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How Can I get a Green Card Outside the U.S.?

2014-11-13, BY WeGreened

We have received many inquiries from potential clients asking if it is possible to apply for a green card via employment-based immigration while living outside the United States. The short answer is yes.

If you are outside of the U.S, there are two steps to get your employment based green card:

First, you will file an I-140 to qualify yourself under certain immigration category. You will be the only one filing the I-140. When your I-140 is approved and when your priority date is current, you and your dependents can apply at a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident. This pathway is referred to as “Consular Processing.”

For employment based green card, you can file an I-140 while living anywhere in the world. The location will have no effect on your chance of case approval as long as you satisfy the requirements for the immigration category for which you apply. After your I-140 is approved and your CP is completed, you will be issued an immigrant visa stamp. You must enter the US within 6 months of being issued the immigrant visa stamp. Once you arrive in the US your green card will be mailed to your US address within 1-2 months. However, you can delay CP if you are not ready to move to the United States after I-140 approval, as the I-140 approval notice has no expiration date.

For I-140 categories such as EB-1A (Alien of Extraordinary Ability) and EB-2 NIW (EB-2 National Interest Waiver), a job in the United States is not required. These categories allow self petition, so one can be the petitioner of the case without a U.S. employer to act as the sponsor. However, if you do not have a U.S. job offer, you should submit a detailed personal statement, indicating your plan to work in the same field indicated in your petition. Also, it is suggested that you include documentation showing your efforts to seek jobs in the field you claim to have exceptional achievements.

We have successfully represented many clients from outside the United States to obtain their employment based green card, especially for the self-petitioned categories of EB1-A and EB-2 NIW. In 2013 and 2014 alone, we have received more than 1,200 I-140 approvals for categories of EB1-A and EB-2 NIW, with overall approval rate more than 97%.

To see some of our success cases, please see below:

We are a leading U.S. immigration law firm pioneering in large volume of approval cases and high approval rate for I-140 immigration petitions with the most comprehensive services. If you are interested in an employment based green card, please contact us at  for a free evaluation. Our attorneys will respond to you within 24 business hours. 


The key to our success is the way in which we present supporting evidence and provide the highest quality petition letters. With over 12,000 I-140 EB-1 ( EB-1A Alien of Extraordinary Ability; EB-1B Outstanding Researcher or Professor) and EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) approvals, our firm has acquired substantial information about USCIS decisions, which gives us significant advantage over firms that only handle a small number of cases.

Based on hundreds of approvals every month and our close track of USCIS internal memoranda, AAO decisions, and judicial review decisions, we have unique insight into the USCIS adjudication trends. Not only do we apply this insight into our approaches to our clients' cases, but we also carefully review all RFEs (Requests for Evidence), NOIDs (Notices of Intent to Deny), approvals, and denials issued on our cases so that we can further increase our understanding of USCIS strategies and decision-making processes. With the insight, we are able to advise our clients on the best ways to proceed with their petitions.

While other petitioners and attorneys may still use templates to draft recommendation letters or petition letters, our clients' recommendation letters and petition letters are tailored to their individual credentials to best persuade a USCIS officer that our clients meet the requirements of the category they are applying under and therefore their petitions deserve to be approved. To provide the best EB-1 and EB-2 NIW services, our law firm only selects attorneys who have received their professional Juris Doctor degrees from the top law schools in the U.S. and who have garnered rigorous analytical skills through years of experience.