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A Green Card, also known as an immigrant visa or Legal Permanent Residence gives you the right to live permanently in the United States. Legal residents with a green cards have the legal right live, work and study in the United States among many other rights and benefits. Employees who have been working in the US for an American employer are considered dual intent aliens, what means that the foreign worker can stay in the US for a few years temporarily just with a work visa, but eventually return to his country, or he can actually apply for a Green Card and become a permanent residents of the United States. The main advantage of the Green Card is that the employee can change jobs, or not work at all, without affecting his immigration status as long as he continue living in the U.S., but when a worker has a work visa he depends of his job to keep his work visa immigration status, and losing his job could eventually mean having to find another employer to sponsor his work visa or having to return to his country, losing his work visa and losing his right to live in the U.S. An additional benefit for a worker when becoming a Green Card holder is that after 5 years of living in the US, the worker may be eligible to apply for the United States Citizenship.
The Application for a Green Card or Lawful Permanent Residence through employment is a complex process involving several steps. There are many requirements, procedures, and forms to file. You must present support documentation to prove that you are eligible to apply for a Green Card though your US work. In terms of the application, the American employer will be sponsoring his employee and there are several requirements for both the sponsor and for the worker Green Card applicant.
When you start to prepare your US Immigration application you may have several questions about the application process for a work/employment based Green Card. Several frequently asked questions may be answered when ordering this download, including the following common immigration questions:
To learn more about how to apply for a Green Card through employment, and to find answers to the above questions, order this downloadable guide with answers to most Frequently Asked Questions.