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Green Cards 

Green Cards in Ohio

A green card is basically proof that the holder is a lawful U.S. permanent resident and has been granted immigrant benefits, such as permission to live and work in the U.S. A green card is officially known as the permanent resident card (PRC). Each year, the U.S. government gives thousands of people green cards if they satisfy specific eligibility requirements. For instance, a lot of foreign nationals can get a green card based on the following: 

  • Family relationship to a permanent resident or U.S. citizen
  • An employment offer from an employer in the U.S.
  • The Diversity Visa Program or DV lottery
  • Making a huge investment in a business in the U.S.
  • Fitting into a category of special immigrants
  • Spending more than a year as an asylee or refugee in the U.S.

To learn more about green cards, you can consult with one of The VanNoy Firm’s competent Ohio immigration lawyers. 

What You Need to Know About Visa Priority Dates and Availability

Generally speaking, there must be a visa available for a green card applicant. In certain visa categories, visa availability is not an issue. But in other categories, availability is limited. Additionally, priority dates are afforded to immigrants who are in line to obtain an immigrant visa and determine the availability of a visa.

Benefits and Responsibilities of Green Card Holders

Having a green card affords its holder the right to reside and work in the United States permanently. You can likewise receive certain educational, health, and other benefits. You also have the option of applying for certain government jobs because some jobs are reserved for citizens. 

You can opt to maintain your citizenship in your home country and decide to apply for citizenship later. Green card holders may pursue U.S. citizenship after five years of living in the U.S. While green card holders who are married to U.S. citizens may apply for citizenship after three years. 

Furthermore, you can petition your unmarried kids and spouse to get their green cards. They will, however, be categorized as preference relatives, and because these visas have a yearly cap, they might need to wait for several years to be granted a green card. 

However, it’s crucial to note that you can lose your permanent resident status if you violate a law, commit a crime, intentionally fail to inform the USCIS of your new address, or do something that makes you deportable under the law. Likewise, if you leave the U.S. and attempt to go back, you could become subject to grounds of inadmissibility, depending on the specific circumstances of your situation. This is particularly true if you commit a crime or spend more than six months outside the country. 

Reach Out to Our Experienced Immigration Lawyers in Ohio

If you are planning on getting a green card, are having issues with your green card application, or just want to find out more about your immigration options, get in touch with an Ohio immigration lawyer here at The VanNoy Firm. Arrange your appointment with our immigration lawyer in Ohio by calling us or contacting us online

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