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Embassy of the United States of America

Stockholm, Sweden

U.S. immigration law provides for the issuance of immigrant visas in the following general categories: Immediate relatives /Family based, Employment based and Diversity Immigrant Visa, known as the "green card" lottery. Processing time vary depending on your relationship to petitioner and the required documentation. Upon entry into the United States, an immigrant visa holder is processed for a Permanent Resident Card (PRC) commonly known as the Green Card. Immediate relatives/ Family: To immigrate to the United States one must have an immediate relative (an American citizen mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, adult child or, a mother, father, spouse who is a permanent alien resident) willing to file a petition, form I-130, on ones behalf. The petition must be filed in the United States at the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the area where the relative lives. Once the petition has been approved, it will be forwarded to the Embassy where the beneficiary resides permanently. For an individual who resides in a country other than their own, permanent residency is required for the Consulate to accept the case. Forms are available at www.uscis.gov Employment: Another option to immigrate to the United States is by having a U.S. employer willing to file a petition, form I-140, on ones behalf. The petition must be filed in the United States at the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the area where the business is located. Please note: permission to work in the United States must be obtained through the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); the Embassy does not have the authority to grant general work permits that allow you to travel to the United States to find employment. In all cases permission to work must be obtained by an employer who wishes to employ you; although we cannot give you all the details, briefly you must: - find an employer in the United States who wishes to employ you. - have the employer file a petition, form I-140, with the Citizenship and Immigration Services and possibly the Department of Labor in the United States to get permission for you to work.

Please note that the Embassy can only help you after the Citizenship and Immigration Services has given permission to your employer to hire in the United States. Forms are available at www.uscis.gov Diversity visa registration: The last option is the yearly diversity visa registration, commonly known as the Green card lottery. Please see the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Instructions at: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html We hope this information will be of assistance. Sincerely, Immigrant Visa Unit
Immigrant Visa Unit Embassy of the United States of America Dag Hammarskjlds Vg 31 SE-115 89 Stockholm Sweden Email: stkivinfo@state.gov http://stockholm.usembassy.gov/