U.S. Permanent Residence - How To Get a Green Card

If you are interested in moving permanently to the U.S., read the information we have provided below to learn more about how you can get a Green Card. Then, fill out our immigration assessment form and we’ll get back to you to discuss your eligibility and options.

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USCIS Offices are now open to the public.

  • All permanent resident/green card applications are still being accepted and processed, although this process is taking longer than usual due to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Do not travel if you are sick, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Do not travel with someone who is sick.
  • Stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from international travel.

  • Do not go to work or school for a full 14 days.

  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares for a full 14 days.

For more updates on the Coronavirus, visit our page on how the Coronavirus will affect U.S. immigration.

Green Card Applicants are now required to be fully vaccinated to get a US Green Card, starting October 1st, 2021. 

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What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is proof that its holder, a lawful permanent resident, has been officially granted immigration benefits, including permission to reside and take employment in the United States.

How Do I Get a Green Card?

There are a few different ways for applying for U.S. permanent residence, where you would obtain what is known as a Green Card. The most common way to get a Green Card would be through one of two methods:

Family-Based Immigration

Employment-Based Immigration

How Do I Know If I'm Eligible for a Green Card Through Family-Based Immigration?

You may be eligible to apply for a U.S. Green Card using a family-based petition for having relatives living in the U.S. as U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders. Certain family members may be eligible to sponsor or petition you for a Green Card.

How Do I Know If I'm Eligible for A Green Card Through Employment-Based Immigration?

You may have a U.S. employer who is willing to petition for you to become a permanent resident of the States. In this case, most applicants are already in the U.S. on a valid U.S. work visa such as an L-1 visa or an H-1B visa.

These Green Card applications are called employment-based petitions and usually involve filling an I-140 application to the Service Centre located in the jurisdiction of the place of employment.

Should I Look For Assistance in Applying for a Green Card?

Attempting to get a Green Card is a crucial process. Any slight mistake could result in a failed attempt. Immigration Lawyers have helped thousands of individuals to successfully get U.S. permanent residence.

Green Card Processing Time

You can expect the processing time for permanent residence to be more lengthy than most other visas. According to USCIS, an application for permanent residence (Form I-485) will take anywhere from 6 months to 33 months to process. Visit our page on US Visa Processing Times for 2021 to learn more.

How to Become a U.S. Permanent Resident

There are a few different ways for applying for U.S. permanent residence, where you would obtain what is known as a Green Card. The most common way to get a Green Card would be through one of two methods:

Seeking refuge is also a way someone may be able to receive permanent residence in the United States. You may be eligible for a green card if the government granted you asylum due to life threatening circumstances in your home country. Individuals granted asylum can apply for a green card after one year of residence in the U.S.

Long-time resident non-citizens may escape deportation proceedings and apply for a green card if they can prove their removal from the country would cause severe hardship to another U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Most common way to get a Green Card:

Once you receive your green card, carry it with you at all times for identification purposes. While permanent resident status continues as long as you live in the U.S., your green card is valid for 10 years. You are required to renew it before the expiration date.

Immigration and Naturalization (INS) can revoke your green card if you are convicted of crimes including murder, terrorist activities, sexual assault, drug/gun trafficking, theft, and fraud.

Your card can also be revoked if you fail to maintain valid residency in the U.S. If you travel abroad for extended periods, be careful to maintain evidence that the U.S. is your home base. Filing tax returns, owing property, or having U.S. bank accounts are good proofs of residency. If your green card is revoked by an INS agent, you have the right to be heard before an immigration judge.

Permanent residents who will be out of the country longer than 6 months should apply for a Travel Document (Form I-131). This permit will allow re-entry into the U.S. If you will be out of the country for over 2 years or after the expiration of your green card or re-entry permit, apply for a special immigrant visa (SB-1) at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

If you are one of the many people in the world looking to become an American citizen, a green card will be your best friend. Understanding what this card can do and how to obtain one is your first step towards becoming either a new American or a new American worker.

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Green Card Eligibility Categories

There are several categories that people can qualify for to become a Permanent Resident of the United States.

Green Card as a Special Immigrant

Green Card through Refugee or Asylee Status

Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims

Green Card for Victims of Abuse

Green Card through Other Categories

Green Card through Registry

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When you are applying for a US Green Card you will need to go through an interview. This interview will have a series of questions that you will be assessed on. You must pass the Green Card Interview to qualify to become a Permanent Resident. 

Watch this video to learn more tips on how to pass your Green Card Interview. 

Read this article on Preparing Yourself for Your Green Card Interview

How to Renew a Green Card

You can file Form I-90 with the USCIS to renew your Green Card.

The average Green Card is good for ten years, although some may only be valid for two. These two-year Green Cards are conditional Green Cards that must be converted to a 10-year Green Card at some point. The term for this procedure is “removal of conditions on residency.”

Permanent residents receive a 10-year Green Card as confirmation of their immigration status. As a result, it must be renewed every 10 years. Because keeping track of such a lengthy period of time can be challenging, utilize our green card expiration reminder service to be alerted when it’s time to renew your green card.

Depending on your immigration status, the filing process may change. If you live in the United States, the procedure is simple. If you are not in the United States, the procedure may differ.

Why Legal Help for Green Card Applications is Important

U.S. permanent residence is a much sought-after status. If you have the opportunity to apply for a Green Card, you should take advantage of legal services so that you can reach your potential. If you already have ingredients like a family member that is a U.S. citizen, or an employer that is willing to petition for you to immigration permanently, you still need to present an application package that will convince immigration officers of your worth.

There is a lot of work behind the scenes of immigration cases, and a legal expert will know what needs to be done to ensure that an applicant has put their best foot forward.

Why Hire Us to Help You Get U.S. Permanent Residence?

Attempting to get a Green Card is a crucial process. Any slight misstep could result in a failed attempt, after all of the effort you went through will unfulfilled. We have helped thousands of individuals to successfully get U.S. permanent residence through family-based petitions, and we can help you too!

The first step towards a successful Green Card application is getting an assessment of your case. Call us today at 1.866.449.5904 or fill out our immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and options.