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Class of Admission for Greencard for Permanent Residence in the U.S.

class of admission

There are multiple ways to get the greencard in the U.S. such as an employment-based greencard, a family-based greencard, a political-asylum based greencard, and so on.  Within each type, there are many categories and sub-categories based on the relationship between the petitioner and sponsor, the legal status of the petitioner, job requirements, and so on.

Therefore, whenever a person gets a greencard, there is a code written under the label “Category”, and some people wonder what that means. The category is the class of admission that indicates how you got the greencard.

The following is the list of various classes of admission for the same.

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens

AR6

Children, adjustments, Amerasian

CF1

Spouses, adjustments, entered as fiancé(e), conditional

CF2

Children (step) of CF1, adjustments

CR1

Spouses, new arrivals, conditional

CR2

Children, new arrivals, conditional

CR6

Spouses, adjustments, conditional

CR7

Children, adjustments, conditional

IB1

Spouses, new arrivals, self-petitioning

IB2

Children, new arrivals, self-petitioning

IB3

Children of IB1, new arrivals

IB6

Spouses, adjustments, self-petitioning

IB7

Children, adjustments, self-petitioning

IB8

Children, adjustments, child of IB6 or IB7

IF1

Spouses, adjustments, entered as fiancé(e)

IF2

Children of IF1, adjustments

IR0

Parents of adult U.S. citizens, adjustments

IR1

Spouses, new arrivals

IR2

Children, new arrivals

IR3

Orphans adopted abroad, new arrivals

IR4

Orphans to be adopted, new arrivals

IR5

Parents of adult U.S. citizens, new arrivals

IR6

Spouses, adjustments

IR7

Children, adjustments

IR8

Orphans adopted abroad, adjustments

IR9

Orphans to be adopted, adjustments

IW1

Spouses, new arrivals, widowers

IW2

Children of IW1 or IW6, new arrivals

IW6

Spouses, adjustments, widowers

IW7

Children of IW1 or IW6, adjustments

 


Family preferences

1st preference

B16

Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments, self-petitioning

F11

Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals

F12

Children of F11, and F16, new arrivals

F16

Unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments

F17

Children of F11, and F16, adjustments

 

2nd preference

B21

Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals, self-petitioning

B22

Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals, self-petitioning

B25

Child of a B24 or B29, new arrivals

B26

Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, self-petitioning

B27

Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, self-petitioning

B28

Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, self-petitioning child of B27, B21, B22, or B26

BX6

Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments, self-petitioning

BX7

Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments, self-petitioning

BX8

Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments, self-petitioning child of BX7, BX1, BX2, or BX6

C21

Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals, conditional

C23

Children of 2nd preference spouse or child, subject to country limits, new arrivals, conditional

C26

Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments, conditional

CX6

Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments, conditional

CX7

Step-children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, conditional, adjustments

F20

Children of unmarried sons and daughters of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments

F21

Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals

F22

Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals

F23

Children of 2nd preference spouse or child, subject to country limits, new arrivals

F24

Unmarried sons and daughters of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals

F25

Children of unmarried sons and daughters of alien residents, subject to country limits, new arrivals

F26

Spouses of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments

F27

Children of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments

F28

Children of 2nd preference spouse or child, subject to country limits, adjustments

F29

Unmarried sons and daughters of alien residents, subject to country limits, adjustments

FX1

Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, new arrivals

FX2

Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, new arrivals

FX3

Children of 2nd preference spouse or child, exempt from country limits, new arrivals

FX6

Spouses of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments

FX7

Children of alien residents, exempt from country limits, adjustments

FX8

Children of 2nd preference spouse or child, exempt from country limits, adjustments

 

3rd preference

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A36

Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, Amerasians, adjustments

B36

Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments, self-petitioning

C37

Spouses of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments, conditional

F31

Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals

F32

Spouses of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals

F33

Children of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals

F36

Married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments

F37

Spouses of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments

F38

Children of married sons/daughters of U.S. citizens, adjustments

 

4th preference

F41

Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals

F42

Spouses of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals

F43

Children of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, new arrivals

F46

Brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, adjustments

F47

Spouses of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, adjustments

F48

Children of brothers/sisters of U.S. citizens, adjustments


Employment preferences

1st preference

E10

Children of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, adjustments

E11

Aliens with extraordinary ability, new arrivals

E12

Outstanding professors or researchers, new arrivals

E13

Multinational executives or managers, new arrivals

E14

Spouses of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, new arrivals

E15

Children of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, new arrivals

E16

Aliens with extraordinary ability, adjustments

E17

Outstanding professors or researchers, adjustments

E18

Multinational executives or managers, adjustments

E19

Spouses of E11, E12, E13, E16, E17, or E18, adjustments

 

