Apply for a Green Card
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A green card is a document or authorization allowing an individual to stay and work for good in America. A green card is also known as a permanent resident card, which is granted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Applying for a green card is simple and easy as long as you have the proper documents. The green card functions as evidence that its bearer, a lawful permanent resident, was formally and legitimately given immigration assistance.
Those who are 18 years old and above should carry their green cards with them at all times. Failing to have their cards would be a violation, and there will be a $100 fine and/or imprisonment for 30 days for every offense.
Determine Whether You're Eligible Applying for a Green Card
You are eligible applying for a green card through some categories like your work or any job offering, through your family, refugee or asylum status, or other special necessities. Overall, to meet the requirements for a green card in America, you must be:
- 1Acceptable to enter the United States.Advertisement
- 2Possess immigrant visa as soon as accessible.Advertisement
- 3Own a justifying immigration petition recorded and appropriate for you.
- 4Qualified in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for their immigrant categories.
Immigrant Category Eligibility
- 1Work or any job offering.Individuals who wish to become immigrants based on their work or job offering may be valid for a green card. For occupation or employment, there are classifications listed in order of fondness:Advertisement
- Skilled workers who are exceptional professors/instructors and investigator/researchers, or who have astonishing skills in arts, sciences, business, education, etc., and international directors/management.
- Experienced or proficient workers who have obtained a bachelor's degree, and those who have at least 2 years experience and training.
- Expert workers with advanced or higher degrees who obtains a sophisticated degree in their career.
- 2Family sourced.Individuals may be eligible for a green card through their family like:
- US citizen parents.
- A US citizen spouse.
- A US citizen under 21 years old, unmarried.
- 3Refugee or asylum status.If you're acknowledged by the US as a refugee, you must apply for a green card after one year of your entry in the US. If you're given asylum, you can apply for a green card after one year of the bestowing of your asylum status.
Steps for Applying
- 1You should present a green card application online through the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form.You cannot submit the application by mail or post.Advertisement
- 2Only one application per person is allowed.If you have submitted more than one application, it will be excluded.
- 3The Us Department will be sending you a confirmation notice electronically to you or your spokesperson when your application is received.
- 4You should submit the latest picture of your family members together with your children under 21 years old and your spouse.
- 5Then you too can submit a picture.Advertisement
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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