Permanent Residency Status
The benefits of Permanent Residency Status
A person who has Permanent Residency 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 Permanent Residency 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:
- Employment sponsorship
- Family sponsorship
- Annual diversity lottery
- Qualified investment
- Political asylum or refugee status
Permanent Residency Status is different than a visa
A visa has rules about how long a person can live in the U.S., but Permanent Residency does not. Click here to read more about different types of visas.