2nd preference

E21

Professionals holding advanced degrees, new arrivals

E22

Spouses of E21 or E26, new arrivals

E23

Children of E21 or E26, new arrivals

E26

Professionals holding advanced degrees, adjustments

E27

Spouses of E21 or E26, adjustments

E28

Children of E21 or E26, adjustments

 

3rd preference

E30

Children of E31, E32, E36, or E37, adjustments

E31

Skilled workers, new arrivals

E32

Professionals with baccalaureate degrees, new arrivals

E34

Spouses of E31, E32, E36, or E37, new arrivals

E35

Children of E31, E32, E36, or E37, new arrivals

E36

Skilled workers, adjustments

E37

Professionals with baccalaureate degrees, adjustments

E39

Spouses of E31, E32, E36, or E37, adjustments

EC6

Chinese Student Protection Act (CSPA) principals, adjustments

EC8

Children of EC6, adjustments

EW0

Children of EW3 or EW8, adjustments

EW3

Needed unskilled workers, new arrivals

EW4

Spouses of EW3 or EW8, new arrivals

EW5

Children of EW3 or EW8, new arrivals

EW8

Needed unskilled workers, adjustments

EW9

Spouses of EW3 or EW8, adjustments

 

4th preference

BC1

Broadcast (IBCB of BBG) employee, new arrivals

BC2

Spouse of BC1, new arrivals

BC3

Child of BC1, new arrivals

BC6

Broadcast (IBCG of BBG) employee, adjustments

BC7

Spouse of BC6, adjustments

BC8

Children of BC6 broadcasting employees, adjustments

SC6

Lost citizenship through marriage, adjustments

SD1

Ministers, new arrivals

SD2

Spouses of ministers, new arrivals

SD3

Children of ministers, new arrivals

SD6

Ministers, adjustments

SD7

Spouses of ministers, adjustments

SD8

Children of ministers, adjustments

SE1

U.S. government employees abroad, new arrivals

SE2

Spouses of SE1 or SE6, new arrivals

SE3

Children of SE1 or SE6, new arrivals

SE6

Employees of U.S. government abroad, adjustments

SE7

Spouses of SE1 or SE6, adjustments

SE8

Children of SE1 or SE6, adjustments

SF6

Former employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government, adjustments

SF7

Spouses or children of SF1 or SF6, adjustments

SG1

Former U.S. government employees in the Panama Canal Zone, new arrivals

SG6

Former U.S. government employees in the Panama Canal Zone, adjustments

SG7

Spouse or child of an SG1 or SG6, adjustments

SK1

Retired employees of international organizations, new arrivals

SK2

Spouses of SK1 or SK6, new arrivals

SK3

Unmarried children of SK1 or SK6, new arrivals

SK6

Retired employees of international organizations, adjustments

SK7

Spouses of SK1 or SK6, adjustments

SK8

Unmarried children of SK1 or SK6, adjustments

SK9

Surviving spouses of SK1 or SK6, adjustments

SL1

Juvenile court dependents, new arrivals

SL6

Juvenile court dependents, adjustments

SM1

U.S Armed Forces personnel, service (12 years) after 10/1/91, new arrivals

SM2

Spouses of SM1 or SM6, new arrivals

SM3

Children of SM1 or SM6, new arrivals

SM6

U.S Armed Forces personnel, service (12 years) after 10/1/91, adjustments

SM7

Spouses of SM1 or SM6 adjustments

SM8

Children of SM1 or SM6, adjustments

SM9

U.S Armed Forces personnel, service (12 years) by 10/91, adjustments

SN8

Certain unmarried sons or daughters of SN6 (retired NATO employees), adjustments

SR1

Religious workers, new arrivals

SR2

Spouses of SR1 of SR6, new arrivals

SR3

Children of SR1 or SR6, new arrivals

SR6

Religious workers, adjustments

SR7

Spouses of SR1 of SR6, adjustments

SR8

Children of SR1 or SR6, adjustments

 

