How Can You Get A US Green Card?

In this article, we check out the US green card benefits, and all you need to know about getting the US green cards without any hassle.

Apply For, Replace Or Renew A Green Card

A green card or a permanent resident card comes with a number of benefits. It provides you with official US immigration status and entitles you to some rights and responsibilities. With the help of a green card, you would also be able to get your social security number and driver’s license. Moreover, if you want to naturalize as an American citizen, you need to have a US green card first.

Apply For A US Green Card

Check if you are eligible. You would need at least an approved petition, among other things, to be eligible.

If you are eligible, you will have to file FORM I-485, which is an application to adjust status or register permanent residence with USCIS. You would need all the supporting documents and the filing fee to ensure a successful application.

Once you file the application, it typically takes between 8 to 10 months for USCIS to review it and schedule an interview with the applicant.

Once issued, the green card is valid for either 2 or 10 years, depending on if you received it based on a new marriage of fewer than 2 years.

Replace Or Renew A Green Card

Replacing or renewing your green card is easy. You must renew your green card in case your current card has expired or is due to expire in the coming six months. You can replace your green card for several reasons, such as theft and loss.

Check Your Case Status

You can check your case status easily by using your receipt number online at this link

Beware Of Scams

If you do not know much about the green card, visa, or immigration process, scammers, such as “notarios,” might attempt to gain your money or personal information to take advantage of you. You can learn about identity fraud and common immigration scams online or file a complaint if you suspect a scam.

Authenticate Documents

You will be required to show a legal US-issued document for use in other countries, including contracts, court orders, educational diplomas, and vital records. They should also be authenticated to verify stamps and seals on these documents and verify signatures. The document type decides the process that will need to be followed to get them authenticated. Another factor includes the issuance state of the document. You can check with the document authentication agency of your state or visit the pages of Authentications and Apostilles from DOS to know more.

Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program in the US allows a total of 50,000 immigrant visas yearly to be awarded to individuals. This is an opportunity for foreign nationals coming from countries with low US immigration rates to participate in the random draw to potentially get an immigration visa. You can learn more about this program on the DV lottery site of the state department.

Eligibility Requirements

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program is also known as the DV Program or the Green Card Lottery Program. It offers a specific number of immigrant visas to people yearly, provided they meet the following eligibility requirements:

You must be a high school graduate or its equivalent or possess qualifying work experience.

You must be a foreign national from a country that has a low US immigration rate. The US Department of State issues a list of all the eligible and ineligible countries each year. Also, this list can change annually.

Participating In The Lottery

You can participate in the lottery according to your convenience as it is open once annually in the fall for 4-5 weeks. The 2022 Diversity Visa Lottery online registration started on 7th October 2020 at 12:00 PM ET. It will end on 10th November 2020 at 12:00 PM ET. It is also noteworthy that if you qualify to get a green card, you can enter the US in 2022. You can apply for the lottery by completing the online application free of cost. It is a simple web form, and you cannot download it. Remember to keep your confirmation number safely as you will need it to check your entry status online. You can recover the number if you lose it by clicking here.

Petitioning A Fiance, A Relative Or A Foreign Spouse

You can bring a spouse or family member to live and work in the United States, depending on your status. If you are a citizen of the country, you can petition your fiancé(e) or your foreign spouse, your foreign children, and your immediate relatives like siblings or parents. If you are a permanent resident of the US, you can petition your unmarried children and your foreign spouse. Hence, if you are a US citizen, you can petition more of your family than if you are a resident. If a spouse, parent, or child over 21 is/was in the US military, it is possible for them to petition certain family members for their green card.

Contact Reyes & Schroeder Associates, P.C. For Assistance

Irrespective of whether you are looking for work permit visas or green cards, you can apply for a green card without leaving the country if you are updated with all the US immigration laws in place. Reyes & Schroeder Associates, P.C., is a professional law firm in Los Angeles County. You can consult one of our expert attorneys for deportation defense when in Immigration Court or ICE Custody. We also help in filing immigration petitions, TPS & Asylum, citizenship/naturalization, and much more.

For more details, call us at (323) 553-1541 or email us at