A majority of green card applicants in Florida have a family member legally residing in the United States or a job offer from a U.S. emplolyer. However, there are some other ways that immigrants without a family member or job in the United States can apply for permanent residency.
One of the most well-known ways to apply for a green card without a job or family in the country is through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. This program is commonly referred to as the 'Green Card Lottery" and provides as many as 50,000 green cards each year to people from countries that have few immigrants already living in the United States. In addition to this program, there are also paths to obtaining a green card for citizens of certain countries like Cuba, Nicaragua and Afghanistan.