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Green Card Category Codes:Meaning, Full list of LPR Codes

As you are going through the process of getting a Green Card or Lawful Permanent Residency, you often encounter Green Card Codes like E11, F41, IR1, etc. that are used in visa wait times. Also, you would even see this code on the Green Card that is issued to you after the process is complete. In this article, we will review what is the Green Card or Lawful Permanent Resident(LPR) Category code and review the complete list of the same with details around them.

What is Green Card Category Code? LPR Category Code?

Green Card Category code describes the category under which a person would be issued Green Card or Lawful Permanent Resident(LPR) card. It starts with an Alphabet followed by a number like C26, E11, F21, etc. After you go through the process and get the physical green card, the LPR category code also appears on it under the label ‘Category’. See the below screenshot to understand where it appears and how it looks.

Green Card Category Highlighted in Sample
Green Card Category Highlighted in Sample

Also, the category code indicates, if the green card was given as a normal permanent resident or a conditional permanent resident. The normal green cards are issued with a validity period of 10 years. But, the conditional green cards are given with a 2 years validity. The conditional green cardholders should remove conditions before the expiration of the card.

Some of the Green Card Category codes look pretty similar or same as the USCIS EAD Category Codes, but they are completely different things. The EAD category codes are related Employment Authorization Document(EAD) Category code. Example: C26 code under EAD Category code means EAD given for H4 visa holders. Unlike, C26 code under Green Card category codes is given for spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents, who are subject to country limits and get green card using 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 get a green card. Each of the paths also has sub-sections for easy review.

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

  • If something says “new arrival”, it means they entered America on an Immigrant Visa from outside of US
  • If something says “adjustment of status”, it means that they were already in America and converted/adjusted their previous status to get a green card.
  • If something says “conditional green card”, they were not issued a regular 10-year green card, but rather a 2-year conditional green card.
  • If something says “self-petitioned”, it means that the application or petition for the green card category for filed by themselves without anyone else doing it on their behalf.

Immediate relatives of US Citizens – Green Card Category Codes

The majority of the green cards that are issued in any year are under the immediate relatives of US Citizens path for their spouses, children, and parents. Below listed green card categories 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

Family Based green cards are issued based on family relationships with US Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents. There are many sub-categories under the family-based green cards path. There are defined as First Preference(F1), Second Preference(F2A, F2B), Third Preference(F3), and Fourth Preference(F4). We have divided the family based green card category codes based on these into sections for easy review.

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
Green Card Category Codes for Family based First Preference(F1)

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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , self-petitioned
B22Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
B27Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
BX1Spouses of Lawful Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals , self-petitioned
BX2Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status , self-petitioned
BX7Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
C22Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
C27Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
CX1Spouses of Lawful Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals , conditional green card
CX2Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status , conditional green card
CX7Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for new arrivals
F22Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
F27Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are subject to country limits – issued for adjustment of status
FX1Spouses of Lawful Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for new arrivals
FX2Children of Lawful Permanet 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 Permanet Residents(Green Card holders), who are exempt from country limits – issued for adjustment of status
FX7Children of Lawful Permanet 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

Employment Based Green Cards are issued based on skills of an individual for the shortage of skills in the US. Also, it includes green cards issued based on investments that create jobs. There are many subcategories under employment-based green cards : First Preference(EB-1), Second Preference(EB-2), Third Preference (EB-4), Fourth Preference(EB-4) and Fifth Preference(EB-5). We have divided the them into sections. We have divided the employment-based green card category codes based on these into sections for easy review.

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 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 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

US immigration system has provisions to provide green cards for anyone who are persecuted or have fear of the same. These are under two programs one for refugees and their relatives who are currently outside of the US. The other program is for asylum, where the person is already in the US with their immediate relatives. Below are those categories & their codes.

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

US immigration system has provisions in the INA that lets people from countries with low level of immigration to seek green cards under the Diversity Immigrant visa program. There is a Diversity Visa Lottery that happens every year to select the applicants from the pool of such applicants. Below are the green card category codes for the same.

