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How can I get a green card?

The many different laws concerning immigration and eligibility requirements can make securing an adjustment of status confusing and difficult. If you are seeking a green card in California, you may feel overwhelmed about what you will need to do and how you can qualify. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service details everything you need to know when it comes to getting your green card.


 First, you need to determine if you are eligible. There are several different categories you may fall into. Some of the options include those who are applying for a green card because of their employment or their family that currently lives in the U.S. If you have been a victim of cruelty or battery, you may fall under the Victims of Abuse category. Those seeking refugee status or asylum can also apply for a green card under those categories.


Your immigrant category will affect what your eligibility requirements will be, but you will typically need to complete an application and a petition, generally filed by your sponsor. If your petition has already been approved and you are simply applying for an adjustment of status and an available immigrant visa, you will need to file an application requesting permanent residence.


If you do not have a visa available in your category, you will need to file an application for one once your petition is approved. This will require you to complete an interview and provide your signature, fingerprints and photo. You may be able to file multiple forms at once, depending on your immigrant category and individual circumstance. This information is intended for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.

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