Green Card or Permanent Resident Card — Benefits

The permanent resident card is known as the Green Card. The Green Card last for a period of ten years, at which time it must be renewed.  You can choose to remain a permanent resident forever or apply for citizenship after having a green card for five years and meeting other requirements.

America has always been a nation of immigrants; however, it has always focused on its immigration laws. The way the laws are currently set-up, not everyone who applies for a Green Card is able to get one.

Getting a Green Card

To get a Green Card through family, you must be an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, like a husband or wife, a parent or a child; a family member in a preference category, like a brother or sister; a family member of a green card holder living in the U.S; or in a preference category, like a battered spouse or a child or a widower of a U.S. citizen

To get a Green Card through employment, you must get a job offer or demonstrate an investment in the U.S. that will create new jobs.

The other ways like a Green Card through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program are based on luck and on the country you come from.

Being that the methods of obtaining a Green Card can make it impossible for many to actually get one, having a Green Card can be considered a benefit in itself.

Benefits of a Green Card

Except for the right to vote and the right to stay outside of the U.S. as long as you please, as a lawful permanent resident, you mostly hold the same rights a U.S. citizen does. You are protected by U.S. laws—unless you commit a serious crime, you can work for any U.S. employer, and you are able to sponsor your family members for their very own Green Cards.

As many young undocumented immigrants fight for the chance to attend schools of higher education and to receive in-state tuition fees, Green Card holders do not have to worry about that. If you are a permanent resident, you can apply for federal financial aid.

Another great benefit of having a Green Card is that you can lawfully own property in the U.S.

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