People who immigrate to the United States are initially granted what is termed "permanent residence". In most cases a permanent resident may only apply to become a United States Citizen five years after becoming a permanent resident. Permanent residents must comply with U.S. laws during their stay and their residence may be revoked under certain circumstances, exposing them to deportation.
There is no general way to legally immigrate to the United States. One must have a basis to immigrate. There are five general basis or methods for immigrating to the United States, which are listed below. However, there are many strategic determinations to be considered when deciding what is the best basis or method for immigrating to the United States
Family Based Immigration is one of the most common ways to immigrate to the United States.
Employment Based Immigration is another common avenue to immigrate to the United States.
Investment Based Immigration is still another way to immigrate to the United States.
Asylum/Refugee Status is available to those with a well-founded fear of persecution based upon race, religion, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.