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COMPLETE list of Green Card Category Codes, Meaning [2024]

Understand Green Card Category Code

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The Green Card category code is used to describe the immigrant visa category that corresponds to the
immigration petition you filed. It is located on the front side of the Green Card next to the cardholder’s USCIS number. This field is also known as class of admission.
The Green Card category number is typically composed of one or two letters followed by a number.

When applying for a Green Card or Lawful Permanent Residency, you may frequently see Green Card Codes such as E11, F41, IR1, and others that are used in visa wait times. This code will also appear on the Green Card that is handed to you once the process is completed. In this article, we will define the Green Card or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Category code and go over the entire list with specifics.

 

What is Green Card Category Code? LPR Category Code?

The Green Card Category code specifies the category under which a Green Card or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) card would be issued. It begins with an Alphabet and is followed by a number, such as C26, E11, F21, and so on. After you go through the process and acquire the physical green card, the LPR category code also appears on it under the title ‘Category’.

See the screenshot below to see where and how the Green Card code displays. The letters ‘IR1’ beneath ‘Category’ in the screenshot below signify the green card category code.

The category code also specifies whether the green card was issued as a regular or conditional permanent resident. Normal green cards have a validity duration of ten years. However, conditional green cards are issued for a period of two years. Conditional green cardholders should remove conditions before the card expires.

Some of the Green Card Category Codes appear to be close to or the same as the USCIS EAD Category Codes, however they are not. The EAD category codes are related to the Employment Authorization Document (EAD). For example, the C26 value in the EAD Category code denotes an EAD issued to H4 visa holders. In contrast, the Green Card category code ‘C26’ is assigned to spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents who are subject to country constraints and obtain green cards through the adjustment of status option.

 

Green Card Category Codes List grouped by paths to green Card

You can get Green Card by various paths like family sponsorship, employment, asylum, etc. There are over 100 green card categories. We have outlined below various green card category codes by your path to getting a green card. Each of the paths also has sub-sections for easy review.

Below is a summary of the legend and additional information on what some terms mean.

  • If something reads “new arrival,” it suggests they came to America on an Immigrant Visa from somewhere else.
  • If it states “adjustment of status,” it means they were already in the country and converted/adjusted their previous status in order to obtain a green card.
  • If something says “conditional green card,” they were given a 2-year conditional green card rather than a conventional 10-year green card.
  • If something reads “self-petitioned,” it signifies that the applicant or petition for the green card category was filed by themselves without the assistance of anybody else.

Immediate relatives of US Citizens – Green Card Category Codes

The bulk of green cards issued in any given year are for immediate relatives of US citizens, such as spouses, children, and parents. The green card categories listed below are for immediate relatives of US citizens, such as children, spouses, or parents.

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
AR1Children of US Citizen – Amerasian, issued for new arrivals
AR6Children of US Citizen – Amerasian, issued for adjustment of status
CF1Spouse of US Citizen, who entered America as a fiance(e) – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
CF2Children of CF1 category – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
CR1Spouse of US Citizen – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
CR2Children of US Citizen – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
CR6Spouse of US Citizen – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
CR7Children of US Citizen – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
IB0Parents of US Citizens, who were battered or abused – issued for adjustment of status and self-petitioned
IB1Spouse of US Citizen – issued for new arrivals, self-petitioned
IB2Children of US Citizen – issued for new arrivals, self-petitioned
IB3Children of US Citizen –  of IB1 or IB6issued for new arrivals
IB5Parents of US Citizens, who were battered or abused – issued for new arrivals, self-petitioned
IB6Spouse of US Citizen – issued for adjustment of status, self-petitioned
IB7Children of US Citizen – issued for adjustment of status, self-petitioned
IB8Children of IB1 or IB6 – issued for adjustment of status
IF1Spouse of US Citizen, who entered America as fiance(e) – issued for adjustment of status
IF2Children of IF1 – issued for adjustment of status
IH3Children of US Citizen adopted abroad under the Hague Convention – issued for new arrivals
IH4Children of US Citizen to be adopted under the Hague Convention – issued for new arrivals
IH8Children of US Citizen adopted abroad under the Hague Convention – issued for adjustment of status
IH9Children of US Citizen to be adopted under the Hague Convention – issued for adjustment of status
IR0Parents of adult US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
IR1Spouse of US Citizen – issued for new arrivals
IR2Children of US Citizen – issued for new arrivals
IR3Orphans adopted abroad by US Citizens – issued for new arrivals
IR4Orphans to be adopted by US Citizens – issued for new arrivals
IR5Parents of adult US Citizen – issued for new arrivals
IR6Spouse of US Citizen – issued for adjustment of status
IR7Children of US Citizen – issued for adjustment of status
IR8Orphans adopted abroad by US Citizens – issued for adjustment of status
IR9Orphans to be adopted by US Citizens – issued for adjustment of status
IW1Spouse of US Citizen, who are widows or widowers – issued for new arrivals
IW2Children of IW1 or IW6 – issued for new arrivals
IW6Spouse of US Citizen, who are widows or widowers, issued for adjustment of status
IW7Children of IW1 or IW6 – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Immediate relatives of US Citizens

