Tuesday, November 13, 2012

E-3 Visa to Green Card for Australians

This is a blog post I have looked forward to writing for some time. According to the US Government, I am now classified as a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States, rather then the much more unfriendly title of Non Immigrant Alien. 5 years after moving to the US, I now have a green card. I think most understand the basic concept of a green card, in part thanks to the delightful rom-com "Green Card", featuring GĂ©rard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell. I will however lay out some background on the green card, the implications of having a green card and how I obtained one from an E-3 visa without transferring to a H-1B visa or resorting to a sham marriage to an American citizen where hilarity ensued. In my case, I was able to obtain my green card in less than 12 months from the start of the process.