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Frequently Asked Immigration Questions
What is a green card, and what does it do?
A Green Card holder is a permanent resident who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States permanently. The permanent resident card is commonly known as a “green card.” It is proof of a person’s permanent residence status.
What is USCIS?
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the principal government agency that processes immigration applications in the United States. USCIS is one of many agencies involved in immigration regulation and falls under the management of the Department of Homeland Security.
What is a lawful permanent resident?
Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are foreign nationals who have been granted the right to reside permanently and work in the United States. LPRs are often referred to simply as “immigrants,” but they are also known as “permanent resident aliens” and “green card holders.”
What is conditional permanent residence?
As a conditional permanent resident, you receive a Green Card valid for two years. This card proves that you have the right to live and work in the United States for two years.
Your permanent resident status is conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than two years old on the day you became a permanent resident. Your status is conditional until you prove, after a specified period, that you did not enter the marriage to circumvent the immigration laws. You must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence to remove conditions.
Why would a green card application be denied?
If you entered the US unlawfully, have prior immigration violations, failed to attend removal proceedings, or otherwise abused the US immigration process, you may be ineligible for a green card.
Can I work in the US while waiting for my green card?
Yes, you can work while waiting for your green card approval, but you must apply for and be granted an Employment Authorization Document. This EAD or “work permit” allows you to work legally for a limited period.
What is the Visa Bulletin?
The Visa Bulletin is a publication regarding immigration to the United States. The primary purpose of this bulletin is to provide an updated waiting list for immigrants who are subject to the quota system in the various immigrant categories.
What is a biometric screening?
The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requires a biometrics appointment as part of many applications for immigration benefits. This is sometimes called the “fingerprint appointment.” The US government will take your fingerprints, pictures, and signatures at the appointment.
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