How can I get a green card if I have an H1B visa and my daughter is a US citizen?
First, you have to be eligible. From what you said, if is correct, you qualify to apply for a U.S. Green Card as follows:“Green Card for Immediate Relatives of U.S. CitizenIf you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you can become a lawful permanent resident (get a Green Card) based on your family relationship if you meet certain eligibility requirements. You are an immediate relative if you are:The spouse of a U.S. citizen,The unmarried child under 21 years of age of a U.S. citizen, orThe parent of a U.S. citizen (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age or older).Green Card for Immediate Relatives of U.S. CitizenThe first step is ‘Adjustment of Status‡ where you will be allowed to stay in the U.S. while your application is pending:Adjustment of StatusYou can follow the rest of the links to see what you need to file /pay and what happens with your application, basically you need to file Form I-485. The filing fee today is astronomical! The current fee is: $1,140.(Wow! it has increased a lots since I did this for my wife) Your receipt is your ‘temporary visa‡ to stay in the U.S. while your application is pending.USCIS FeesSome people use a lawyer that specializes in immigration. Asians can find one in communities where a lots of Asians live. The cost is not cheap. However, you can do it yourself if you or your daughter are reasonably English conversant. Just be careful and honest in your application. You will need details of your birth, marriage(s), family deaths, dependents, relationships, financial support, and documents to back some of the information. Read the I-485 carefully a couple of times, make yourself a ‘draft‡ copy so you can enter information and change if necessary. Don’t go overboard with details, just answer their questions adequately but accurately. When you are satisfied the information is complete and correct, transfer to a final copy.If you have a PC, you can go to the I-485 form link and fill out the form online. You can stop anytime and re-enter again and again. When you finish, make a copy, sign and send as required.Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusIt is in PDF format and there are detailed instructions on how to fill out. If you have friends or relatives who have been through this procedure, talk to them and let them help you. They may know some problems that encountered when filing that might be useful to you so you can avoid these problems.Make sure you read and follow the instructions on the USIC website. You may be required to amend or change the information because it is incomplete or doesn’t comply with the instructions. This only delays your application. There will be questions regarding financial support while in the U.S.. This will probably depend on your daughter’s financial status. If so, she may be required to submit copies of her bank statements, ownership of home, assets, and her gurantee that you will not become a financial liability to the U.S. government.When your application is validated, you will be asked to come for an interview. My experience is that it is pretty simple. They ask a few questions about yourself, maybe you family, etc. I think primarily to see your command of the English Language. In my wife’s case, it was only about 10 minutes. I think the length depends on the USIC officer that talks to you and how busy they are. Hopefully the USIC office they ask you to come to is nearby. You can check their website for locations. If all is well and you are successful, you will wait, say 30 days or more, and you will receive your green card in the mail.Good luck!BTW, I am not an expert matter expert on green cards. I only draw from past experiences, I’ve done this twice. I used a lawyer in both cases, but I think it was a waste of money. Yes, there is a lots of information to fill out and support, but that is the case with or without a lawyer. If you feel uncomfortable in doing this by yourself and your daughter, by all means use an experienced lawyer. They will have a clerk fill out the information you provide, give you a draft with areas that require more information. This may happen several times until the lawyer feels it is complete He/she will file for you. You need to pay him for his services and any filing costs.Green Card