Permanent Residency

Permanent Residency Is Something Millions Of Immigrants Struggle With

This portion of the website introduces the topic of U.S. lawful permanent residence, otherwise known as having a green card.  People all over the world have herd of green cards.  It is the unofficial term for the Alien Registration Card, which years ago were green in color.

A lot of people mistakenly believe the green cards are nothing more than work permits.  While a green card does give you the right to work legally in the U.S. where and when you wish, that is just one of its features, Identifying the holder as a permanent resident of the U.S. is its main function.

Don’t bother applying for a green card if actually living in the U.S. is not your goal.  When you have a green card, you are required to make the U.S. your permanent home.  If you don’t, you risk losing your card.  This does not mean your ability to travel as you choose in an important benefit of a green card.   However, no matter how much you travel, your permanent home must be in the U.S., or your card will be revoked.  It’s wise not to spend more than six months at a time outside the United States.

All green cards issued since 1989 carry expiration dates of ten years from the date of issue.  This does not mean that the residency itself expires in ten years, just that the card must be replaced.

Refugees and Asylees

Every year, many people seek asylum in the U.S. or try to get green cards as refugees.  The two are often thought of as the same category, but there are some technical differences.  A refugee receives permission to come to the U.S. in refugee status before actually arriving.  Asylum is granted only after someone has physically entered the U.S., usually either as a non immigrant or an undocumented alien and then submitted an application.

The qualifications for refugee status and asylum are similar.  You must have either been persecuted or fear future persecution in your home country on account of your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.  If you are only fleeing poverty or general violence, you do not qualify in either category.  Both refugees and Asylee’s can apply for green cards one year after their approval or entry in to the U.S.

You Need To Prepare For All Aspects Of The Permanent Residency Process

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