The first thing you should know about a green card is, what is it?
A green card is a government issued document that authorizes a holder to work and live in the U.S. permanently. It is interchangeably called a permanent resident card.
The next question you may be asking is, how can you obtain a green card?
There are actually several ways for you to do so. Some of these include,
- Through Family
- Through a Job
- Through Refugee or Asylee Status
- Through Special Categories
It is important to keep in mind that, while you are a green card holder, there are conditions that must be met, otherwise you will be considered to have abandoned your permanent resident status. Some ways you may be deemed to have abandoned your green card includes,
- Having the intention to leave the U.S.
o If you obtain your green card and decide to move elsewhere or have the intention to do so, you should be aware of the laws regarding your green card
- Remaining outside of the U.S. for more than one year without getting a re-entry permit or returning resident visa
o If you leave the U.S. without making indication that you will be returning, then you may be considered to have abandoned your permanent resident status
o Any length of time may be considered, even though it is less than one year
- Staying outside of the U.S. for two years after being issued a re-entry permit, and you did not obtain a returning resident visa, will also be cause for loss of status
o Again, any length of time will be considered although this is the general rule, you should indicate your leaving so that you can maintain your status
- Failing to file and income tax return while you live outside the U.S.
- Declaring yourself a non-resident on your tax returns
Obtaining a green card is a privilege, not a right. You should always be aware of how you can maintain your status so that the effort you made to get one is not in vain.
If you require additional information regarding your green card; how to get one or how to maintain it, contact Akrami & Associates today. One of our experienced legal professionals will be happy to assist you.