F-1 Visa to Green Card: How You Can Go From Student to Permanent Resident
What is an F-1 Visa?
When you enter the United States on an F-1 student visa, you may be able to adjust your status in one of several ways.
The five most common ways to turn an F-1 visa into lawful permanent residency are:
- Self-petitioning as a person of extraordinary ability
- Receiving employer sponsorship
- Adjusting status to a dual-intent visa
- Becoming an investor
- Marrying a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
You can also enter into military service, win the diversity visa lottery or receive sponsorship through a parent or child, but those are a little less common (and sometimes more difficult) than these five methods.
However, in order to do any of those things, you must first understand the F-1 visa and your responsibilities as an F-1 nonimmigrant.