In common use a Green Card has a more formal name- United States Permanent Resident Card. It allows the person holding the card to live and work in the country without any worry or fear of deportation by removal. It doesn’t allow the person to become a citizen of the country. You may keep this status for the rest of your life as long as you don’t abandon your residence by staying outside the U. S. for too long or act in a way that makes you subject to deportation. By obtaining permanent resident status, the person may also obtain the ability to travel in and out of the country for limited amounts of time.
While holding a green card the person may petition for relatives (spouse and children) to obtain a green card as well. This process isn’t an easy one, but situations like family relations, employment and asylum can possibly help. If this is what you want to do, it is important that you contact our office as soon as possible since this process can take time.
Most people living in the U. S. are eligible to change their status to permanent residence without leaving. In the event you have ever violated your lawful immigration status, you may be able to adjust you status if:
1. Are an “immediate relative” of a U. S. citizen (parent, spouse or child)
2. Qualify for benefits under section 245(i) and pay an appropriate fine
3. Qualify for benefits under section 245(k) as an employment-based immigrant
4. Qualify under section 209 if you are an asylee or refugee
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