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A Complete Guide to Green Card Categories

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Author: Massiel Silva Tadeo, Founder, Tadeo & Silva

Attorney Massiel Silva Tadeo is a partner and owner at The Tadeo & Silva Law Firm. She specializes in removal (deportation) defense, family immigration, and hardship waivers. Published on: May 18, 2020, Last updated on: May 23, 2020.

Green card categories are defined by USCIS and explain what groups of people may be eligible for green cards, also known as permanent residency.

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Green Card Categories

Green card categories describe the immigrant visa category that is used to admit an immigrant to the United States as a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident. The field is also known as “class of admission.”

In order to apply for a Green Card and obtain permanent residency in the US, you must be eligible under one of these categories:

  • Eligibility through family (as family-based immigration)
  • Eligibility through employment
  • Eligibility as a special immigrant
  • Eligibility through human trafficking or crime victim
  • Eligibility as victim of abuse
  • Eligibility through other categories
  • Eligibility through registry (a United States resident continuously prior to January 1, 1972)

These categories have multiple sub-categories based on either familial relationship, employment status, or country of origin.

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What Are Green Card Categories?

Green Card categories are the types of situations that apply to individuals when they apply to become a permanent resident of the United States. These categories are based on one of the following: family relationship, employment situation, victims of crime/human trafficking, abuse, refugee status, special immigrant status, length of continuous residency in the US, or “other categories”.

The expert attorneys at Tadeo & Silva can clarify these categories as you pursue your dream of becoming a permanent resident of the United States.

How Do I Find My Green Card Category?

The Green Card category code is used to describe the immigrant visa category that was used to admit an immigrant to the U.S. as a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident. It is located on the front side of the Green Card next to the cardholder’s A-number. This field is also known as the class of admission. Green Cards are also known as Permanent Resident Cards.

A Green Card Category number is typically composed of one or two letters followed by a number.

If you are interested in learning which category code applies to your situation and beginning the process toward becoming a United States resident, the immigration attorneys at Tadeo & Silva can help.

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List of Green Card Category Codes

There are currently 115 Green Card category codes. You can find the complete list below or on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website here.

Green Card Categories Codes

AM1 – Amerasian, born in Vietnam

AM2 – Spouse/child of AM1 or AM6

AM3 – Mother, guardian or relative of AM1 or AM6

AS1 – Approved primary asylee

AS2 – Spouse of asylee

AS3 – Child of asylee

C20 – Child of an alien classified as C24 or C29. Conditional.

C21 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C22- Stepchild (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C23 – Child of an alien classified as C21, C22, C26, or C27 (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C24 – Unmarried son or daughter (21 years of age or older) who is a stepchild of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C25- Child of an alien classified as C24 or C29. Conditional.

C26 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C27 – Stepchild (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C28 – Child of an alien classified as C21, C22, C26, or C27 (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C29 – Unmarried son or daughter (21 years of age or older) who is a stepchild of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations). Conditional.

C31 – Married son or daughter who is a stepchild of a U.S. citizen. Conditional.

C32 – Spouse of an alien classified as C31 or C36. Conditional.

C33 – Child of an alien classified as C31 or C36. Conditional.

C36 – Married son or daughter who is a stepchild of a U.S. citizen. Conditional.

C37 – Spouse of an alien classified as C31 or C36. Conditional.

C38 – Child of an alien classified as C31 or C36. Conditional.

CF1 – Alien whose record of admission is created upon the conclusion of a valid marriage contract after entering as a fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen. Conditional.

CF2 – Minor stepchild of an alien classified as CF1. Conditional.

CR1 – Spouse of a U.S. citizen. Conditional.

CR2 – Stepchild of a U.S. citizen. Conditional.

CR6 – Spouse of a U.S. citizen. Conditional.

CR7 – Stepchild of a U.S. citizen. Conditional.

CX1 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations). Conditional.

CX2 – Stepchild (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations). Conditional.

CX3 – Child of an alien classified as CX2 or CX7 (exempt from country limitations). Conditional.

CX6 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations). Conditional.

CX7 – Stepchild (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations). Conditional.

CX8 – Child of an alien classified as CX2 or CX7 (exempt from country limitations). Conditional.

E10 – Child of priority workers classified as E11, E16, E12, E17, E13, or E18.

E11 – Priority worker – alien with extraordinary ability.

E12 – Priority worker – outstanding professor or researcher.

E13 – Priority worker – certain multinational executive or manager.

E14 – Spouse of a priority worker classified as E11, E16, E12, E17, E13, or E18.

E15 – Child of a priority worker classified as E11, E16, E12, E17, E13, or E18.

E16 – Priority worker – alien with extraordinary ability.

E17 – Priority worker – outstanding professor or researcher.

E18 – Priority worker – certain multinational executive or manager.

E19 – Spouse of a priority worker classified as E11, E16, E12, E17, E13, or E18.

E21 – Professional holding advanced degrees or of exceptional ability.

E22 – Spouse of an alien classified as E21 or E26.

E23 – Child of an alien classified as E21 or E26.

E26 – Professional holding advanced degrees or of exceptional ability.

E27 –  Spouse of an alien classified as E21 or E26.

E28 – Child of an alien classified as E21 or E26.

E30 – Child of a skilled worker or professional classified as E31, E36, E32, or E37.

E31 – Alien who is a skilled worker.

E32 – Professional who holds a baccalaureate degree or who is a member of a profession.

