A “green card” provides proof of lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) status in the United States. It is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. A green card provides its holder with the right to live and work anywhere in the US. In general, green cards must be renewed every 10 years, but conditional green cards obtained based upon marriage or investment in the US must be replaced after the first 2 years.
Once a person obtains a green card, in order to gain citizenship through naturalization, there are several requirements including that the green card holder must be physically present in the US for at least 50% of the time. The individual must not be outside of the US for any more than one year and ideally, for less than 6 months prior to applying for citizenship. The applicant must also write and speak English. There are additional requirements that we would be happy to discuss.