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Applying for U.S. citizenship can be a long and confusing process. Therefore, we have compiled a list of some of the most commonly inquired questions regarding USA citizenship applications to help streamline the process for you. The following questions will brief you about green cards, immigration basics, and common forms.

What is a green card?

A “green card,” granted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is proof of lawful permanent resident status, allowing the holder to live and work anywhere in the country. Most green cards must be renewed every ten years, although marriage or investment-based green cards must be replaced after the first two years.

What does conditional permanent residence mean?

A conditional green card is only valid for two years, and the actual card’s identification “CR1” stands for “conditional resident.” To receive a permanent green card, a conditional green card holder must file Form I-751. A conditional green card is usually granted to a spouse who has been married for less than two years at the time their green card application was approved.

What are the reasons for a denial of a green card application?

The U.S. government may reject a green card application for a variety of reasons, including inaccuracies in needed forms, missing papers, insufficient financial resources, or failure to demonstrate eligibility. Working with an immigration lawyer can significantly reduce the chances of green card refusal.

Is it possible for me to work in the United States while I wait for my green card?

Anyone with a valid work visa (such as an H-1B or L-1 visa) can normally continue working in the United States while applying for a green card United States. Green card candidates cannot begin working in the United States until they have obtained a work permit by filing Form I-765.

What is the average time it takes to obtain a green card?

There are several paths to get a green card, each with its own schedule. The marriage-based green card process might take as little as ten months or as long as three years, depending on the circumstances.

What is an I-864 Affidavit of Support?

Most green card candidates must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen who agrees to be financially responsible for them after they arrive in the United States. An “Affidavit of Support” (Form I-864) is a contract between the financial sponsor and the United States government in which the financial sponsor proves that they meet the government’s income standards.

What is the Medical Exam Results Form I-693?

The results of the mandatory medical examination for a spouse (or other family members) seeking a green card are documented on Form I-693. For people applying from within the United States, a medical exam is conducted by a doctor who has been approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and has signed Form I-693. The medical exam is conducted by a State Department-approved doctor for people applying from outside the United States.

Did you find the answer to your questions? If not, dial (818)900-5707 to get in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer and explore your options.

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