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A closer look at green cards: paths to permanent citizenship

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2022 | Immigration

Something that makes California so great is the diversity of its population. If you’re from another country and want to live in this state or any other one, you’ll need a green card. Otherwise known as a permanent resident card, this card is available to non-US residents in several forms. Here’s more information about this card and its many variants.

What is a green card?

The United States issues green cards as a way for people who don’t live in the United States to live in this country legally. A green card also allows someone to receive legal employment in the United States. A green card can also help curb illegal immigration, as it gives non-US citizens a path to American citizenship.

The main types of green cards

If someone wants to live and work in the United States, they would apply for an employment-based green card. When applying for this type of green card, make sure you select the correct category.

Understandably, many people want to bring their families with them to live in the United States. This is when someone would apply for a family-based green card. The family members eligible for this type of green card can include spouses, parents, siblings and children.

There’s also the humanitarian green card, which is available for people who currently face persecution due to their beliefs, race, political opinion, social standing or religious beliefs. A humanitarian green card is also available to people who survived crimes in their home country, including human trafficking or domestic abuse.

A green card allows someone to experience the American dream. It’s good to apply for your green card as soon as possible because the process can take longer than you might expect.