Learn how the World Bank Group is helping countries with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Find Out

Skip to Main Navigation

Human Resources


CONTACT

The World Bank
1818 H Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
hroperations@worldbank.org

Request U.S. Permanent Residency under the Special Immigration Provision

Attention:

As of May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be issuing redesigned Permanent Resident Cards (Green Card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Redesigned Green Cards and EADs will:

  • Display the individual’s photos on both sides,
  • Show a unique graphic image and color palette,
  • Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominantly green palette,
  • EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle and a predominantly red palette,
  • Have embedded holographic images,
  • No longer display the individual’s signature, and
  • Green Cards will no longer have an optical stripe on the back.

See full announcement here for details on the USCIS website.

If you are considering obtaining a U.S. permanent residency or green card, be aware that you may be subject to adverse U.S. tax consequences if you relinquish the green card later. Before applying for a permanent residency or green card, seek professional tax advice regarding expatriation taxes under U.S. law.

Attention:

The World Bank Group does not assist staff or retirees with their Special Immigration application.

Eligibility

Retirees of the Bank Group are eligible to apply for a U.S. permanent residency under the Special Immigration Provision if they meet all these conditions:

  • Total physical presence/residence in the U.S. on a G4 visa is 15 years or more.
    AND
  • Continuous physical presence/residence in the U.S. on a G4 visa is at least three and a half years of the seven years prior to application.

Attention:

For both cases above, time as a consultant does not count towards the 15/3.5 year minimum. Time out of the U.S. on official travel or vacation does not affect physical presence, but residence outside the U.S. may affect physical presence such as extended field assignments, short-term assignments, telecommuting, leave without pay, and external service.

  • Separation from the Bank Group is due to retirement, and staff are eligible to receive pension, either immediate or deferred, upon termination.
  • A petition is filed with the USCIS within six months of date of retirement or termination of open, term, or regular appointment.
  • For more details on the Special Immigrant Provision, see FAQs here.

Note:

If the petition is not filed within six months of the retirement or termination, USCIS will not process the request.

Children (on dependent G4 visas) of current or former staff of the Bank Group are eligible to apply for U.S. permanent residency under the Special Immigration Provision if they meet these conditions:
 

  • Are unmarried
  • Have resided and been physically present in the U.S. in G4 status for periods that total seven years between the ages of 5 and 21 (before 22nd birthday)
  • Have resided and been physically present in the U.S. in G4 status for periods that total at least three and a half of the seven years prior to application
  • Have filed the 'Special Immigrant' petition with USCIS before their 25th birthday

When to Apply

  • Staff and spouse may submit a request to HR if the retirement termination action has been submitted via myHR Self-Service OR within 6 months of retirement
  • Dependent G4 child(ren) may submit at any time the child(ren) meet the requirements above
  
 Step 01 - Action by Staff
 
  • Verify eligibility for your child and submit the request for the Special Immigration Provision letter in myHR Self-Service
  • For prospective retirees: Verify eligibility and submit the request for the Special Immigration Provision letter in myHR Self-Service.

Retirees (with no access to myHR Self-Service):

Attention:

Before completing and submitting this form, follow all the steps outlined in this checklist.

 

Step 02 - Action by HR

 

Prepare the letter in approximately five business days. Once the letter is ready, send an email confirmation to the staff member/retiree for pick up at HR Operations.

Note:

For prospective retirees:

o    The letter will be processed only after the last day of service at the Bank

o    Ensure you have provided your personal email address for the email confirmation to be sent

o    You must file the petition for the Green Card for you or your spouse within six months of termination from the Bank

 

Step 03 - Action by Staff

 

Engage the services of an immigration attorney to assist with the Special Immigration application.

You must report to HR Operations the change in status when you or any of your dependents are granted the Green Card.

Note:

The following attorneys have been assisting staff and dependents. However, selection of an attorney is at the discretion of the family and legal services are not endorsed or reimbursed by the Bank Group.

o    Mr. Andrew Greenfield: 202-349-2183

o    Ms. Amy R. Novick: 202-293-3123

o    Ms. Julie Oliver-Zhang: 202-643-1110

o    Ms. Linda Hoffman: 202-331-9450

o    Ms. Maria Glinsmann: 301-987-0030 (Ext. 3)

o    Ms. Palma Yanni: 202-338-1995

o    Mr. Richard Bromberg: 202-835-0660

o    Mr. Sena Basnayake: 202-872-1600

Last Updated: May 06, 2020