Green Card

What does Green Card mean?

A green card gives authorization for an individual to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis. The proof of permanent resident status is called the Green Card. There are several ways to become a permanent resident. For instance, many individuals are sponsored by another family member or an employer. Other individuals are able to apply for permanent resident status as a refugee or through an asylum program.

If an individual qualifies for permanent resident status they generally are classified in categories based on a preference system. Immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen (spouse, parents and unmarried children under the age of 21) may avoid classification due to their high immigration priority. Congress has set a finite number of visas that can be used each year for each category of immigrants.

Green cards are also given for employees with the first preference assigned to aliens with extraordinary abilities, including outstanding professors and researchers, and certain multinational executives and managers. Next green cards are given to members of professions holding an advanced degree or persons of exceptional ability. Finally, green cards may be given to skilled workers and other professionals.

Previous Entry


Next Entry

Guest Worker

Browse Legal Glossary Alphabetically:

1 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Z |

Lawyers near

MVP Law Group, P.A.

MVP Law Group, P.A. Profile Picture
1177 Annapolis Road
STE 70 Odenton, MD 21113

Jude Law LLC

Jude Law LLC Profile Picture
SUITE 900 - #4980 MIAMI, FL 33130

SilzerLaw Chartered

SilzerLaw Chartered Profile Picture
1277 N Semoran Blvd suite 106
Suite 106 Orlando, FL 32807

Yee IP Lawyer

Yee IP Lawyer Profile Picture
1722 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Term of the Day


If an SSDI or SSI claimant receives more money than they are entitled to receive this is an overpayment.

Category: Disability