What is a "Green Card?"
A "green card" is an immigrant visa that allows a person to live and work in the United States permanently. This person must intend to reside in the United States, with few exceptions. There are many ways to get a green card. A person can be sponsored by a family member or an employer. Also, a person may become a permanent resident through refugee or asylee status.
A green card is valid for readmission to the United States for up to one year of abscence. If your trip will last longer than 1 year, consult our office before you leave the United States.
Many people get a green card through family members. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may petition for certain relatives to become residents. You may be eligible to get a green card through a family member who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
There are two processes to get your green card. If you are already in the United States may qualify for adjustment of status to permanent residence. This means you can complete the process without having to return to your country of origin.
People outside the United States or those who are not eligible to adjust status in the United States may be eligible for consular processing through a U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information about these processes make an appointment with our office.
Current green cards are valid for 10 years, or 2 years in the case of a conditional resident. We can help you to renew your green card or change from conditional to permanent status.
People become permanent residents through a job or job offer. In other cases, highly skilled workers, those with extraordinary ability in certain professions, and investors are given priority to immigrate through several immigrant categories.
The steps to become a permanent resident are different for each category. For more information and an evaluation of your case, make an appointment with our office.
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