Immigration law can be complicated and have many different considerations, categories, and things to consider. Though this information is readily available on many government websites, often people feel more comfortable talking to an immigration attorney. One of the categories that people have many questions about is green card. In this blog, we will talk a little about green cards, what they mean and how to obtain one.
What is a Green Card?
What is officially known as a Permanent Resident Card (nicknamed the “green card” because of the color it was associated with) allows the holder of this card to live and work permanently in the United States. Someone who holds a Green Card is not a citizen of the United States, but that person is legally present.
Green Cards can be revoked upon conviction of certain crimes and if some other factors exist.
How does someone get a Green Card?
There is not a “one size fits all” method of getting a Green Card. The steps that an individual must take to even apply for a Green Card will vary depending on that individual’s specific facts and circumstances. There is an application that must be filled out to exact specifications, and several supporting documents that must be sent it. Additionally, there may be a requirement for the applicant to be interviewed.
Eligibility requirements for a Green Card
In order to apply for a Green Card, one must be eligible under one of the categories recognized by the United States Government. Once an individual finds one of the categories that meet their particular situation, they must then look up the eligibility requirements for that category.
Green Card eligibility categories
Below is a list of the some of the eligibility categories through which someone can obtain a Green Card. This list is not exhaustive but gives a good overview of most situations:
- Green Card through family
- Green Card through employment
- Green Card as a special immigrant
- Green Card through refugee or asylum status
- Green Card for victims of abuse
- Green Card through registry
For many people getting a Green Card is the first step to a path for full citizenship, therefore it is a very important topic in immigration law. However, like most other topics in immigration law it can be very complicated and require expert advice.
At Gilles, Law we handle a wide variety of immigration matters including Green Card applications Contact us to set up a consultation to determine whether you or a loved one would be eligible for a Green Card.