Everything You Need to Know About Green Cards

If you are planning to obtain or replace a Green Card, otherwise known as a Permanent Resident Card, our top immigration attorneys are here to help you. Our reliable and dedicated immigration attorneys will advocate for your rights and help obtain a Green Card so that you can immigrate to or remain in the United States.

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  • What is a Green Card?

  • Types of Green Cards?

  • How to Obtain a Green Card

  • How To Replace Your Green Card

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card , also known as a Permanent Resident Card, allows someone to permanently live and work in the United States.

Although a Green Card is not the same as obtaining United States citizenship, a Green Card holder can apply for citizenship after 3 to 5 years.

Types of Green Cards?

Family Green Card

Immediate family members of current U.S. citizens or Green Card holders are eligible to apply for a family-based green card . The relationships that apply to this category include:

  • Immediate family members such as spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of those who are over the age of 21

  • One can also obtain a Green Card if they are the fiance of a U.S. citizen or the child of a fiance of a U.S. citizen.

  • A widow or widower of a U.S. citizen

  • A victim of violence or battery who is a child, spouse, or parents of a U.S. citizen

Employment Green Card

One can gain a Green Card through their employment if they are an immigrant worker falling under one of the following categories:

One can also obtain a green card for employment purposes if they are a physician who plans to work in underserved communities or a foreign investor who aims to invest in commercial ventures in the United States.

Humanitarian Green Card

Green Card through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

A Diversity Immigrant Visa is issued to citizens of other countries who have low immigration rates to the United States.

The purpose of this program is to increase the diversity of immigrants coming to the United States and is done by lottery (“the green card lottery”), providing Green Cards to approximately 50,000 people from nations across the globe.

Long-time Resident Green Card

One can also obtain a Green Card if they have lived in the United States, either legally or illegally, since January 1, 1972.

To get a Green Card this way, one must go through a process called “registry” and must be eligible, meaning they have not left the United States since they came, and they have not committed any crimes while living in the United States.

How to Obtain a Green Card

The first step in obtaining a Green Card is being sponsored. This means someone must file an immigrant petition on your behalf from inside the United States. Depending on the case, you may file one yourself.

Second, you must fill out a Green Card application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or you must submit a visa application to the U.S. Department of State. If you are already located in the United States, you can file an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, also referred to as Form I-485.

Third, you must go to a “biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photos, and a signature,” as explained by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services website.

The final step to obtaining a Green Card is going to an interview, after which your application for a Green Card will either be accepted or denied.

How To Replace Your Green Card

There are multiple reasons that one might need to replace their Green Card, some of them include:

For a full list of circumstances in which one would need to replace their Green Card, please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Once it is determined that a Green Card needs replacement, the applicant must fill out the Form I-90, or the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, either by mail or online.

If the application to replace the Green Card gets denied, an appeal may be filed for reconsideration. This often requires an understanding of immigration law and must state why the law was unjustly applied to the case.

Contact LA Attorneys Today!

Obtaining a Green Card can become a complicated process and requires specific steps for the process to go smoothly. It is important to understand the complex documentation and the steps you must follow.

If you have any further questions regarding Green Cards or are planning to obtain a Green Card in the near future, contact LA Attorneys today for guidance.