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Dear Sophie:

I’m in the U.S. on an H-1B visa. My employer will not sponsor me for a permit, so I’m wanting to get one on my own. My partner and I are both residents of Germany, however I was born in India. I’ve heard that individuals born in India deal with waiting years for a permit. Is there any way to lessen the wait?

— Committed in Daly City

Dear Dedicated:

Thanks for your question. It’s excellent to hear you wish to pursue a green card on your own. As constantly, I suggest that you call an experienced migration attorney to help direct you through the permit application and interview process.

I’ll discuss the green card options that don’t require you to have a company or household sponsor and set out a few tricks that may support you to minimize your wait time for a permit. For more information on these techniques, listen to my podcast on top priority dates.

As you might understand, your nation of birth– instead of your country of citizenship– is what counts when assessing your eligibility for a green card and for how long it will take to get one.

All permit categories– except for those for the spouse, parents and dependent kids of U.S. citizens– have a cap on the number that can be issued each year. In addition, these classifications have a per-country limit of 7% of the total number offered. Due to the fact that the need in a lot of permit categories from people born in India far goes beyond the supply for that nation, the wait times are exceedingly long for people who were born there.

For people who need to wait for a green card, their priority date determines their location in the permit line. If you self-petition for a green card, your concern date is when U.S. Citizenship and Migration Services (USCIS) receives your preliminary green card petition.

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