Initially, those who immigrate to the United States are granted "permanent residence" status. In most cases a permanent resident may only apply to become a United States Citizen five years after becoming a permanent resident. Permanent residents must comply with U.S. laws during their stay and their residence may be revoked under certain circumstances, exposing them to deportation.

Generally, there must be a basis to legally immigrate to the United States. There are five general basis or methods for naturalization and immigration to the United States, listed below. However, you should be aware that there are many strategic determinations to be considered when deciding the best US naturalization and immigration method for you and your family.

1. Family Based Immigration

Family Based Immigration is one of the most common ways to immigrate to the United States. This form of naturalization and immigration is used where a member of your family is a United States citizen or permanent resident.

2. Employment Based Immigration

Employment Based Immigration is another common avenue to immigrate to the United States. This form of permanent residence is based upon sponsorship by an employer, a church or even by sponsoring yourself (this last option is only available in special cases).

3. Investment Based Immigration

Investment Based Immigration is another way to immigrate to the United States based upon investment in an enterprise located in the United States.

4. Asylum/refugee Status

Asylum/refugee Status is available to those with a well-founded fear of persecution based upon race, religion, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

5. Other Ways To Immigrate

Other Ways To Immigrate exist for juveniles, government workers, such as the annual visa "lottery" or diversity-based naturalization and immigration.