WHAT IS A GREEN CARD?
A green card, officially known as a Permanent Resident card, allows an individual to legally reside and work anywhere inside the United States. A green card is typically good for 10 years. You can be eligible for a green card in a number of ways, including through family, employment, refugee or asylee status, and more. Learn more about how to get your United States green card from the immigration law professionals at Zohar Law.
WHAT IS A LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT?
A lawful permanent resident is a foreign national who holds a permanent resident card, commonly known as a green card. This individual is authorized to live and work anywhere within the United States.
WHAT IS A CONDITIONAL PERMANENT RESIDENT?
A conditional permanent resident holds a green card very similar to a lawful permanent resident except that theirs must be renewed every two years. The most common condition on a green card is that a foreign national has been married to a United States citizen for less than two years. After they have passed the two-year mark, they can apply to have their conditions removed.
CAN I WORK IN THE U.S. WHILE WAITING FOR MY GREEN CARD?
If an individual already has a valid United States work visa, then working in America while awaiting their green card is allowed. However, if the individual does not have a visa, they will be required to wait until they have received their permanent resident card to begin working.
WHAT IS THE VISA BULLETIN?
There is a cap on the number of green cards that can be issued each year in certain categories, so the Visa Bulletin is issued every month by the U.S. Department of State. It lists which applicants can move forward with the green card process. Applicants are typically chosen in order of when their I-130 petition is submitted.
LEARN MORE ABOUT IMMIGRATION LAW AND GREEN CARDS
If you have any further questions about immigration law or green cards, the experienced immigration law team at Zohar Law can help. We can assist you with immigration law cases of any kind, whether you are applying for a family-based green card, asylum, or need help with deportation proceedings. Contact us today for a free immigration law consultation.
Check out our blog post, “Immigration Law and Green Card FAQs Part 2,” to learn more!