7 Frequently Asked Questions about a Green Card

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The complicated steps needed to get a Green Card can be stressful. As immigration lawyers, we frequently get questions from our clients, and we want to ensure you have all the information you need.

7 Frequently Asked Questions about a Green Card

Here are answers to a few of the commonly asked questions about Green Cards.

  1. What does a Green Card do? A Green Card is a form of identification showing someone legally living in the United States as a permanent resident. It lets the owner live and work in the U.S. forever.
  2. How do I get a Green Card? You can get a Green Card in several ways, such as through family support, work, being a refugee or asylum seeker, or other unusual circumstances.
  3. How long does it take to get one? How long it takes to process depends on the type of Green Card and the applicant’s home country. It could be anywhere from a few months to a few years.
  4. With a Green Card, can I work in the U.S.? Those with a Green Card can work in the United States in any officially recognized job.
  5. Can I go outside of the U.S. with a Green Card? People with a Green Card can travel outside of the U.S. There are some travel limits, and you should ensure that your absence won’t be seen as giving up your residency.
  6. How do I make sure my Green Card stays valid? To keep your status, you can’t do anything that would make you deportable under immigration law, and you can’t give up your residency in the United States.
  7. Can I become a citizen of the United States? Yes, you can apply for U.S. citizenship after having a Green Card for a certain time, usually five years.

The immigration system is complex and confusing, but knowing the Green Card basics can help you feel more in control. We are committed to giving our clients the knowledge and help they need to go through these processes confidently. Someone on our team is always ready to help you and answer any questions you have.