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Green Card FAQs

Who is Eligible for a Green Card?

Eligibility for a Green Card is determined by several factors. You may qualify if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Special class individuals recognized by the US Government.
  • Winners of the diversity visa lottery.
  • Previous refugees granted asylum due to persecution in the homeland.
  • Sponsorship by a US-based employer.
  • Sponsorship by a relative who is a lawful permanent resident or citizen of the US.

How Long Does it Take to Receive a Green Card?

The length of time it takes to receive a Green Card varies greatly and depends on the category you fall under. The waiting times are divided into preference categories:

  1. First preference: adults aged 21 years or older, unmarried sons/daughters of US citizens.
  2. Second preference: unmarried children of lawful permanent residents, spouses, and unmarried sons/daughters of the same.
  3. Third preference: married daughters and sons of US citizens.
  4. Fourth preference: sisters and brothers of adult US citizens.

How Do I Apply for a Green Card?

To apply for a Green Card, follow these steps:

  1. Determine your eligibility.
  2. File an immigrant petition.
  3. Wait for the petition to be approved.
  4. Obtain an immigrant visa number.
  5. Adjust your status if you are already in the United States or go through consular processing if you are outside the United States.
  6. Attend a biometrics appointment.
  7. Attend a Green Card interview.
  8. Receive a decision on your application.

How Much Does it Cost to Apply for a Green Card?

The cost of applying for a Green Card varies depending on your specific circumstances. The fees typically include filing fees, biometrics fees, and any additional fees associated with the application. For the most up-to-date fee information, consult with an immigration attorney or visit the official USCIS website.

Can I Work and Live Anywhere in the US with a Green Card?

Yes, with a Green Card, you have the right to live and work legally anywhere in the United States. After holding a Green Card for three to five years, you can also begin the process of qualifying for citizenship. Keep in mind that certain jobs may require additional authorization or security clearance, but overall, a Green Card grants you the freedom to work and live in the US.

What Happens if My Green Card Expires?

If your Green Card expires, you are still considered a lawful permanent resident. However, it is important to renew your Green Card as soon as possible to avoid any complications or issues with travel or employment. To renew your Green Card, you will need to file Form I-90 and pay the filing fee.

Can I Lose My Green Card?

Green Cards can be lost in a few different ways:

  • Committing certain crimes that lead to deportation.
  • Residing outside of the United States for an extended period of time without obtaining a re-entry permit.
  • Failing to disclose information or commit fraud during the Green Card application process.

If you believe you may lose your Green Card for any reason, it is important to consult with an immigration attorney as soon as possible. They can help assess your situation and provide guidance on how to maintain your status as a lawful permanent resident. Overall, maintaining compliance with US immigration laws and regulations is crucial for keeping your Green Card. So, make sure to stay informed regarding any changes or updates that may affect your status. 

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