5th preference

C51

Employment creation, not in targeted area, new arrivals, conditional

C52

Spouses of C51 or C56, new arrivals, conditional

C53

Children of C51 or C56, new arrivals, conditional

C56

Employment creation, not in targeted area, adjustments, conditional

C57

Spouses of C51 or C56, adjustments, conditional

C58

Children of C51 or C56, adjustments, conditional

I56

Employment creation, targeted area, pilot program, adjustments, conditional

T51

Employment creation, targeted area, new arrivals, conditional

T52

Spouses of T51 or T56, new arrivals, conditional

T53

Children of T51 or T56, new arrivals, conditional

T56

Employment creation, targeted area, adjustments, conditional

T57

Spouses of T51 or T56, adjustments, conditional

T58

Children of T51 or T56, adjustments, conditional


Diversity

DV1

Principals, new arrivals

DV2

Spouses of DV1 or DV6, new arrivals

DV3

Children of DV1 or DV6, new arrivals

DV6

Principals, adjustments

DV7

Spouses of DV1 or DV6, adjustments

DV8

Children of DV1 or DV6, adjustments

 

Nicaraguan and Cuban nationals (Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act NACARA Section 202, P.L. 105-100) (adjustments)

NC6

Principals

NC7

Spouses of NC6

NC8

Children of NC6

NC9

Unmarried sons or daughters of NC6

 

Haitian nationals (Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) (P.L. 105-277) (HA6) (adjustments)

HA6

Haitian asylum applicants

HA7

Spouses of HA6

HA8

Children of HA6

HA9

Unmarried son or daughter of HA6

HB6

Haitian parolees

HB7

Spouses of HB6

HB8

Children of HB6

HB9

Unmarried sons or daughters of HB6

HC6

Haitian children without parents

HC7

Spouses of HC6

HC8

Children of HC6

HD6

Haitian children orphaned in U.S

HE6

Haitian children abandoned by parents


Parolees (adjustments)

ID6

Parolees, Indochinese

LA6

Parolees, Soviet/Indochinese

PH6

Parolees, Polish/Hungarian

 

Refugees and Asylees (adjustments)

Refugees

CU6

Cuban refugees (P.L. 89-732 of 1966)

CU7

Non-Cuban spouses or children of Cuban refugees

IC6

Indochinese refugees (P.L. 95-145 of 1977)

IC7

Spouse of child of Indochinese refugee not qualified as refugee on own

RE6

Other refugees (P.L. 96-212 Refugee Act of 1980)

RE7

Spouses of RE6

RE8

Children of RE6

RE9

Other relatives

 

Asylees

AS6

Asylees, subject to 10,000 annual limit

AS7

Spouses of AS6

AS8

Children of AS6

GA6

Iraqi asylees, not subject to annual limit; Guam processing

GA7

Spouses of GA6

GA8

Children of GA6

SY6

Syrian asylees, not subject to 10,000 annual limit

SY7

Spouses of Syrian asylees, not subject to annual limit

SY8

Children of Syrian asylees, not subject to annual limit

 

IRCA legalization (adjustments)

S26

Special Agricultural Workers (SAW) in 1986

W16

Entered without inspection before 1/1/82

W26

Entered as nonimmigrant and overstayed visa before 1/1/82

W36

Blanket enforced voluntary departure (EVD) group

 

IRCA legalization (dependents)

CB6

Spouses of legalized aliens, adjustments, conditional

LB1

Spouses of legalized aliens, new arrivals

LB2

Children of LB1or LB6, new arrivals

LB6

Spouses of legalized aliens, adjustments

LB7

Children of LB1or LB6, adjustments

 

Other

AM1

Amerasians, born in Vietnam between 1/1/62-1/1/76, new arrivals

AM2

Spouses or children of AM1 or AM6, new arrivals

AM3

Mothers, guardians, or next of kin of AM1 or AM6, new arrivals

CH6

Cuban Haitian entrants, adjustments (P.L. 99-603)

DS1

Individuals born under diplomatic status, adjustments,

NA3

Children born abroad to alien residents

S13

American Indians born in Canada, new arrivals

W46

Late amnesty applicants (Immigration Reform and Control Act)

XN3

Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s visa other, new arrivals

XE3

Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s employment preference visa, new arrivals

XF3

Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s family preference visa, new arrivals

XR3

Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s immediate relative of U.S. citizen visa, new arrivals

Z03

Entered 7/1/24-6/28/40, Section 249, P.L. 89-236, adjustments

Z14

Battered spouses and children (Violence Against Women Act), P.L. 103-322 of 1994, subject to 4,000 annual limit

Z15

Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and former Soviet bloc country nationals (NACARA Section 203, P.L. 105-100 of 1997)

Z33

Entered before 7/1/24, Section 249, P.L. 89-236, adjustments

Z43

Private bill, adjustments

Z66

Entered 6/29/40-1/1/72, Section 249, P.L 89-236, adjustments

Z83

Foreign government official who is immediate relative of U.S. citizen or special immigrant

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