Permanent Resident Status

The benefits of Permanent Resident Status
A person who has Permanent Resident 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.

Contact us
If you are ready to apply for Permanent Residency Status or have questions. Call us today at 847-258-9954 , or email us by clicking here, or schedule an appointment by clicking here.