Domestic Workers Have Easier Path To Green Card

by Kobakila News

WOODSIDE, NEW YORK — The green card process for domestic workers is relatively less complicated than that for professionals and shorter than that for some family preference petitions.

New York attorney Cristina Godinez said in last Sunday’s Café Migrante forum that the labor certification process for domestic workers is less expensive than that for professionals like accountants, teachers, engineers, or IT professionals.

“The recruitment for professionals requires three additional steps. This means additional advertising cost and a larger pool of potential US applicants,” Godinez explained. “Recruitment for domestic workers does not have those additional steps.”

Labor certification is the process by which an employer tests the market for willing and available U.S. workers through Department of Labor-regulated recruitment.

Domestic workers also have a shorter wait-time for immigrant visa availability than certain family preference petitions, Godinez said. “The wait-time for certain family-based petitions is notoriously long,“ she said.

She cited that family preference petitions for Philippine nationals are currently backlogged by 11 to 23 years. For employer-based category for domestic workers, the backlog is only for six years.

“A Filipino nanny sponsored by an employer would be better off than the Filipino sibling of a US citizen in terms of wait-time,” Godinez explained during the forum held at the Bayanihan Community Center in Woodside, Queens.

Café Migrante, a project of the Philippine Forum, is a monthly forum on immigration developments and issues held on the last Sunday of the month. Attorney Godinez, who has helped hundreds of immigrants with visa, green card and citizenship applications for the past 10 years, is the main resource person for the forum.

The Bayanihan Community Center is located at 40-21 69th St, Woodside, Queens.  To get to the Bayanihan Community Center, take the 7 Train and get off at 69th St. and Fisk Avenue stop along Roosevelt Avenue.

For more information, please call Melanie Dulfo of the Philippine Forum at 718-565-8862 or email at

The Philippine Forum is a New York City-based not-for-profit organization that provides direct services, training and advocacy to Filipinos and people of Filipino heritage in the United States. It is also a prime mover in coalitions with other immigrant groups in advocating for immigration reform

Among the topics lined up in future forums are tips on maintaining legal non-immigrant status, spouse and other family-sponsored green cards, work authorization for non-citizens, humanitarian benefits under U.S. immigration law and prospects for legalization of status.


Foreign domestic workers actually have a less complicated path towards obtaining green cards, according to New York attorney Cristina Godinez at the Café Migrante forum last Sunday, May 27. Café Migrante is a monthly forum held every last Sunday of the month at the Bayanihan Community Center  at 40-21 69th St., Woodside, Queens.

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