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Unfortunately it is not so easy to just become a permanent resident. There has to be a basis for it. Usually the two most common are employment based or family based. Here are all the ways with some information on each.
1. The most common way is through a person's family. This must be through only close relatives that must be US citizen or legal permanent residents who petitions the person. These would be his spouse, parent or child if they are 21 and over, or also through a sibling... If the person has one of those in the US, they can petition for the person to get their permanent residency in the US. Aunts, Uncles, cousins, etc cannot petition.
2. The next way is through a job/employment. He can try for a green card through employment . It depends on his educational background to know if he qualifies for certain jobs and ofcourse he would need a job offer and show that he would not be taking a job away from a US citizen or resident in the US through a complicated process called a labor certification. If he is successful through that part then he moved on to the I-140. For this, the less experience and education he has the more difficult and longer this will take and he cannot wait here while he waits unless he continues to have another visa.
3. Investing in the US is another way to get your green card here. If someone can invest at least $500,000 in a company in the US, there is a special green card program.
You would also have to create 10 or more jobs for U.S. workers through this investment.
4. The next way is applying for asylum.
You must prove that if he returned to his home country, he will be persecuted there on account of your religion, race, nationality, religion, or membership in a particular social group.
He would have to show that he would be persecuted for the reasons I listed. It has to be something that is happening only to him or a small group and not to the general population. woHeuld have to apply for this within 1 year of entering the US.
5. The last option is through the diversity visa. http://www.uscis.gov/green-card/other-ways-get-green-card/green-card-through-diversity-immigration-visa-program/green-card-through-diversity-immigrant-visa-program
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