Family Based Green Card Category Codes List

Green cards for family links between US citizens and lawful permanent residents are issued. There are numerous subcategories within the family-based green card path. First Preference (F1), Second Preference (F2A, F2B), Third Preference (F3), and Fourth Preference (F4) are defined. For your convenience, we have broken the family-based green card category codes into sections.

Family Based – Second Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
B20Children of B24 or B29, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
B21Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , self-petitioned
B22Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , self-petitioned
B23Children of B21, B22, B26, or B27, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
B24Unmarried sons/daughters of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , self-petitioned
B25Children of B24 or B29, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
B26Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
B27Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
B28Children of B21, B22, B26, or B27, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
B29Unmarried sons/daughters of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
BX1Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals , self-petitioned
BX2Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals , self-petitioned
BX3Children of BX1, BX2, BX6, or BX7, who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals
BX6Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
BX7Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
BX8Children of BX1, BX2, BX6, or BX7, who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status
C20Children of C24 or C29, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
C21Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
C22Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
C23Children of C21, C22, C26, or C27, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
C24Unmarried children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
C25Children of C24 or C29, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
C26Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
C27Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
C28Children of C21, C22, C26, or C27, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
C29Unmarried children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
CX1Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
CX2Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
CX3Children of CX2 or CX7, who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
CX6Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
CX7Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
CX8Children of CX2 or CX7, who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
F20Children of F24 or F29, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
F21Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
F22Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
F23Children of F21, F22, F26, or F27, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
F24Unmarried sons/daughters of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
F25Children of F24 or F29, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
F26Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
F27Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
F28Children of F21, F22, F26, or F27, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
F29Unmarried sons/daughters of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
FX1Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals
FX2Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals
FX3Children of FX1, FX2, FX7, or FX8, who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals
FX6Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status
FX7Children of Lawful Permanent Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status
FX8Children of FX1, FX2, FX7, or FX8, who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Family-based Second Preference(F2A, F2B)

Family Based – Third Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
A31Married Amerasian sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
A32Spouses of A31 or A36 – issued for new arrivals
A33Children of A31 or A36, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
A36Married Amerasian sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
A37Spouses of A31 or A36 – issued for adjustment of status
A38Children of A31 or A36, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
B31Married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals, self-petitioned
B32Spouses of B31 or B36 – issued for new arrivals
B33Children of B31 or B36, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
B36Married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status, self-petitioned
B37Spouses of B31 or B36 – issued for adjustment of status
B38Children of B31 or B36, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
C31Married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
C32Spouses of C31 or C36 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
C33Children of C31 or C36, who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
C36Married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
C37Spouses of married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
C38Children of C31 or C36, who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
F31Married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
F32Spouses of married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
F33Children of married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
F36Married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
F37Spouses of married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
F38Children of married sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Family-based Third Preference(F3)

Family Based – Fourth Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
F41Brothers/sisters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
F42Spouses of brothers/sisters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
F43Children of brothers/sisters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
F46Brothers/sisters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
F47Spouses of brothers/sisters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
F48Children of brothers/sisters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Family-based Fourth Preference(F4)

