Green Card Applications: 3 Common Misconceptions

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“Green card” is a term everyone knows in the U.S., but not everyone is entirely familiar with what a green card is for or how applications work. Here at Barbarin Law Group PC, we believe it is extremely important for immigrants to be informed about green card applications so that they can make the best decisions for themselves, after being fully advised by an immigration lawyer.

Green Card Applications: 3 Common Misconceptions

In this article, we would like to briefly address some common misconceptions about green card applications and green cards in general.

  • Myth: Green card applications are only for new immigrants. When most people think of green card applications, they think of applicants who are new to the U.S. The truth is that green card applications are available to those who have been in the U.S. for several years on other visa types and who have now met the requirements for permanent residency.
  • Myth: Green cards are a direct pathway to citizenship. Green cards are an important step for many immigrants, but there is no guarantee of citizenship further down the line. In addition to being a permanent resident for 5 years, people seeking citizenship must pass the naturalization tests and demonstrate good moral character. You should have your case evaluated by an experienced immigration lawyer before you apply to naturalize.
  • Myth: Green cards remain valid indefinitely. Green cards can and do expire. Most are valid for 10 years, but it’s important to meet certain requirements to maintain continuous residency in the U.S. For example, a green card holder should not establish a permanent residence outside of the U.S. and should always notify the USCIS of a change in address.

To learn more about green card applications or to complete yours with the help of an immigration attorney, contact us at Barbarin Law Group PC.