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A Green Card holder is someone who has been granted the unconditional right to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.

As proof of this status, a person receives a permanent resident card (commonly called a “Green Card") once permanent residence has been granted by USCIS.


Immigrants seeking permanent residence in the United States may qualify in several different ways:

  • Persons sponsored by a family member (immediate relatives as well as other family-based relationships, as designated in the Immigration and Nationality Act)
  • Persons sponsored by an employer in the U.S. (EB-1, EB-2 & EB-3 visa categories)
  • Persons sponsored by a religious organization to work in a religious occupation (EB-4 visa categories)
  • Persons who are investors/entrepreneurs making investments that will create new U.S. jobs (EB-5 visa category)
  • Persons applying as refugees
  • Persons seeking politcal asylum
  • Persons seeking aid through humanitarian programs (persons in need of aid from disasters, oppression, etc.)
  • Persons who are self-filing for “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” or  those obtaining National Interest Waivers (EB1, EB2)


  • Green cards allow foreign nationals to live and work in the United States permanently.
  • There are a number of different options available to foreign nationals seeking the right to remain in the U.S. permanently.