People often speak of green cards and permanent residents. We often hear the question “what’s the difference?” There is no difference. A green card holder is a lawful permanent resident. They refer to the same thing.
A lawful permanent resident (or green card holder) is permitted to permanently reside in the United States. The lawful permanent resident must maintain an intent to keep a permanent U.S. residence. A lawful permanent resident is not granted citizenship simply by holding the status. Lawful permanent resident status can be lost and the person may be deported if the . The Green card is merely evidence of lawful permanent resident status.
The Immigration and Nationality Act allocates immigrant visas according to the category of the applicant. The categories are as follows:
- Diversity Immigrants
The process of obtaining lawful permanent resident status is oftentimes a long and complicated process with many opportunities for an applicant to make a mistake. Therefore, if you are considering applying for lawful permanent resident status, either on behalf of yourself, an immediate relative, or for an employee, call our office at 912.401.8880 for a consultation or fill out the contact form below.