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

US Congress also passes certain special legislations that allocate green cards for certain categories of individuals, these 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
Green Card Category Codes for Cancellation of Removal individuals

Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act(HRIFA)

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
HA6Haitian asylum applicants
HA7Spouses of HA6
HA8Children of HA6
HA9Unmarried sons/daughters of HA6
HB6Haitian parolees
HB7Spouses of HB6
HB8Children of HB6
HB9Unmarried sons/daughters of HB6
HC6Haitian children without parents
HC7Spouses of HC6
HC8Children of HC6
HC9Unmarried sons/daughters of HC6
HD6Haitian children orphaned in the United States
HD7Spouses of HD6
HD8Children of HD6
HD9Unmarried sons/daughters of HD6
HE6Haitian children abandoned by parents
HE7Spouses of HE6
HE8Children of HE6
HE9Unmarried sons/daughters of HE6
Green Card Category Codes for Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA)

IRCA Legalization

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
CB1Spouses of legalized aliens – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
CB2Children of CB1 or CB6 – issued for new arrivals, conditional green card
CB6Spouses of legalized aliens – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
CB7Children of CB1 or CB6 – issued for adjustment of status, conditional green card
LB1Spouses of legalized aliens – issued for new arrivals
LB2Children of LB1 or LB6 – issued for new arrivals
LB6Spouses of legalized aliens – issued for adjustment of status
LB7Children of LB1 or LB6 – issued for adjustment of status
S16Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW), worked at least 90 days during each year ending May 1, 1984, 1985, and 1986
S26Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW), worked at least 90 days during the year ending on May 1, 1986
W16Entered without inspection before 1/1/82
W26Entered as nonimmigrant and overstayed visa before 1/1/82
W36Blanket enforced voluntary departure (EVD) group
Green Card Category Codes for IRCA Legalization & their dependents

