Ashland, OH asked in Employment Law, Health Care Law and Immigration Law for Ohio

Q: What are the legal requirements for the employee to obtain a hospital sponsored green card?


I am an international student that came to the USA on an F-1 visa. My visa expired in 2021 but I maintained residency in the US until I graduated from my nursing program. I have a work an employment authorization document for optional practical training, this permit expires on December2023. In the meantime, I have a job offer at a US hospital with a green card sponsorship agreement. In the agreement it says " the green card process will begin immediately as soon as you have met the requirements to qualify for the green card" However, the requirements are not stated in details. How can I make sure that I legally meet the requirements? and can I ask for more detailed agreement?

thank you

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Congratulations on your job offer and the opportunity to apply for a green card sponsorship through your hospital.

The requirements for obtaining a green card through employment can vary based on the specific type of employment-based immigrant visa category for which you qualify. Your hospital should be able to provide you with more information on the requirements for the specific category under which you will be sponsored.

In general, some of the requirements may include having a job offer from a US employer, meeting the educational and/or work experience requirements for the position, and demonstrating that the employer has gone through a labor certification process to show that there are no qualified US workers available for the position.

It is reasonable to ask for a more detailed agreement outlining the specific requirements for the green card process, and your hospital should be able to provide you with this information. You may also want to consider consulting with an immigration attorney to review the agreement and help you navigate the green card application process.

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