A green card is issued to an individual who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) grants a permanent resident card (commonly referred to as a “green card”) to serve as proof of the person’s status as a lawful permanent resident. At Miranda & Weisman, we know just how important a green card can be for individuals who are hoping to establish a new life in the United States.
Each Baltimore green card lawyer at our firm understands that it is essential to obtain permanent resident status so that you can begin to work and make a living in the U.S. The green card serves as proof to employers that you are authorized to work in the country and will generally make it easier for you to secure an apartment or residence in the U.S.
In addition to demonstrating your eligibility to reside and work in the United States, your green can be used to apply for a state driver’s license and to obtain a Social Security Card. All permanent residents who are 18 years of age or older are required to carry their green card with them at all times. Green cards are valid for a period of 10 years or for two years if you are a conditional resident, and they must be renewed before expiration. In most instances, after you have secured a green card you are permitted to travel abroad provided that your trip will not last longer than one year. If your trip abroad goes beyond one year, you will generally need to obtain a reentry permit.
Individuals can obtain a green card several different ways. The most common method is to be sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Individuals can become a permanent resident and obtain a green card through refugee or asylee status. In addition to these more customary methods, individuals may also be able to secure a green card through the U.S. government’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (commonly known as the “Diversity Lottery” or “Green Card Lottery”) and other special programs and categories.
The application process for obtaining a green card can be quite confusing and lengthy. If you are thinking about applying for a permanent resident status you should consult a skilled Baltimore green card lawyer to discuss your options. The legal team at our immigration firm is committed to helping clients secure green cards for themselves, their family members and their employees in a timely manner. We know that the process can be confusing and we will work with you to make certain that your application is accurate and complete so that it can move through the system as quickly as possible.
If you have additional questions about permanent resident status you can learn more about the green card process on our FAQ – “How do I get a green card?” page. We also encourage you to contact our Baltimore Immigration law firm to discuss your particular situation.