What Are the Different Categories of Green Card Eligibility?

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What types of green card eligibility categories are available?

It is important to note that not every foreign national is qualified to obtain a green card in the United States. However, keep in mind that there are several categories of eligibility, including the following:

  • Family-based: Foreign nationals looking to marry U.S. citizens or green card holders looking to legally bring certain close relatives into the United States may be eligible for certain family-based green cards.
  • Employment-based: Employment-based green cards, such as the EB-1 or EB-2 visa permit specific foreign nationals to live and work in the United States and to become lawful permanent residents.
  • Refugee or asylum: If you are fleeing persecution because of your religion, political affiliation, or otherwise, you may be eligible for asylum here in the United States.
  • Special programs: If you were affected by tragedy or extreme hardship, such as an earthquake that ravaged your city or country, you may be qualified to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

What rights am I afforded once I obtain a green card in the United States?

Once you are a permanent resident, you will be provided with several rights. For instance, you will have the right to live and work in the United State permanently, so long as you don’t do anything to make yourself removable under immigration law. With that being said, as a green card holder, you will also have a number of responsibilities. For instance, you will have to obey all laws, file your income tax returns, support the democratic form of government, and, if you are a male between the ages of 18-25, you must register with the Selective Service.

To learn more about what rights you will be provided with once obtaining a green card in the United States, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled Baltimore, County Maryland immigration lawyer.


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