to live and work there.

    I'm assuming you have no criminal convictions. But yeah, that can bar you too.

    But you've been hearing about USA's economy going down the drain lately? It'll most likely recover in a few years. But bear in mind, this could affect immigration, as plenty of U.S. Citizens are losing jobs and out of work. I'd suggest you wait a while. Study and get experience, and hopefully the economy will be healthy again.

    Good luck, hope everything works well for you!

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  • If you are Irish (not just living in Ireland) apply to the Diversity Visa program ('green card lottery'). The quotas are (slightly) stacked in favour of the Irish. If you are a first year in college you have 3 chances before you'll need it!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    NO you must be living in usa to get a green card.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You mean like a bar of Irish Spring?

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