Permanent Residence/Green Cards
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Everyone inside the U.S. has certain legal rights, regardless of your immigration status.
You are given conditional resident status on the day you are lawfully admitted to the United States on an immigrant visa or adjustment of your status to permanent residence.
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You may be eligible to get a green card (permanent residence) under the Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act if you meet all of the following conditions:
1. You are a native or citizen of Vietnam, Kampuchea (Cambodia), or Laos
2. You were inspected and paroled into the United States before October 1, 1997
3. You were paroled into the United States from Vietnam under the auspices of the Orderly Departure Program (ODP), a refugee camp in East Asia, or a displaced person camp administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Thailand
4. You were physically present in the United States prior to and on October 1, 1997
5. You are admissible to the United States
Form fees, eligibility requirements, fee waiver eligibility, required documents, and mailing addresses vary depending on the form you are filing and why you are filing.
If you were admitted as a refugee, you are required by law to apply for a Green Card (permanent residence) in the United States 1 year after being admitted as a refugee.
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You are not required to apply for a green card; however, it may be in your best interest to do so.
Field Offices handle scheduled interviews on non-asylum related applications.
Recognizing that some applicants cannot pay the filing fees, USCIS established a fee waiver process for certain forms and benefit types.
Petition for certain family members to receive either a green card, a fiancee visa or a K-3/K-4 Visa.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits the change of an individual's immigration status while in the United States from nonimmigrant or parolee (temporary) to immigrant (permanent) if the individual was inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States and is able to meet all required qualifications for a green card (permanent residence) in a particular category. The common term for a change to permanent status is "adjustment of status."
By filing online you can submit and view certain benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates.
You may file an appeal on some unfavorable decisions to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
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You must file a request with USCIS on the appropriate form before your authorized stay expires.
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This page provides information for U.S. citizens wishing to bring a foreign national fiancé(e) living abroad to the United States to marry.
The process varies depending on the origin country.
Most non-U.S. citizens must report a change of address within 1 days of moving.