A green card is given to someone who receives authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis and therefore becomes a permanent resident. You can become a permanent resident and receive a green card through various methods. The most common ways to obtain a green card are through a job, family, or through refugee or asylum status. The steps to become a permanent resident are different for each category and will depend on if you reside inside or outside of the United States. During the process of obtaining a green card, it is valuable to have an experienced and knowledgeable immigration lawyer working for you who can make the process run more smoothly and deal with any legal issues or conflicts that may arise.
A green card can be used to prove employment eligibility and can also be used to apply for a state issued driver’s license and a Social Security Card.
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A green card is valid for re-entry to the United States after leaving the country if the trip does not exceed one year. When leaving the country for more than a year, a re-entry permit is required.
For all adults over age 18 that receive a green card, it is required to have it with them at all times. Current green cards are valid for ten years, or two years in the case of a conditional resident, and need to be renewed before the expiration date.