Are you an immigrant who is interested in obtaining a
Green Card? If so, that’s a worthy endeavor because Green Cards offer many
advantages. Once you receive a Green Card, you’ll be authorized
to find a job and live here in the United States.
Immigrants use Green Cards to: 1) prove to employers that they are eligible
to work in the United States, 2) apply for a Social Security Card, and
3) apply for a state-issued driver’s license. Also, a Green Card
is necessary to re-enter the United States if you decide to take a trip
abroad. However, you cannot leave the U.S. for more than one year. If
your trip will last longer than one year, you’ll be required to
obtain a reentry permit.
Two Types of Green Cards
In the U.S., we have two types of Green Cards: The two-year Green Card
and the ten-year Green Card. The two-year Green Card is not renewable.
If the conditions are not removed, you will lose your status as a permanent
residence. The ten-year Green Card on the other hand, is valid for ten
years and must be renewed before it expires.
Two-year Green Card:
If you become a “conditional permanent resident,” your Green
Card is only good for two years. For you to remain a family-based conditional
permanent resident, you need to file Form I-751,
Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence within 90 days of your card’s expiration date.
If you become an “investor/entrepreneur-based conditional resident,”
you have to file a Form I-829,
Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions within 90 days of your card’s expiration date.
Ten-Year Green Card:
If you obtain a ten-year Green Card, our advice is to begin the renewal
process six months before the card’s expiration date. You do this
by filing Form I-90,
Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card.
“If you are a permanent resident age 18 or older, you are required
to have a valid Green Card in your possession at all times,” according
to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To apply for a Green
Card or for help renewing one,
contact our Plano immigration firm today!