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Green Card Application Process – First Step to Citizenship is through Permanent Residency

Jul 9th 2015 at 2:43 AM

In order to live and work legally in the United States, it is necessary to be a green card holder. An immigrant with green card status should abide the rules and regulations of the country and he should also obey the immigration laws. The green card application process may sound daunting if it is not followed correctly. There are many categories available like work or family under which the person can file for his green card status.

The following are the steps to be followed for the green card process:

  • People who apply for the green card must satisfy the eligibility criteria set by the immigration office.
  • As it is easier to apply for green card when the person in within the country, the current status of that person can be adjusted to get a green card status.
  • Consular processing can be done by people who apply for green card from outside the country and also by the people who are not eligible to adjust their current status.
  • The candidate should decide if help of the lawyer is needed for filing the application as the US immigration forms is highly complex and lengthy.
  • The number of visa available is limited and hence the appointment is given according to the priority of the immigrants who files for the green card application.
  • It is then time to be prepared with all the documents and forms necessary for the process.
  • It is always necessary to track and follow the application status as the number of applications is enormous and hence there are plenty of chances that they may go missing or delayed.
  • USCIS will fix an appointment for the candidate in order to conduct a personal interview at their office. The application submitted will be reviewed and the candidate will be questioned by the USCIS officer before deciding on the status.
  • When all the documents and immigration forms including the green card application form are approved, the candidate will be accepted for the green card status.

Green card status holder is also considered to be a permanent resident who can live and work within the country legally. Being a permanent resident involves certain responsibilities towards the country.

  • As they are allowed to work legally, income tax returns should be filed to the taxing authorities along with the income earned.
  • Permanent residents should not use any illegal means like bribery to change the government rules.

Being a green card holder is the first step to become the citizen of the country using the naturalization process.

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