About The Green Card

You may come across many people who wish to obtain legal status in the United States and commonly refer to the process as “getting a green card”. The U.S. Department of State’s Diversity Visa lottery makes it easy for thousands of immigrants to move to their dream destination: the United States of America.

As United States presents a beautiful fusion of ethics and cultures from different parts of the world, it is a country of diverse nature. The Diversity Visa lottery is a good example to the effort to increase the diversity of immigrants coming to the U.S.

The immigrants’ proof of permanent residency is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Nowadays, the permit issued is no longer “green” in color but it is still referred to by that name. Before 1978, all permanent residents had cards that were green in color.

In recent years, the green card has been issued in a variety of colors: white, pink or multi-colored. Regardless of the color, which is similar to a credit card in its shape and size is still called a green card and proves that you now have a permanent residency status in the United States.

Permanent Resident Card is a proof of your legal status and you must carry it with you to show if demanded. This card remains valid for up to ten years and must be renewed before expiry.

If you plan to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future on the basis of your green card,

  • You should not leave the United States for a long period of time or move to a new destination permanently.
  • You should file federal, state and local income tax returns if applicable.
  • You should register with the Selective Service if you are a male resident between ages of 18 and 26.

You can find more information about that on the USCIS website – http://www.uscis.gov.