Green Card FAQ’s

Posted May 20th, 2011. Filed under FAQ's Green Card Advice

green card adviceBelow are answers to common questions from people related to a US Green Card

“I’ve heard of it but what really is a Green Card?”

Green card is basically your pass to live and work in the United States of America. It is also called Permanent Resident Card.  Once you have a Green Card, you can freely work in the USA and enjoy the rights that Native Americans enjoy.  A Green card gives you a permanent U.S resident status but it doesn’t mean you will become a U.S citizen so you can still retain your nationality.  Yet, if you like, you can apply for citizenship after having a Green card for a number of years.

“Why should I get a Green Card?”

There are many reasons why you may want to get a Green Card.  Since it gives you the right to live and work like an American citizen, you can freely work, study, and whatever things that Americans can legally do in their country.  Having a Green card is also an advantage to many business enthusiasts as it allows them to put up a business or expand their business without ay fuss.

“Am I qualified to get a Green Card?”

You can apply for a Green card if you are eligible under one of immigrant categories as provided by Immigration Nationality Act (INA); you have an immigrant visa readily available; have an approved petition immigrant (if you have a relative who petitioned you) and; admissible to the United States.

“Great, now how do I get a Green Card?”

There are 5 different ways on how you can acquire a Green card: Green card through employment-based green card referred to a eb1, eb2, and eb3 categories; Green card lottery; Green card through asylum and refugee status; and Green card through investment.

“How long does it take to get a Green Card?”

Just like any documents and paperwork, especially when you want to work abroad, Green card application process may take sometime.  It actually depends on the personal circumstances of applicants.  The Green card process begins from filing to acquiring your resident status, it may take a couple of years plus the other hassles and delay when filing and submitting requirements.  Don’t lose hope.  If your application runs smoothly, you can get your card within 3 to 6 months.

“Does Green card expires?”

Yes it does.  Once you get a Green card, you are entitled to be a US resident for 10 years.  After which, you would have to revalidate or renew your card to enjoy your privileges.