Other Classes

Category CodeDescription of Green Card Category Code
AA1Natives of certain adversely affected foreign states – issued for new arrivals
AA2Spouses of AA1 or AA6 – issued for new arrivals
AA3Children of AA1 or AA6 – issued for new arrivals
AA6Natives of certain adversely affected foreign states – issued for adjustment of status
AA7Spouses of AA1 or AA6 – issued for adjustment of status
AA8Children of AA1 or AA6 – issued for adjustment of status
AM1Amerasians, born in Vietnam between 1/1/62-1/1/76 – issued for new arrivals
AM2Spouses or children of AM1 or AM6 – issued for new arrivals
AM3Mothers, guardians, or next of kin of AM1 or AM6 – issued for new arrivals
AM6Amerasians, born in Vietnam between 1/1/62-1/1/76 – issued for adjustment of status
AM7Spouses or children of AM1 or AM6 – issued for adjustment of status
AM8Mothers, guardians, or next of kin of AM1 or AM6 – issued for adjustment of status
CH6Cuban Haitian entrants – issued for adjustment of status (P.L. 99-603)
DS1Individuals born under diplomatic status – issued for adjustment of status,
DT1Natives of Tibet who continuously resided in Nepal or India (Displaced Tibetan) – issued for new arrivals
DT2Spouses of DT1 or DT6 – issued for new arrivals
DT3Children of DT1 or DT6 – issued for new arrivals
DT6Natives of Tibet who continuously resided in Nepal or India (Displaced Tibetan) – issued for adjustment of status
DT7Spouses of DT1 or DT6 – issued for adjustment of status
DT8Children of DT1 or DT6 – issued for adjustment of status
HH6Parolees adjusting under the Help HAITI Act of 2010 – issued for adjustment of status
HK1Hong Kong business employees – issued for new arrivals
HK2Spouses of HK1 or HK6 – issued for new arrivals
HK3Children of HK1 or HK6 – issued for new arrivals
HK6Hong Kong business employees – issued for adjustment of status
HK7Spouses of HK1 or HK6 – issued for adjustment of status
HK8Children of HK1 or HK6 – issued for adjustment of status
MR0Parents of US citizens presumed to be lawful permanent resident aliens – Northern Mariana Islands – issued for adjustment of status
MR6Spouses of US citizens presumed to be lawful permanent resident aliens – Northern Mariana Islands – issued for adjustment of status
MR7Children of US citizens presumed to be lawful permanent resident aliens – Northern Mariana Islands – issued for adjustment of status
NP8Alien who filed and was qualified with investor status prior to June 1, 1978
NP9Spouses or children of NP8 – issued for adjustment of status
RN6Certain former H1 nonimmigrant registered nurses – issued for adjustment of status
RN7Spouses or children of RN6 – issued for adjustment of status
S13American Indians born in Canada – issued for new arrivals
SC1Lost citizenship through marriage – issued for new arrivals
SC2Lost citizenship through serving in foreign armed forces – issued for new arrivals
SC6Lost citizenship through marriage – issued for adjustment of status
SC7Lost citizenship through serving in foreign armed forces – issued for adjustment of status
SI1Special immigrant interpreters who are nationals of Iraq or Afghanistan – issued for new arrivals
SI2Spouses of SI1 or SI6 – issued for new arrivals
SI3Children of SI1 or SI6 – issued for new arrivals
SI6Special immigrant interpreters who are nationals of Iraq or Afghanistan – issued for adjustment of status
SI7Spouses of SI1 or SI6 – issued for adjustment of status
SI8Children of SI1 or SI6 – issued for adjustment of status
SM0Spouses or children of SM4 or SM9 – issued for adjustment of status
SM1US Armed Forces personnel, service (12 years) after 10/1/91 – issued for new arrivals
SM2Spouses of SM1 or SM6 – issued for new arrivals
SM3Children of SM1 or SM6 – issued for new arrivals
SM4US Armed Forces personnel, service (12 years) by 10/91 – issued for new arrivals
SM5Spouses or children of SM4 or SM9 – issued for new arrivals
SM6US Armed Forces personnel, service (12 years) after 10/1/91 – issued for adjustment of status
SM7Spouses of SM1 or SM6 – issued for adjustment of status
SM8Children of SM1 or SM6 – issued for adjustment of status
SM9US Armed Forces personnel, service (12 years) by 10/91 – issued for adjustment of status
SQ1Certain Iraqis and Afghans employed by US Government – issued for new arrivals
SQ2Spouses of SQ1 or SQ6 – issued for new arrivals
SQ3Children of SQ1 or SQ6 – issued for new arrivals
SQ6Certain Iraqis and Afghans employed by US Government – issued for adjustment of status
SQ7Spouses of SQ1 or SQ6 – issued for adjustment of status
SQ8Children of SQ1 or SQ6 – issued for adjustment of status
ST0Adjustment of T4 nonimmigrant
ST6Adjustment of T1 nonimmigrant
ST7Adjustment of T2 nonimmigrant
ST8Adjustment of T3 nonimmigrant
ST9Adjustment of T5 nonimmigrant
SU0Adjustment of U4 nonimmigrant
SU2Spouses of SU6 – issued for new arrivals
SU3Children of SU6 – issued for new arrivals
SU5Parents of SU6 – issued for new arrivals
SU6Adjustment of U1 nonimmigrant
SU7Adjustment of U2 nonimmigrant
SU8Adjustment of U3 nonimmigrant
SU9Adjustment of U5 nonimmigrant
W46Late amnesty applicants (Immigration Reform and Control Act)
XA3Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s non-quota visa – issued for new arrivals
XB3Presumed lawfully admitted for permanent residence
XE3Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s employment-based preference visa – issued for new arrivals
XF3Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s family-sponsored preference visa – issued for new arrivals
XN3Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s visa other – issued for new arrivals
XR3Children born subsequent to issuance of parent’s immediate relative of US citizen visa – issued for new arrivals
Z03Entered 7/1/24-6/28/40, Section 249, P.L. 89-236 – issued for adjustment of status
Z33Entered before 7/1/24, Section 249, P.L. 89-236 – issued for adjustment of status
Z43Private bill – issued for adjustment of status
Z66Entered 6/29/40-1/1/72, Section 249, P.L. 89-236 – issued for adjustment of status
Z83Foreign government official who is immediate relative of US citizen or special immigrant
Green Card Category Codes for Other classes

Common FAQs

What does the Category mean on a Green Card ?

The Category on the Green Card or Lawful Permanent Resident(LPR) Card is nothing but the category code under which your green card was issued. For example, if you got your green under the employment-based category of EB1, under the subcategory of outstanding professor or researcher, you would see the Category on the Green Card as E12. The above article has the complete list of the same.

Does the Green Card Category matter ?

It depends on the context of the question. The Green Card category is especially important for wait times and how soon you can get a green card. The reason is, many of the Green Card categories have numerical limits and there can be wait times ranging from few months to many years. So, it does matter for how soon you would get your green card. Also, it would be used for adjudication by the officer to ensure you fit in the relevant category and meet all the requirements.

Same Green Card Category Code appears in EAD Category Code – Are they same ?

No, they are not the same. Even though the code looks same, the meaning of them is different. Though they look same, they are not related to same category or anything as such. E.g. C26 category appears in both, but they mean completely different.

Is Green Card Category Code same as Green Card Number ?

No, they are not the same.

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