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visa, green card, citizenship A Green Card (Permanent Resident Card):

  • Gives you official immigration status in the United States
  • Entitles you to certain rights and responsibilities
  • It is required if you wish to naturalize as a U.S. Citizen
You may be eligible to apply for a Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) through your family, a job offer or employment, refugee or asylum status, or a number of other special provisions. In some cases, you may even be able to self-petition.

In general, to meet the requirements for permanent residence in the United States, you must:
  • Be eligible for one of the immigrant categories established in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA),
  • Have a qualifying immigrant petition filed and approved for you (with a few exceptions),
  • Have an immigrant visa immediately available, and
  • Be admissible to the United States.

Most people who apply for a Green Card will need an immigrant petition (Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, or another petition) filed on their behalf.

Once approved, if the individual is in the U.S. in a valid status and a visa number is currently available, he or she can apply for a green card, which may require an in-person interview.

If a visa number is not available, the individual must wait until his or her priority date becomes current before filing the green card application.

If the individual is outside of the U.S. or unable to adjust status while inside the U.S., he or she may apply for an immigrant visa through consular processing. After the immigrant petition is approved, the National Visa Center will be contacted to begin processing. Once an immigrant visa is available, the individual will be scheduled for an in-person interview at the respective U.S. Consulate/Embassy abroad. If approved, the individual will receive his or her green card after entry into the U.S.
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