Immigration Q&A

We answer the most commonly asked questions about Immigration

Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test

Applying for a green card involves several steps, depending on the category under which you qualify. The most common categories are family-based, employment-based, and humanitarian-based (refugee or asylee status). The general process includes:   Determine your eligibility: Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for the specific green card category you are applying under.   File the appropriate petition: For most categories, a petition must be filed on your behalf. Family-based applicants need a U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative to file Form I-130, while employment-based applicants typically require an employer to file Form I-140.   Wait for a decision on your petition: Upon filing, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will review your petition and inform you of their decision. If approved, you'll move forward to the next step.   Adjust your status or apply for an immigrant visa: If you're already in the U.S., file Form I-485 to adjust your status to permanent resident. If you're outside the U.S., you'll need to apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy.   Attend an interview: Whether adjusting your status or applying for an immigrant visa, you'll need to attend an interview with USCIS or a consular officer.   Receive a decision: After the interview, you'll be notified of the decision on your application. If approved, you'll receive your green card, either by mail or upon entry to the U.S.   Keep in mind that specific steps and requirements may vary depending on your eligibility category, and processing times can differ based on individual circumstances and USCIS or consular workload.
No. While applying for a Green Card or applying for U.S citizenship could lead to becoming a permanent resident of the United States, there are several differences between the two paths. Here are a few of them:
  • A Green Card holder can be deported from the United States if they fail to follow the terms of their arrangement with the U.S government. A Naturalized U.S citizen cannot have his citizenship revoked unless if he lied during the application process.
  • A Green Card holder cannot obtain a U.S Passport. A Naturalized U.S citizen can apply for a U.S passport with few exceptions.
  • A Green Card holder cannot vote in U.S elections. A Naturalized U.S citizen can participate in all local and federal elections.

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