Green Card 2024: How to Apply, Basic Requirements For A Green Card


The importance of green cards can’t be overemphasized for anyone living in the United States. 

Do you want to know what a Green Card is?

Do you want to live and work permanently in the United States? 

Then you really need to read this content to the end as it explains how to obtain green cards through various ways.

 Discover the Green Card 2024 requirements, your eligibility, and the process for applying for the Green Card Lottery in 2024(DV-2025) by reading this guide.

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is officially referred to as a Permanent Residence Card. It is a physical proof and official documentation that shows you have been granted status as a lawful permanent resident of the United States by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

A Green Card enables foreign nationals to live and work in the US permanently in an environmentally friendly way.

The sponsorship from family members or through employment are the two main routes to permanent residence. Additionally, one can obtain a Green Card by applying on their own, through humanitarian programs, and by winning the diversity visa lottery.

The pursuit for Citizenship is an option that is only available to permanent residents of the US.

How To Apply For A Green Card In 2024?

For you to be eligible for a Green Card in 2024, you have to  fall into one of the five categories and meet their requirements 

1. Green Card Through Winning The Green Card Lottery Under The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

Most people refer to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) as the Green Card lottery. The DV program’s main objective is to promote immigration to the United States from nations with low immigration rates.

50,000 people are randomly selected each year and given the chance to apply for a Green Card.

Basic Requirements To play the DV lottery.

  1. Register within the allotted time frame which is usually in September or October of each year. It takes a while
  2. Registration for the DV lottery is free of charge. However, there will be an application cost later on if you win the DV lottery and wish to apply for the Green Card.
  3. The only legitimate location for the DV registration is the  official US Department of State website. Please beware of scammers!

Process for applying for the Green Card Lottery in 2024(DV-2025).

DV-2025 Program in 2024 online registration session opens on: Wednesday, October 4, 2024, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4) .

 It ends on Tuesday, November 7, 2024, at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).

 If a person submits more than one entry within the registration period, all of those entries will be disqualified.

Vital instructions for the Program: The only approved version of the DV-2025 Program Instructions is the English version in PDF format. This page will be updated with unofficial translations into other languages as they become available.

2. Green Card Obtained By Employment 

You can also be  eligible for a Green Card in 2024 if your employer is willing to sponsor you.

Basic Requirements For A Green Card By Employment 

  1. You possess exceptional skills and knowledge in science, arts, education, business, or sports.
  2. You work as an executive, manager, researcher, or professor.
  3. You’re a talented professional or you hold an advanced degree.

3.  Green Card Obtained By Family Members 

In 2024, you can also be eligible for the Green card through sponsorship from family members.


Basic Requirements For A Green Card By Family Members 

  1. Being  either a parent, spouse, kid under 21 who is not married, widow or widower of a US citizen
  2. You are either a US citizen’s kid or sibling.
  3. You must be a spouse, child or sibling to a legal permanent resident of the US.

4. Green Card Via Humanitarian Reasons 

Humanitarian reasons is also one of the eligibility rules for you to acquire a Green Card in 2024. You have to follow the basic requirements before you can acquire the Green Card via humanitarian reasons:

Basic Requirements For A Green Card Via Humanitarian Reasons 


  1. You may be granted one if you are  qualified under a particular humanitarian program or category such as the Cuban Adjustment Act or American Indian Born in Canada.


  1. You are either an asylee, refugee, victim of human trafficking, crime, or abuse.

5.  Green Card Via Various Classifications

Green Card can also be obtained via various classifications such as

Special immigrants, such as foreign broadcasters and religious personnel.

 Green Card Processing Time

The time it takes to obtain a green card include:

-The processing of your petition

– The waiting period for your interview, if necessary, 

– The processing time of your application.

Generally, the process of obtaining a Green Card can take several months to years. Everything depends on the Green Card category you are applying under and where you are applying from, that is, either inside or outside the United States.There  is  premium processing available for some file categories at an additional cost to speed up the procedure.