Do not believe these 3 myths when applying for a green card
If you have an employer or family member who is willing to sponsor you for legal permanent residency, you are already ahead of the game. After all, outside of employer or relative sponsorship, there are few ways to secure a green card.
Because applying for a green card is rarely easy, there is a great deal of misinformation on the internet and in other places. While there is nothing wrong with reading about the experiences of other green card applicants, you should not believe these three myths about the process.
1. The process is simple
Legal permanent residents have valuable rights and responsibilities, so the U.S. government makes applying for green cards a complex process that includes an in-person interview. Additionally, you may wait months, years or longer for immigration officials to act on your application. How long and complex your application process is likely to be, though, depends on your sponsor, country of origin, immigration history, moral character and other factors.
2. Your green card lasts forever
If your application for legal permanent residency comes from your marriage to a U.S. citizen, you may become a conditional permanent resident first. Then, after two years, you must apply again to become a legal permanent resident. Other green cards expire after 10 years. Before yours expires, you should apply for a new card.
3. A green card prevents deportation
Even though a green card means you do not have to apply constantly for permission to remain in the U.S., it does not guarantee immigration officials will not try to deport you. If you commit certain crimes or immigration infractions when holding a green card, you may still face removal.
Ultimately, because applying for legal permanent residency can be both difficult and confusing, it is critical to understand your legal options before filing any immigration-related paperwork.