What is a green card?

IF you plan to start a life somewhere else, maybe America, it’s not as easy as moving around Europe.

A visa is required to travel to America, but a green card is required to live there, and here we give you all the information you need.

What you need to know about the US Green Card.


What you need to know about the US Green Card.Photo credit: Getty

What is a green card?

A green card is a photo ID issued to residents of the United States.

You still have the passport of the country you’re originally from, and if you’re traveling outside the US, you’ll need to take both a green card and your original passport with you.

The Green Card does not entitle you to hold a US passport, only to live and work there.

This is similar to the pre-agreed or pre-determined EU status that people from associated countries of the European Union had to meet in order to leave the UK before Brexit.

What does a green card allow you to do?

As previously mentioned, a green card allows you to live and work in the United States.

It also allows you to help your family members obtain permanent residency in the United States.

However, please note that there is a limited number of immigrant visas available each year and therefore there is a waiting list for this process.

Your family members are considered “preferred relatives” and may have to wait up to five years to travel to or live with you in the United States, or even to obtain a green card.

What is the difference between a green card and citizenship?

A green card only grants you the right to live and work and to bring family members to join you.

It does not allow you to hold US citizenship or a passport.

Citizenship can only be obtained through birth in the United States, through parents with US citizenship, or through a lengthy process called naturalization.

You are not at risk of being deported from the US if you commit a crime or fail to provide proof of residency in the US.

How many years does it take to get a green card?

The whole process differs from use case to use case.

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It depends on your relationship with the US:

  • If you are a spouse of a US citizen and live in the US it can take 10-13 months, while if you are traveling outside of the US it can take up to 17 months.
  • If you are a spouse of a green card holder, it can take two to three years.
  • If you are a widow, parent, or the child (under 21) of a US citizen, it should take 10 to 13 months.
  • If you are the child (under 21) of a green card holder, it should take between 23 and 38 months.
  • If you are unmarried or an adult child of a US citizen, it can take up to eight years.
  • If you are an unmarried adult child of a green card holder, it can take up to nine years.
  • If you are a married adult child of a US citizen it can take up to 14 years.
  • If you are a sibling of a US citizen, it can take 16 years.

This is the basic information to start planning your green card application process, but for more detailed information and forms you should visit US Citizenship and Immigration Services Website.

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