E34 – Spouse of a skilled worker or professional classified as E31, E36, E32, or E37.

E35 – Child of a skilled worker or professional classified as E31, E36, E32, or E37.

E36 – Alien who is a skilled worker.

E37 – Professional who holds a baccalaureate degree or who is a member of a profession.

E39 – Spouse of a skilled worker or professional classified as E31, E36, E32, or E37.

EW0 – Child of an alien classified as EW3 or EW8.

EW3 – Other worker performing unskilled labor, not of a temporary or seasonal nature, for which qualified workers are not available in the U.S..

EW4 – Spouse of an alien classified as EW3 or EW8.

EW5 – Child of an alien classified as EW3 or EW8.

EW8 – Other worker performing unskilled labor, not of a temporary or seasonal nature, for which qualified workers are not available in the U.S..

EW9 – Spouse of an alien classified as EW3 or EW8.

F11 – Unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen.

F12 – Child of an alien classified as F11 or F16.

F16 – Unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen.

F17 – Child of an alien classified as F11 or F16.

F20 – Child of an alien classified as F24 or F29 (subject to country limitations).

F21 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations).

F22 – Child (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations).

F23 – Child of an alien classified as F21 or F26 (subject to country limitations).

F24 – Unmarried son or daughter (21 years of age or older) of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations).

F25 – Child of an alien classified as F24 or F29 (subject to country limitations).

F26 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations).

F27 – Child (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations).

F28 – Child of an alien classified as F21 or F26 (subject to country limitations).

F29 – Unmarried son or daughter (21 years of age or older) of a lawful permanent resident alien (subject to country limitations).

F31 – Married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen.

F32 – Spouse of an alien classified as F31 or F36.

F33 – Child of an alien classified as F31 or F36.

F36 – Married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen.

F37 – Spouse of an alien classified as F31 or F36.

F38 – Child of an alien classified as F31 or F36.

F41 – Brother or sister of a U.S. citizen.

F42 – Spouse of an alien classified as F41 or F46.

F43 – Child of an alien classified as F41 or F46.

F46 – Brother or sister of a U.S. citizen.

F47 – Spouse of an alien classified as F41 or F46.

F48 – Child of an alien classified as F41 or F46.

FX1 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations).

FX2 – Child (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations).

FX3 – Child of an alien classified as FX1, FX2, FX7, or FX8 (exempt from country limitations).

FX6 – Spouse of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations).

FX7 – Child (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident alien (exempt from country limitations).

FX8 – Child of an alien classified as FX1, FX2, FX7, or FX8 (exempt from country limitations).

IF1 – Alien whose record of admission is created upon the conclusion of a valid marriage contract after entering as a fiancé or fiancée of a U.S. citizen.

IF2 – Minor child of an alien classified as IF1.

IR0 – Parent of a U.S. citizen.

IR1 – Spouse of a U.S. citizen.

IR2 – Child of a U.S. citizen.

IR3 – Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. citizen.

IR4 – Orphan to be adopted by a U.S. citizen.

IR5 – Parent of a U.S. citizen.

IR6 – Spouse of a U.S. citizen.

IR7 – Child of a U.S. citizen.

IR8 – Orphan adopted abroad by a U.S. citizen.

IR9 – Orphan to be adopted by a U.S. citizen.

NA3 – Child born during the temporary visit abroad of a mother who is a lawful permanent resident alien or national of the U.S.

XE3 – Child born subsequent to the issuance of a visa. Parent is employment-based preference immigrant.

XF3 – Child born subsequent to the issuance of a visa. Parent is a family-based preference immigrant.

XR3 – Child born subsequent to the issuance of a visa. Parent is an immediate relative immigrant.

Y1-16, Y64 – Refugees

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Green Card Category Wait Times

If you’re wondering “how long does it take to get a green card?”, there are conflicting response times for green card processing based on the green card category. Additionally, in 2020, the Coronavirus crisis has impacted and delayed the wait times. 

All USCIS Atlanta interviews and biometric appointments are being rescheduled due to office closures. All applications that are received are still being processed but at a slower pace. 

Without a biometrics notice, work and travel permits are not being processed. Depending on how long office closures remain, 5-8 months extension in processing time for work and travel permits and 11-14 months extension in processing time for green cards can be expected.  

Prior to the Coronavirus impact, it was taking 7 to 33 months to process a Green Card application.

Family Preference Green Cards processing took between 1 and 10 years depending on the wait time and yearly caps. Employment-Based Green Cards processing could be from 1 year for visas that have a low demand to 4 or 6 years for visas with very high demand.

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Green Card Category Wait Times

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Green Card Eligibility Categories

Immigration law in the United States specifies several categories that define specific groups of people who may be able to apply for permanent residency. If you don’t fit into one of the categories, you may not have grounds to request a green card.

Some of the reasons that a person can apply for a green card or Permanent Resident Card include:

  • A future job offer or your current employment
  • Status as a refugee or asylee
  • Status of your family members
  • Various other special previsions

Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to self-petition for permanent residency. An experienced immigration attorney can assist you with this process since there are many nuances.

Once you apply for permanent residence, you will be classified into a category, and each category is assigned a certain preference level or priority. Immediate relatives of current U.S. citizens are given the highest priority. For most other categories, there are limits on the number of visas that can be granted each year. These limits are determined by the U.S. Government, specifically the United States Congress.

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