What is a Green Card?
Updated: Mar 13
A Green Card, or Lawful Permanent Residency (LPR), allows you to remain in the United States permanently. This is unlike Visas, which require you to leave the country after the Visa expires.
Green Cards generally expire after 10 years and must be renewed within six months of their expiration. You must file an I-90 to renew a Green Card. This can be filed online.
Green Cards issued between 1977 and 1989 do not expire, but you may need to renew them if you do have an incorrect name or other incorrect information on your Green Card.
What are the Benefits of a Green Card?
A Green Card, or Lawful Permanent Residency (LPR), allows you to remain in the United States semi-permanently and work in the United States.
However, Green Cards are less permanent than citizenship. For example, if you commit a crime while on a Green Card, you may be deported.
How Do I Apply for a Green Card?
The Green Card application process is complicated and depends on your situation. The main types of Green Card applications are employment based and family based.
Generally, the simplest way to get a Green Card is to be an immediate relative of a US citizen - either a spouse, unmarried child under 21 years old, or a parent.