Getting a Green Card through Registry

By Ella Bergquist November 3, 2021 1 min. read
Green Card through Registry

You may be eligible to register for a Green Card if you have resided continuously in the U.S. since before January 1, 1972. Current immigration law includes a provision known as “registry”, which permits some non-citizens who have lived in the United States for a long time but are either illegal or in the country on a temporary visa to “register” for Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status.

Eligibility Requirements for Registry

A U.S. petitioner, medical test, or financial affidavit of support are not required for Registry applicants. An individual without a record of lawful entry for permanent residence is eligible for registry under current legislation if they fit the following criteria:

Required Documents for Green Card Registry

You should submit the following evidence with your Form I-485:

Note: An individual applying under the registry provisions is not required to undergo a medical exam.

Can Undocumented Immigrants Get a Green Card?

Yes! The immigration registration procedure has been in existence for more than a century, and it represents our country’s historical sense of justice in allowing long-term illegal immigrants the opportunity to transition to legal status.

Fiscal YearsNumber of Immigrants Adjusted Through Registry
1985 – 198958,914
1990 – 19949862
1995 – 19991,368
2000 – 20041,214
2005 – 20091,105
2010 – 2014606
2015 – 2019305