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QUESTION: Question: since she is not considered our immediate family, how is that possible for her to be allowed to live with our family in the US legally?
ANSWER: There are only a few ways a person can come to the US and become a permanent resident:
- family based immigration
, through a parent, son/daughter over 21 years of age, spouse
- employment based immigration, where an employer sponsors the individual for a green card
in a employment based preference category
/refugee status. where the person has been subjected to persecution or has a well-founded fear of persecution
- Diversity Visa Lottery
, which makes available 55,000 green cards per year to lottery winners from each country that is part of the program
- immigrant investor visa, where the alien invests at least $500,000 in a business located in an area of high unemployment and employs at least 10 US workers; in any other area, the investment must be at least $1 million
As you can see, based on the information you've provided, the options are quite limited for getting a green card, and especially so in this case. Unless she can find an employer who is willing to sponsor her, or she has a claim as a refugee or asylee, or she can make a hefty investment, her only available option would be through the DV
lottery. They do this lottery every year and she can apply as many times as it takes.
If you haven't already located the information on the lottery program, you can find it here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html
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