What is a green card?
A United States permanent resident card, commonly referred to as a green card, is a form of ID that is used to signify that its holder is a legal permanent resident of this country. Although it does not give the holder the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship, this identification does allow the holder to live and work in the country without fear of deportation, unless certain conditions are not met. Green card holders are also referred to as lawful permanent residents and are eligible to apply for full U.S. citizenship after they have resided within the country for five years (or less if they are married to a citizen).
Green card holders have several rights:
- Right to live and work within the borders of the country
- Right to travel out of the country for certain periods of time without negative immigration consequences
- Right to own property in this country
- Right to attend public school;
- Right to receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare benefits under certain circumstances
Securing a green card also makes it possible to legally petition for spouses or unmarried children to obtain a similar residency status and ID. Green cards can be obtained through various routes, including through family connections, work, or asylum.
Guiding You Through the Application Process
The benefits associated with holding a green card are highly desirable, and lawful permanent residency in the U.S. is in high demand throughout the world. At the Law Office of Garry Barbadillo, we understand that when you need a green card, you want to avoid any type of unnecessary complications or a wrongful denial of your application. With our dedication and guidance throughout your case, we make the process as easy as possible for our clients. If you choose to work with us, you can be confident in our ability to help you navigate through every step. We can help you prepare your application, represent you with immigration officials, and work to expedite the process so that you can enjoy the benefits of being a lawful permanent resident.
Contact the Law Office of Garry Barbadillo online or call (408) 772-5469 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.