Getting a Green Card – How to receive a US resident status?
A Green Card is a document which proves you are a permanent resident of the United States.
The process of acquiring residency- the right to live and work in the US – is often referred to as “getting a Green Card”.
The United Sates has a complex system of immigration laws, regulations, procedures, and court rulings. It may take an expert US immigration lawyer to be familiar with all the rules and regulations to navigate the process – but the very term itself is widely familiar. For many people around the world, “getting a Green Card” is shorthand for moving to the US.
Advocate Jamie Cohen, will explain the process of obtaining a permanent resident status in the United States. Pursuing economic success overseas, and living the American Dream in the land of unlimited possibilities is the goal of many all over the world, therefore the US has become a destination for immigration, since it’s foundation.
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is a document of permanent residence in the United States. A permanent residence permit allows a foreign citizen to live and work in the United States. However, it is important to note that Green Card holders are not US citizens. Permanent residents do not receive an American passport and can’t vote in federal elections. They have to apply for a re-entry permit if they leave the US for more than a year, and have to periodically renew their residence permit.
How can one acquire a Green Card?
There are several ways to obtain permanent residency status in the United States. The most popular way is obtaining a Green Card status through relatives who are permanent residents or American citizens. A spouse of a citizen or resident of the United States may also apply for a permanent residence. Skilled workers may receive a green card through their workplace.
In addition, asylum seekers who have been recognized under the International Refugee Convention may obtain a permanent residency, live and work in the US.
There are also several types of visas to the United States, where holders of these visas may apply for a Green Card after several years of residence in the United States.
People who work in the US, have a religious worker visa, are in the US as witnesses to a crime, may all acquire this status. Much like “direct” applications for a permanent resident status, these are subject to certain criteria, like absence of criminal record, etc.
It is recommended to consult an immigration attorney to check eligibility for permanent residency status in the United States.
Is it possible to lose your permanent resident status?
Permanent Residents of the United States may reside and work in the United States indefinitely.
However, leaving the United States for long periods of time may lead the US immigration authorities to determine that permanent residency has waived eligibility. In general, US immigration authorities recommend not staying outside of the United States for more than a year.
A lawyer specializing in immigration to the United States can suggest how to avoid a course of action that will result in your residence permit expiring, as well as what to do if the immigration authorities are considering cancelling your Green Card.
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United States immigration laws are complicated and require in-depth knowledge. Experience is required to properly navigate them in order to have the best chance of a successful outcome.
It is recommended to consult with a US immigration lawyer who has decades of experience and knowledge in the field.
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