What is a Green Card?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Legal Issues | 0 comments

One of the terms most frequently used in immigration debates is the “green card.” This is a colloquial term which refers to the identification card demonstrating that an individual has achieved lawful permanent resident status in the United States. The United States Permanent Resident Card, or USCIS Form I-551, grants an immigrant the right to live and work in the country permanently.

Obtaining a green card is an essential part of the process of eventually becoming a naturalized United States citizen. A green card holder must first live and work in the country for a set number of years before becoming eligible to undergo the naturalization process.

Green cards can be obtained in a number of different ways. The most common method is to apply directly to the USCIS, which may grant a potential immigrant’s request based on a number of different factors, including availability of job positions or family members currently residing in the country. Another common method for obtaining a green card is through the lottery, known as the Diversity Visa program, which annually distributes approximately 50,000 green cards to randomly selected applicants throughout the world. Individuals who claim these cards can then lawfully enter and live in the United States. If you are looking to obtain a green card, contact the green card lawyers of William Jang, PLLC, today.

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