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Permanent Residency Status

The benefits of Permanent Residency Status
A person who has this Permanent Status has permission to live and work in the U.S. for as long as they want to. A Permanent Resident Card is what many people call a “green card,” but the official name is a Permanent Residency Card. This card is proof that the person is a Permanent Resident.

Becoming a Permanent Resident is good if you want to become a U.S. citizen someday. One of the things you need to do to become a U.S. citizen is to be a Permanent Resident for five years or more, or three years or more for people who got their green card through marriage.

Why is it called a “green card”?
It’s called a green card because the card used to be the color green. Many people say they are “getting a green card,” which means they are applying for this status.

Five ways to become a Permanent Resident
There are five general ways a person can become a Permanent Resident. You can click on the terms below for more information:

Permanent Residency Status is different than a visa
A visa has rules about how long a person can live in the U.S., but this type of Residency does not. Click here to read more about different types of visas.

Contact us
If you are ready to apply for Permanent Residency Status or have questions, call us today at 800-403-8117, email us by clicking here, or schedule an appointment by clicking here.