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:

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    Acceptable to enter the United States.
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    Possess immigrant visa as soon as accessible.
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    Own a justifying immigration petition recorded and appropriate for you.
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    Qualified in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for their immigrant categories.
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Immigrant Category Eligibility

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    Work or any job offering
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    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:  
    1. 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.
    2. Experienced or proficient workers who have obtained a bachelor's degree, and those who have at least 2 years experience and training.
    3. Expert workers with advanced or higher degrees who obtains a sophisticated degree in their career.
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    Family sourced
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    Individuals may be eligible for a green card through their family like:  
    1. US citizen parents.
    2. A US citizen spouse.
    3. A US citizen under 21 years old, unmarried.
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    Refugee or asylum status
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    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.
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Steps for Applying

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    You should present a green card application online through the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form
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    You cannot submit the application by mail or post.
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    Only one application per person is allowed
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    If you have submitted more than one application, it will be excluded.
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    The Us Department will be sending you a confirmation notice electronically to you or your spokesperson when your application is received.
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    You should submit the latest picture of your family members together with your children under 21 years old and your spouse.
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    Then you too can submit a picture.
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Things That You Need to Prepare Yourself For When Applying for a Green Card

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    Keep in mind that this takes a long process to do
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    Just like any government procedure, you cannot expect to get results overnight. Everyone wants to get their green card the soonest possible time, whatever reason they may have. The government is aware of this and it does not mean that the government is just trying to make things difficult for you. However, there is a certain process that must be followed in order to make it fair for everyone lining up as well. The usual time to wait is not less than 3 months and it can even take years for some people. Therefore, before you even begin this process, make sure that you are aware and ready for this kind of wait.
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    Submit required documents, without any exception
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    Just like any government paperwork that you need to do, this will involve several documents that you need to comply with. Since there are times that you have to prove your relationship to the petitioner, you may have to even provide some personal documents that will help establish that point. Failure to comply in the submission of these types of documents will usually hinder in getting approved. They would need these to be able to assess your case better.
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    Attend the interviews and other appointments on time
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    As the application for a green card takes several steps, whenever you are called for an interview or any appointment, make sure you are able to comply. In case you miss them without proper notice, it may become more difficult for you to get another appointment and that will prolong the waiting time. If there are emergencies and you really can't make it, make sure that they are properly informed so they can assist you. Do not just disappear at the time of the appointment without communicating to them.
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    Get the assistance of a lawyer
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    If you really need to be very sure about the process and you are clueless right now, the best option is to get a lawyer to help you through the process. He will be able to give you an advice on the next steps as well as the documents that you need to prepare.
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