Employment Based Green Card Category Codes List

Green cards for family links between US citizens and lawful permanent residents are issued. There are numerous subcategories within the family-based green card path. First Preference (F1), Second Preference (F2A, F2B), Third Preference (F3), and Fourth Preference (F4) are defined. For your convenience, we have broken the family-based green card category codes into sections 

Employment Based – First Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
E10Children of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18 – issued for adjustment of status
E11Aliens with extraordinary ability – issued for new arrivals
E12Outstanding professors or researchers – issued for new arrivals
E13Multinational executives or managers – issued for new arrivals
E14Spouses of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18 – issued for new arrivals
E15Children of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18 – issued for new arrivals
E16Aliens with extraordinary ability – issued for adjustment of status
E17Outstanding professors or researchers – issued for adjustment of status
E18Multinational executives or managers – issued for adjustment of status
E19Spouses of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18 – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Employment Based First Preference (EB1)

Employment Based – Second Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
E21Professionals holding advanced degrees – issued for new arrivals
E22Spouses of E21 or E26 – issued for new arrivals
E23Children of E21 or E26 – issued for new arrivals
E26Professionals holding advanced degrees – issued for adjustment of status
E27Spouses of E21 or E26 – issued for adjustment of status
E28Children of E21 or E26 – issued for adjustment of status
ES1Soviet scientists – issued for new arrivals
ES6Soviet scientists – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Employment Based Second Preference (EB2)

Employment Based – Third Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
E30Children of E31, E32, E36, or E37 – issued for adjustment of status
E31Skilled workers – issued for new arrivals
E32Professionals with baccalaureate degrees – issued for new arrivals
E34Spouses of E31, E32, E36, or E37 – issued for new arrivals
E35Children of E31, E32, E36, or E37 – issued for new arrivals
E36Skilled workers – issued for adjustment of status
E37Professionals with baccalaureate degrees – issued for adjustment of status
E39Spouses of E31, E32, E36, or E37 – issued for adjustment of status
EC6Chinese Student Protection Act (CSPA) principals – issued for adjustment of status
EC7Spouses of EC6 – issued for adjustment of status
EC8Children of EC6 – issued for adjustment of status
EW0Children of EW3 or EW8 – issued for adjustment of status
EW3Needed unskilled workers – issued for new arrivals
EW4Spouses of EW3 or EW8 – issued for new arrivals
EW5Children of EW3 or EW8 – issued for new arrivals
EW8Needed unskilled workers – issued for adjustment of status
EW9Spouses of EW3 or EW8 – issued for adjustment of status
EX1Schedule – A worker – issued for new arrivals
EX2Spouses of EX1 or EX6 – issued for new arrivals
EX3Children of EX1 or EX6 – issued for new arrivals
EX6Schedule – A worker – issued for adjustment of status
EX7Spouses of EX1 or EX6 – issued for adjustment of status
EX8Children of EX1 or EX6 – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Employment Based Third Preference (EB3)

