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The green card is the phrase used to describe the identification card that
authorizes foreign nationals to live and work permanently in the United
States. It has been called the “green card” because of its
predominantly green color background. In order to get a green card, you
must apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Various paths have been established for obtaining a green card.
What Can I Do With a Green Card?
This identification card allows you to enter and exit our country, study,
work, and live without the time limits of a temporary visa. It also provides
the final step on the path towards achieving full U.S. citizenship through
the naturalization process.
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Obtaining a Green Card
The application process for permanent residency with a green card involves
meeting certain requirements. These requirements are laid out according
to categories that qualify an individual for a green card.
These categories include:
immigration as the immediate relative of a U.S. citizen; these individuals have first
priority for a green card, including the spouses, children, and parents
of U.S. citizens.
- Family-based immigration as other relatives of U.S. citizens or relatives
of current green card holders. These include unmarried and married children
of U.S. citizens, siblings of U.S. citizens, spouses and children of green
card holders, fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and their children, widow(er)s
of U.S. citizens, and certain abused family members of U.S. citizens or
green card holders.
- Employment-based immigration as an immigrant worker, ranging from professors,
researchers, and executives to unskilled workers as well as immigrant
- Immigration as a “special” immigrant, such as for religious
workers, special juveniles, broadcasters, and more.
- Immigration as a refugee or individual seeking asylum.
- Immigration as a victim of human trafficking or crimes.
- Immigration as a victim of abuse, such as for the abused spouses or children
of U.S. citizens or green card holders.
- Immigration through other special categories, such as for certain nationalities,
refugees, or abused individuals.
- Immigration through “registry,” based on having living continuously
in this country since before January 1, 1972.
The Application Process
Family-based immigration is the most commonly used category for obtaining
a green card. Each category provides its own specific steps and procedures
that you must follow in order to become a Legal Permanent Resident.
Can Green Card Holders be Denied?
It is possible for a green card to be denied for a number of reasons. These include:
- Entering into the U.S. illegally
- Lack of proven relationship to a family member
- They have a contagious disease
- They have a criminal conviction
- Lack qualifications for employment
When Can You Renew Your Green Card?
According to the USCIS, you are required to renew your green card every
10 years. It’s critical that you renew your green card on time,
else you could experience problems.
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