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Debunking 4 common myths about green cards

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2023 | Green Cards

Are you trying to immigrate to the United States? Because the laws are always changing and there are so many laws, the process of entering the U.S. can quickly get confusing, but you don’t need to know the ins and outs of every law to get a green card.

A green card is a legal form of identification for immigrants that proves someone’s lawful permanent residency in the U.S. This document allows people to live and work in the U.S. when they are not citizens. People frequently misunderstand the law. As such, some things you may know about green cards may be outdated, while other perceptions are complete myths. Here’s what you should know.

Myth #1: All criminal charges will bar you from getting a green card

Truth: While some criminal charges will deny you from immigrating, others may not, and this is where laws can get a little difficult to understand. For example, a DUI charge may not prevent someone from immigrating and getting a green card. However, repeated offenses or other charges may. The outcome of a green card application submitted by someone who has a criminal record will generally depend on how strict an immigration judge is and what kind of offense occurred.

Myth #2: You can only get a green card one way

Truth: There are several ways to get a green card. Many people get green cards after marrying a legal resident. Some people have family who can help them apply for a green card. While others get green cards after seeking employment or education in the U.S.

Myth #3: A green card never expires

Truth: Simply put, you do have to renew your green card when the law requires you to do so.

Myth #4: Green cards are easy to get

Truth: While it’s true that many immigrants can get green cards, it doesn’t mean that the process of obtaining one is easy. The process can be long and hard. As such, many people have to seek legal help when applying for a green card in order to achieve a favorable outcome.