Employment Based – Fourth Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
BC1Broadcast (IBCB of BBG) employees – issued for new arrivals
BC2Spouses of BC1 or BC6 – issued for new arrivals
BC3Children of BC1 or BC6 – issued for new arrivals
BC6Broadcast (IBCG of BBG) employees – issued for adjustment of status
BC7Spouses of BC1 or BC6 – issued for adjustment of status
BC8Children of BC1 or BC6 – issued for adjustment of status
SD1Ministers – issued for new arrivals
SD2Spouses of SD1 or SD6 – issued for new arrivals
SD3Children of SD1 or SD6 – issued for new arrivals
SD6Ministers – issued for adjustment of status
SD7Spouses of SD1 or SD6 – issued for adjustment of status
SD8Children of SD1 or SD6 – issued for adjustment of status
SE1Employees of US government abroad – issued for new arrivals
SE2Spouses of SE1 or SE6 – issued for new arrivals
SE3Children of SE1 or SE6 – issued for new arrivals
SE6Employees of US government abroad – issued for adjustment of status
SE7Spouses of SE1 or SE6 – issued for adjustment of status
SE8Children of SE1 or SE6 – issued for adjustment of status
SF1Former employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government – issued for new arrivals
SF2Spouses or children of SF1 or SF6 – issued for new arrivals
SF6Former employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government – issued for adjustment of status
SF7Spouses or children of SF1 or SF6 – issued for adjustment of status
SG1Former US government employees in the Panama Canal Zone – issued for new arrivals
SG2Spouses or children of SG1 or SG6 – issued for new arrivals
SG6Former US government employees in the Panama Canal Zone – issued for adjustment of status
SG7Spouses or children of SG1 or SG6 – issued for adjustment of status
SH1Former employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government, employed on April 1, 1979 – issued for new arrivals
SH2Spouses or children of SH1 or SH6 – issued for new arrivals
SH6Former employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government, employed on April 1, 1979 – issued for adjustment of status
SH7Spouses or children of SH1 or SH6 – issued for adjustment of status
SJ2Spouses or children of SJ6 – issued for new arrivals
SJ6Foreign medical school graduate who was licensed to practice in the United States on Jan. 9, 1978 – issued for adjustment of status
SJ7Spouses or children of SJ6 – issued for adjustment of status
SK1Retired employees of international organizations – issued for new arrivals
SK2Spouses of SK1 or SK6 – issued for new arrivals
SK3Certain unmarried children of SK1 or SK6 – issued for new arrivals
SK4Certain surviving spouses of deceased international organization employees – issued for new arrivals
SK6Retired employees of international organizations – issued for adjustment of status
SK7Spouses of SK1 or SK6 – issued for adjustment of status
SK8Certain unmarried children of SK1 or SK6 – issued for adjustment of status
SK9Certain surviving spouses of deceased international organization employees – issued for adjustment of status
SL1Juvenile court dependents – issued for new arrivals
SL6Juvenile court dependents – issued for adjustment of status
SN1Retired NATO-6 civilian employees – issued for new arrivals
SN2Spouses of SN1 of SN6 – issued for new arrivals
SN3Certain unmarried sons/daughters of SN1 or SN6 – issued for new arrivals
SN4Certain surviving spouses of deceased NATO-6 civilian employees – issued for new arrivals
SN6Retired NATO-6 civilian employees – issued for adjustment of status
SN7Spouses of SN1 of SN6 – issued for adjustment of status
SN8Certain unmarried sons/daughters of SN1 or SN6 – issued for adjustment of status
SN9Certain surviving spouses of deceased NATO-6 civilian employees – issued for adjustment of status
SR1Religious workers – issued for new arrivals
SR2Spouses of SR1 or SR6 – issued for new arrivals
SR3Children of SR1 or SR6 – issued for new arrivals
SR6Religious workers – issued for adjustment of status
SR7Spouses of SR1 or SR6 – issued for adjustment of status
SR8Children of SR1 or SR6 – issued for adjustment of status
Green Card Category Codes for Employment Based Fourth Preference (EB4)

Employment Based – Fifth Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
C51Employment creation, not in a targeted area – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
C52Spouses of C51 or C56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
C53Children of C51 or C56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
C56Employment creation, not in a targeted area – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
C57Spouses of C51 or C56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
C58Children of C51 or C56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
E51Employment creation – issued for new arrivals
E52Spouses of E51 or E56 – issued for new arrivals
E53Children of E51 or E56 – issued for new arrivals
E56Employment creation – issued for adjustment of status
E57Spouses of E51 or E56 – issued for adjustment of status
E58Children of E51 or E56 – issued for adjustment of status
I51Employment creation, targeted area, pilot program – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
I52Spouses of I51 or I56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
I53Children of I51 or I56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
I56Employment creation, targeted area, pilot program – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
I57Spouses of I51 or I56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
I58Children of I51 or I56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
R51Investor pilot program, not targeted – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
R52Spouses of R51 or R56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
R53Children of R51 or R56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
R56Investor pilot program, not targeted – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
R57Spouses of R51 or R56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
R58Children of R51 or R56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
T51Employment creation, targeted area – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
T52Spouses of T51 or T56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
T53Children of T51 or T56 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
T56Employment creation, targeted area – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
T57Spouses of T51 or T56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
T58Children of T51 or T56 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
Green Card Category Codes for Employment Based Fifth Preference (EB5)

