A Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, allows individuals to live and work permanently in the United States. A Green Card is a vital step towards U.S. citizenship, but does not include voting rights or eligibility for certain government jobs, unlike full citizenship. Understanding the nuances of Green Card applications and renewals is crucial, as the process can be complex and requires thorough documentation and compliance with U.S. immigration laws.
At Mokolo Law Firm, we specialize in assisting clients with both initial Green Card applications and renewals. Our experienced immigration attorneys can guide you through every step, ensuring a smooth and successful process. Our experienced attorneys can help with:
- Adjustment of Status applications for those already in the U.S.
- Consular Processing for applicants outside the U.S.
- Renewing or replacing Green Cards
- Navigating issues that may affect Green Card eligibility
- Understanding the rights and responsibilities as a Green Card holder
Green Card vs. Citizenship
A Green Card provides permanent resident status but does not equate to U.S. citizenship. As a Green Card holder, you can work and live in the U.S. indefinitely, but you cannot vote in federal elections or hold a U.S. passport. After a certain period, typically five years, Green Card holders may apply for naturalization to become U.S. citizens, granting them full citizenship rights, including the right to vote and hold a U.S. passport.
The process of maintaining your Green Card status requires adherence to certain residency rules and avoiding actions that might lead to deportation. Renewing your Green Card every ten years is also essential to maintain your legal status in the U.S.
Whether you’re applying for a Green Card for the first time, seeking to renew your card, or have questions about the path from permanent residence to citizenship, Mokolo Law Firm is here to help.
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