If you are interested in residing in the United States permanently, then you need to know about the United States Green Card.
What is the United States Green Card?
- It is proof that the holder, a lawful permanent resident, has been officially granted immigration benefits by the United States Government.
- Permission to reside in any United States territory permanently.
- Permission to take employment in the United States.
How do I obtain the United States Green Card?
There are 2 most common ways to obtain the United States Green Card:
- Through Family Based Immigration or,
- Through Employment Based Immigration.
Family Based Immigration, Petitions or Family Sponsorship
You are eligible for obtaining the United States Green Card using this method if:
- You have relatives in the United States who are United States Citizens or they are Green Card holders.
- You may also have some family members who are eligible to sponsor or even petition for a your Green Card.
Employment Based Immigration and Petitions
- In this case, you may have a United States based employer who would like to petition for you to become a permanent United States Citizen.
- For most applicants, they are already situated in the United States and are on work Visa such as an L -1 Visa or H- 1B Visa.
- You are required to fill an I - 140 application to the service center in the jurisdiction of place of employment.
Important Information for the United States Green Card holders
- Once you receive your Green Card, ALWAYS carry it with you at all times for identification purposes.
- Your Green Card is valid for 10 years even though your permanent residence status continues.
- Renew it before this time expires.
How can your Green Card Immigration Status be Revoked?
If you are convicted of:
- Terrorist activities
- Sexual assault
- Drug or Gun trafficking