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Things to know about a green card

As you make plans to build a new life in the United States, you'll likely encounter numerous challenges along the way. Perhaps you already have relatives in Georgia. On the other hand, you may be the very first person in your family to emigrate from another country to this one.

Either way, you'll definitely be going to through an application process if one of your goals is to do everything by the book and make sure all your paperwork is in order before you cross a border. If you will be among those who apply for green cards this year, there are several things you'll want to know regarding this type of resident status. One of the most critical bits of information you should obtain is where to seek support if a problem arises.

Green card history

The very first green cards, which were indeed green in color, became available after World War II. Although there have been various colors since then, the visa itself has retained the name of the original.

Application facts

The Citizenship and Immigration Services department will issue your green card. Once you acquire it, you can stay in the United States to live and work, indefinitely. Another person must sponsor your green card application. In certain circumstances, you may be eligible to apply on your own behalf.

Eligibility factors

To become a green card holder, you must be the spouse of a U.S. citizen or the parent of a citizen who is at least age 21. If neither of these is applicable to your situation, you may be a worker of extraordinary knowledge, talent or skill and still be eligible. Also, if you sought asylum and have held that status for more than one year, you can seek an adjustment of status through the green card program.


Green card status allows you apply for certain tax and retirement benefits, Social Security and insurance. You may travel freely throughout the nation. There are other benefits associated with this status as well.

Possible problems

Obtaining a green card is no guarantee that you will never run into trouble regarding your residency status in Georgia or another state. If your paperwork is in order and you have a valid green card, you may not be so worried about legal trouble although problematic issues may still arise. If so, you can reach out for support from someone well-versed in current U.S. immigration law.

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