When a foreign national obtains permanent resident status through an immigrant visa, it is often referred to as earning a “green card.” This term arose from the fact that the evidence of permanent residence was originally a green-colored card. The most recent version of the I-551 green card is green as well. Obtaining a green card eliminates the need to continually renew temporary visas. This gives you considerably more freedom to pursue other avenues of employment as well as U.S. citizenship eventually.
Here the most common categories for foreign nationals to qualify for the green card:
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