I am trying to help a friend from Germany get a Green Card. He is fluent in English and can be a translator but the only thing he has done for work is gardening. He has no other training. We are trying to come up with a strategy to get him into the US with a green card. He has tried to find employment in the US or someone who will sponsor him (like a church) with no luck. Any suggestions?
He has consulted with a lawyer and he says the solution is to find an employer who will hire him in the US. However, the only skills he has that are special is his ability to speak and write german.
I don't think I am going to have good news for you. It is very hard to come to the U.S. and even harder now because of such high unemployment. The U.S. wants to make sure that the few jobs available go to U.S. workers, not foreign labor. So the less education and experience he has, the harder it will be.
There are 5 ways to come to the U.S. to live permanently. They are through family, through employment, through Asylum, through investment, or through the lottery.
For family, it must be immediate family such as U.S. Citizen spouse or U.S. Citizen children over 21 in order to be able to come immediately. U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident parents or U.S. Citizen siblings, or Lawful Permanent Resident spouses can also help, but the wait for that is about 4 to 12 years or so.
Through employment, he would have to generally prove that he would not be taking away a job from a U.S. worker and the less experience and education he has, the harder that is to do.
Through asylum, he must prove that he would be persecuted, tortured or killed if he stayed in his country and that this will happen to him because of his nationality, race, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, not because he would run the same risk as anyone else in his country to fall victim to a crime or bad economic conditions.
Through investment, he is looking at generally $1,000,000.00 for a residency, or $500,000.00 in an area designated as a high-employment area, plus in both cases the investment has to create 10 or more jobs for U.S. workers.
And through the lottery, it would be very difficult to win one of the 50,000 visas available per year and some countries do not qualify.
There are some visas available where he can stay temporarily and then later change to Lawful Permanent Residency if he qualifies.
Some of the visas available through employment (if he has a job offer and he qualifies) are:
H-1B for professional workersH-2A for seasonal agricultural workers H-2B for seasonal nonagricultural workers H-3 for industrial trainees
Then there are the F-1 and M-1 for students and J-1 for exchange visitors.
And then there is the E-1 for treaty traders and E-2 for treaty investors (these types of visas are not available in all countries).
Here is a link to most of the available non-immigrant visas:
I am truly sorry for the bad new, but with his education, he would probably need to try for an F-1 student visa to come to study, but he would not be able to work and he would have to prove that he has the funds to pay for classes and live, and also that he has the intention to go back home when he is done. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I would be happy to answer them for you without additional charge, if not, please do not forget to click ACCEPT. I am not paid a salary. Clicking accept is the only way that I can get paid for helping you. When you click accept, you are not charged again and we can continue to communicate without additional charge if you have a few follow-up questions. If there is a delay in getting back to you it is either because I am answering other questions or I had to log off, but I will be back with you as soon as possible. If you would like to request me in the future, just put my name on the subject line. Positive feedback for my service to you (not the state of the law as it is) is always appreciated as well as any bonus if you think I deserve it. Thank you.
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