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Green Card 101


A permanent resident card, also known as a green card, allows foreign nationals to live and work in the United States permanently. Get the facts on how to qualify and apply for a green card.

Green Card Eligibility

Those who wish to apply for a green card must meet certain eligibility criteria. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website for more details on each of the following categories.

  • Green card through family

  • Green card through employment

  • Green card as a special immigrant

  • Green card through refugee or asylee status

  • Green card for human trafficking and crime victims

  • Green card for victims of abuse

Green Card Application Process

In order to apply for a green card, the following steps must be completed:

  • A U.S. citizen must file an immigration petition for the foreign national.

  • After USCIS approves the petition, the foreign national will file a green card application.

  • The foreign national will attend a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photos, and a signature.

  • The foreign national will attend an interview.

  • The foreign national will receive a decision on their green card application.

Rights and Responsibilities of a Lawful Permanent Resident

A green card holder, or lawful permanent resident, has the right to:

  • Live permanently in the United States provided they do not commit any actions that would make them removable under U.S. immigration law.

  • Work in the U.S. at any legal work of their choosing.

  • Be protected by all laws of the United States.

Seeking a Green Card? Contact Us Today

A green card is many immigrants’ first step on their journey toward full United States citizenship. If you are interested in acquiring a green card for yourself or for someone you love, our immigration lawyers at Akula & Associates are prepared to assist you.

Contact us today at (844) 299-5003 to learn how we can help you.

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