Refugees and Asylees Green Card Category Codes List

The US immigration system includes options for granting green cards to those who are persecuted or fear persecution. These are divided into two programmes, one for refugees and their families who are currently living outside of the United States. The other programme is for asylum seekers who are already in the United States with their close family. These categories and their codes are listed below.

 

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
CU6Cuban refugees (P.L. 89-732 of 1966)
CU7Non-Cuban spouses or children of Cuban refugees
IC6Indochinese refugees (P.L. 95-145 of 1977)
IC7Spouses or children of Indochinese refugees not qualified as refugees on their own
M83Refugee escapees previously admitted for lawful permanent resident status, adjustments
R86Refugee parolees (P.L. 95-412 of 1978)
RE6Other refugees (P.L. 96-212 Refugee Act of 1980)
RE7Spouses of RE6
RE8Children of RE6
RE9Other relatives
Y64Refugees in the United States prior to July 1, 1953, adjustments
Green Card Category Codes for Refugees
Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
AS6Asylees
AS7Spouses of AS6
AS8Children of AS6
GA6Iraqi asylees
GA7Spouses of GA6
GA8Children of GA6
SY6Syrian asylees
SY7Spouses of SY6
SY8Children of SY6
Green Card Category Codes for Asylees

Diversity Visa Green Card Category Codes

The INA contains provisions in the US immigration system that allow people from countries with low levels of immigration to apply for green cards through the Diversity Immigrant visa programme. Every year, a Diversity Visa Lottery is held to pick applications from a pool of such applicants. The green card category codes for the same are listed below.

 

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
DV1Principals, new arrivals
DV2Spouses of DV1 or DV6, new arrivals
DV3Children of DV1 or DV6, new arrivals
DV6Principals, adjustments
DV7Spouses of DV1 or DV6, adjustments
DV8Children of DV1 or DV6, adjustments
Green Card Category Codes for Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

Green Card Category Codes for Others based on Special Legislation

The US Congress also passes special legislation that grants green cards to specific groups of people, which are all listed below.

 

Parolees

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
ID6Parolees, Indochinese
LA6Parolees, Soviet/Indochinese
M93Parolees, Hungarian previously admitted for lawful permanent resident status
NA3Children born abroad to alien residents
PH6Parolees, Polish/Hungarian
Green Card Category Codes for Parolees

Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
NC6Principals
NC7Spouses of NC6
NC8Children of NC6
NC9Unmarried sons/daughters of NC6
Green Card Category Codes for Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA)

Cancellation of Removal

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
Z11Preference or non-preference immigrants (other than crewmen)
Z13Sec. 244, P.L. 89-236, subject to 4,000 annual limit
Z14Battered spouses or children (Violence Against Women Act), P.L. 103-322 of 1994, subject to 4,000 annual limit
Z15Salvadoran, Guatemalan and former Soviet bloc country nationals (NACARA Section 203, P.L. 105-100 of 1997)
Z56Crewmen who entered on or before June 30, 1964 and are immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or special immigrants
Z57Crewmen who entered on or before June 30, 1964 and are preference or non-preference immigrants

Family Based – First Preference Category

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
A11Unmarried Amerasian sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
A12Children of A11 or A16 – issued for new arrivals
A16Unmarried Amerasian sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
A17Children of A11 or A16 – issued for adjustment of status
B11Unmarried sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals, self-petitioned
B12Children of B11 or B16 – issued for new arrivals
B16Unmarried sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status, self-petitioned
B17Children of B11 or B16 – issued for adjustment of status
F11Unmarried sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for new arrivals
F12Children of F11 or F16 – issued for new arrivals
F16Unmarried sons/daughters of US citizens – issued for adjustment of status
F17Children of F11 or F16 – issued for adjustment of status

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