When most people think of gaining residency in the United States, they immediately think of getting their green card. This article will summarize the green card and permanent resident application process in the U.S.
What Does a Green Card Do?
A green card shows that you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States. It is also known as a Permanent Resident Card. A green card gives you all of the same rights as a U.S. citizen, with one exception – you cannot vote. A green card is to prove that you have permission to live and work permanently in the United States.
Here are some things to know about your green card:
- A green card is not a visa. A visa allows you to travel to the U.S. and stay for a specific period. On the other hand, a green card will enable you to live and work permanently in America.
- Your green card may be revoked. The U.S. has the right to revoke your green card if they believe that you are no longer eligible. This could happen if, for example, someone committed fraud when they applied for their green card or were convicted of certain serious crimes.
- You must renew your green card in 10 years. If you do not renew your green card within 180 days of its expiration date, you will lose your residency status and have to apply for it again.
- You can apply for citizenship after 5 years. After holding a valid green card for 5 years, you can apply for citizenship through naturalization proceedings.
Getting Your Green Card: The Process
The process usually begins with applying with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once the application is filed, USCIS will review it and decide if it is complete and eligible for further processing.
If the applicant is approved for an interview, they will be required to go through fingerprinting and photographing. After this step is completed, the applicant may have their case adjudicated or be placed in removal proceedings. Finally, if the applicant is approved, they will receive their green card.
Tips for Making the Green Card Process Easier
- Get help from an immigration law professional. Qualified professionals can guide you through the permanent residence process successfully.
- Follow all instructions from USCIS. Failure to follow instructions can result in delays or even denial of your application. Your immigration lawyer can help make sure this doesn’t happen.
- Be prepared for your interview. Be ready to answer questions about yourself and your family members convincingly and accurately. Also, bring any required documentation to your interview appointment.
Contact Tourzani & Long, LLC When You Are Ready to Apply for Your Green Card
If you plan to apply for permanent residency in the U.S., you need a knowledgeable professional in USCIS requirements. At Tourzani & Long, LLC, we will help you navigate this complex process and ensure everything is done right. Call us at (201) 987-0036. We are available to discuss your goals 24/7.
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