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Green Card

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A permanent resident is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "green card." You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.

The steps to become a permanent resident are different for each category and will depend on if you are currently living inside or outside the United States. The main categories are listed below.

Green Card Through Family
A family member petitions for you

Green Card Through a Job
Apply for permanent residence based on a job offer or employment.

Green Card Through Refugee or Asylum Status
Apply for permanent residence when you have been granted refugee or asylum status
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