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Green Cards - Become a Permanent Resident With a Green Card

Want to become a permanent resident? Whether you're looking for information on applying for a green card, an adjustment of status or how to take part in the green card lottery, you'll find the information here.
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Instructions to Register Permanent Resident Status or Adjust Status

The application to register as a United States permanent resident is achieved by filing form I-485. Anyone adjusting from a nonimmigrant visa to permanent resident status, including some other categories, must file form I-485 to receive a green card.

Permanent Residents and International Travel

Permanent residents may travel freely outside the United States but there are some conditions that must be followed to maintain your permanent resident status.

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident

Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident.

Married on a Travel Visa - Stories of Marrying While on a Travel Visa

Marrying while on a travel visa is a spur-of-the-moment decision, and couples are often left wondering and worrying about the next step. Read the stories of other couples who chose to marry while on a travel visa.

5 Ways to Avoid DV Green Card Lottery Scams

The diversity visa green card lottery is a popular immigration program known around the world. And where there are a lot of people, there are bound to be scam artists ready to take advantage of the opportunity. Learn 5 ways that you can avoid green card lottery scams.

DV-2011 List of Ineligible Countries

Anyone who wants to take part in the Green Card Lottery must be a native of an eligible country. Find out if what countries are on the DV-2011 ineligible list.

Education or Work Experience Requirements For the DV Green Ca…

All green card lottery entrants must meet the education or work experience requirement to be eligible for the DV program.

DV-2011 Green Card Lottery

Here you'll find information specific to the DV-2011 green card lottery.

DV-2010 Green Card Lottery

Here you'll find information specific to the DV-2010 green card lottery.

DV-2010 Green Card Lottery Results

DV-2010 green card lottery results from the Department of State.

How Can I Avoid Losing my Green Card?

Make sure you know how to maintain your permanent resident status to avoid losing your green card.

What to do When Your Green Card is Lost in the Mail

Your permanent residence was approved but your green card never showed up in the mail. What do you do? Find out here.

How to Enter the DV Green Card Lottery

Your one-stop shop for information about the diversity visa (DV) or "green card lottery" program.

DV-2010 List of Excluded Countries

Anyone who wants to take part in the Green Card Lottery must be a native of an eligible country. Find out if what countries are on the DV-2010 ineligible list.

Getting Married on a Travel Visa

Are people who get married while in the United States on travel visas able to stay in the U.S. and successfully adjust their status to gain permanent residence? Yes, they are. But this is not the preferred approach. Find out more about this type of green card marriage.

Guide to Removing Conditions on Permanent Residence

If you are a conditional permanent resident, you will need to petition the USCIS to remove the conditions before your green card expires. This step-by-step guide will give you the information you need to put the packet together for filing.

Fill Out the Petition to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence

Learn how to complete each of the 7 sections of the I-751 form to remove conditions on your permanent residence.

Green Card Definition - What Is a Green Card?

Definition of green card, held by legal permanent residents of the U.S.

Diversity Visa Program

Also known as the green card lottery, the Diversity immigrant Visa Program provides 50,000 permanent resident visas annually. Entrants must meet strict requirements and come from regions with low immigration rates to the United States.
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