What is a Green Card?

A Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, is a card issued by USCIS to foreign nationals as evidence of their lawful permanent resident status in the United States. Green Card holders may reside and work in the United States permanently. The Green Card serves as proof of its holder immigrant status, that he/she is lawfully living in the U.S. permanently under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant. All permanent residents are required to carry their Green Card with them at all times. Green Cards are usually valid for 10 years, and for Conditional permanent residents they are valid for two years, after which the Green Card must be renewed or replaced. To renew or replace a Green Card, please complete Form I-90 Green Card Renewal. A lawful permanent resident can apply for United States citizenship, or naturalization, after five years of residency, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen.

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