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What is a US Green Card?

People who want to live permanently in the United States, or those who eventually want to be naturalized as citizens there, will need to get a Green Card.

However, there is a lot of misinformation out there about what a Green Card is or how to get one. Here’s what people need to know before they begin the process of applying for one.

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A Green Card is Essential For Permanent Residents in the US

Basically, having a Green Card means that a person has the right to live permanently in the United States of America. However, the card may require periodical renewal, even if permanent residence is granted.

The Green Card also allows people to legally work in the United States, and offers them protection under the country’s laws.

In return, it requires people to file and (if relevant) pay their yearly income tax, obey the laws, support the government, and register for the draft if they are male and between 18 and 25 years old.

The Green Card is also required for people who want to become naturalized citizens of the USA. People must hold a Green Card for 5 years, be over the age of 18, and meet a number of other requirements to be eligible for citizenship.

How to Get a US Green Card

First, individuals need to make sure that they are eligible for a US Green Card. Many categories of people are eligible, including family members of citizens, those seeking refugee or asylum in the US, and more.

Every individual who applies should make sure they are eligible for a Green Card before they go through the process. If they are unsure, they should contact a legal expert who can help them figure out their status.

Eligible applicants should fill out the relevant paperwork. The exact nature of the paperwork required will depend on the applicant’s category of eligibility.

In general, people who are applying for a Green Card from inside the United States will need to seek an Adjustment of Status. Those applying from outside the country will need to seek Consular Processing for their Green Card.

After that, most people will need to submit biometric data before their application can be processed. This is an official appointment where they have a photo taken, submit their fingerprints, and offer their signature.

Finally, applicants for a US Green Card will need to undergo an official interview. They may be asked to bring more documentation to that interview.

In general, the Green Card interview will give the applicant a chance to articulate why they want to enter the United States and state what they plan to do once they are there.

After the interview, the application will be processed. Once it has been approved or denied, the applicant will receive notice of their official status and, if approved, receive their Green Card.

Travelers who seek Green Card status in the United States can start their application process. Once they determine that they are eligible, they can begin preparing their documents and get ready for their interview.

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