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Authorization to permanently live and work in the U.S., known as a green card, is a document that grants the individual lawful permanent resident status. Lawful permanent residents are not full citizens, but they do have permission to remain in the United States indefinitely.


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Authorization to Live in the U.S.

Lawful permanent residents gain the ability to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis. There are several paths to acquiring lawful permanent resident status and there are also some ways to lose permanent residency.

Acquiring a Green Card

There are four main paths to acquiring a green card: family, employment, good luck, and bad luck. The family route is a tiered system allowing the immediate family of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to enter and stay in the United States. The employment route allows an immigrant to be sponsored by their employer.

The good luck route refers to the diversity lottery. The diversity lottery allows immigrants from countries with historically low immigration rates to come to the United States. The bad luck route refers to the process of seeking asylum. Asylum seekers have left their country due to a risk of persecution, torture, or death for some unchangeable quality.

Losing a Green Card

Being a lawful permanent resident is a privilege that can be revoked if the holder commits certain violations. Some infractions are foundational, such as lying about some inconvenient fact or another in order to obtain the green card. Additionally, committing a criminal act can also result in the revocation of lawful permanent resident status. There are also certain requirements that must be maintained such as a residency requirement. A lawful permanent resident who leaves the us for 180 days or longer may be seen as abandoning their lawful permanent resident status.

Fighting For Your Right to Stay

If you are seeking a green card to stay in the United States, you will need the help of an experienced immigration attorney. Using their years of experience, trial tactics, and expertise in U.S. immigration law, your immigration law attorney will be able to represent your case in the best possible way to give you the best chance to stay in the United States.

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Green Cards Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a green card?

A permanent resident card, colloquially known as a green card, is a document that demonstrates an immigrant’s status as a lawful permanent resident. A green card authorizes the holder to live and work permanently in the United States.

2. How can I get a green card?

There are four main paths to lawful permanent resident status: family, employment, the diversity lottery, and asylum. The family route allows an immediate relative of a lawful permanent resident or citizen to gain lawful permanent residency. The employment route allows an employer to sponsor an immigrant for lawful permanent resident status. Both the family route and the employment route have a tiered priority system that restricts who gets a green card and when. 

The diversity lottery randomly allows certain immigrants from countries with historically low immigration rates to the U.S. to begin the lawful permanent residency process. Finally, the asylum process allows individuals who have a legitimate fear of persecution or torture in their home country to enter the U.S. as refugees and become lawful permanent residents.

3. How Can I renew a green card?

A green card can be renewed either online or on paper. The U.S. Center for Immigration Services has an online portal that allows lawful permanent residents to use their USCIS account to pay fees and request a new green card digitally. Alternatively, individuals can fill out  Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card and manually submit the filing fee and any required evidence.

4. How long does it take to get a green card?

According to the USCIS, the processing time for a green card application is around 18 months. Depending on how busy the agency is, this may be longer or shorter.

5. How much does a green card cost?

Depending on the exact method of acquiring a green card the associated application and processing fees can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Some fees will also be required for sponsors or individuals writing an affidavit of support.

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