Temporary and Permanent Green Cards
1. What is the difference between a "conditional" and " permanentl" green card?
Under the regulations, if you are approved for the EB-5 immigrant visa, you receive a “conditional” green card valid for two years only. A “permanent” green card can be renewed every 10 years. Otherwise, both cards offer the same rights and privileges.
2. Who receives permanent residency ("green card")?
You as the investor, your spouse, and any unmarried children under the age of 21 at the time of the I-526 petition receive a green card. Adopted children may also be included in the family.
Once in the United States, you need to establish residency. Here’s how to prove residence:
- Open a bank account
- Get a driver's license
- Obtain a social security number
- Pay state and federal income taxes
- Rent or buy a home
You may work overseas if the nature of your business or profession requires it. But if you live outside the United States, we suggest you and your family re-enter the U.S. every six months. The longer you and your family are in the United States, the less likely the government is to claim that you have abandoned the United States as your permanent residence. This could endanger your green card status.
In special cases, you may qualify for a reentry permit. This allows you to remain outside the U.S. for as long as two years without having to reenter the country to maintain your permanent resident status.
- Being born in the United States
- Being born to a Unites States citizen
- Naturalization process
To become a naturalized citizen, you must first become a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR). After five years as a LPR, you can qualify citizenship. But you must also be physically present in the United States for 30 months during the five years prior to your application. Once becoming a citizen, you are entitled to vote and to hold most public offices.
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