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The U.S. Immigrant Visa

Learn how to successfully immigrate to the United States from someone who went through it already.


Overview and Benefits

Thank you for choosing the GG-Pilot Green Card Guide. The goal of this document is to inform you about the most vital information necessary when applying for and receiving the Green Card, leading you to successful immigration to the United States.

America offers flying opportunities unlike any other. We hope to provide enough information in order to allow you to make an educated decision for how you want to attain legal residency in the United States through the proper visa application and process. We will cover a few basic ways to get your Green Card.

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Immigration Options

There are several ways in which you can immigrate to the United States. We will discuss a few of the most common ways here.


The basic concept behind immigrating through employment is finding an employer to sponsor you, which means to offer you a job. The next step is for the employer to obtain the Labor Certification from the Department of Labor to prove that there are no qualified workers available in the United States to fill the job.

The process will go something like this:

  1. Find an employer that will offer you a job at his/her company.
  2. The employer will start the Labor Certification process.
  3. After the Labor Certification is obtained, the Visa petition can be started.
  4. The approved petition will be sent to the American Embassy in your area (if you reside abroad) for the scheduled Visa Interview.
  5. The Embassy will do the final review and youíll be on your way.
For full and complete details please refer directly to the USCIS website. Please note that while the process seems simple, it can take up to several years.


If you have relatives living in the United States you can have them petition for your Green Card. Certain waiting periods and limitations apply depending on the type of relation.

Marriage is one way of immigrating too, it is relatively fast and easy, but the marriage must be legitimate.

Any children born in the United States are automatically counted as U.S. citizens, but they cannot petition for their parents until their 21st birthday.


This option provides that you will invest a minimum required amount of money in the United States and create a certain number of jobs in a specified span of time. For the current requirements please visit the USCIS homepage.


There is a lottery for the Green Card that you can enter. Please visit Travel.State.gov for complete details.

Visa Interview

The interview for the Visa seems intimidating, but it really is not that bad. I have personally gone through it and it went smoothly.

Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork with you and completed correctly. When you arrive for the interview, make sure you are on time and prepared to answer any questions. The interviewer will look over your file to ensure that it is complete. You will pay the required fees and then you will be asked whether or not the information provided is accurate and true. If everything is true you will have to swear this and sign the paper stating this and thatís all. Now the process is done and it is time to celebrate!


After you have your Green Card for a minimum of 5 years you are eligible to apply for United States citizenship and passport. The time span necessary to be eligible is reduced to 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen. For both of these options, you must have been physically present in the United States for at least half of the required time.

In order to fulfill the application guidelines you must be able to speak, write, read and understand the English language and you must pass a basic test on American history and government. Citizenship comes with many benefits; also it is nearly impossible to revoke citizenship, unlike the Green Card, which can be revoked more easily.

Some of the benefits of being a U.S. citizen include being able to apply for government jobs such as at the FAA or police force, as well as others in the defense and aerospace industry.

A main disadvantage of having the U.S. passport and citizenship is a tax issue. America is the only major country that taxes the worldwide income of US citizens regardless of their location.


The American aviation market is highly competitive but also offers some of the best opportunities to fly. Make sure you begin the Visa process as soon as you can and be committed to it to make it happen.

Choose your immigration lawyer carefully, make sure that he or she is as determined and committed as you are. Be selective.

Good luck on your application process and all the best for your future plans!


This document is in no way a substitution for, or equivalent to, proper legal advice. Always consult a qualified attorney or law firm or the USCIS website to get the full range of information. This is meant as a guide to provide some of the most important steps in the process and to give some tips to help you along the way. That being said, this is also a work in progress and any feedback is welcome. For additional information, contact GG with the convenient E-Consult Service.

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