If you are a green card holder and have been wanting to travel to Canada, the time has finally come! As of June 10, 2019, the Canadian government has updated its travel requirements for green card holders, and now allows them to enter the country with just their green Card and a valid passport.
So if you’ve been waiting to take that trip to see the Niagara Falls or explore the Great White North, there’s no time like the present!
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What are the requirements for a US green card holder to travel to Canada?
In order to visit Canada, a US green card holder must have a valid green card, a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of their planned departure from Canada, and a valid eTA (if they are flying). If you are driving to Canada, you will also need a valid driver’s license.
What are the benefits of having a green card?
Lawful permanent residents of the United States (also known as green card holders) enjoy many benefits. One of the most important is the ability to travel freely in and out of the United States.
With a green card, you can also apply for a driver’s license, open a bank account, buy property, and start your own business. You may also be eligible for government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare. You can also sponsor certain family members to come to the United States.
How long does it take to get a green card?
The process of getting a green card can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on your individual circumstances. If you are married to a US citizen, for example, you may be able to get your green card more quickly than if you are applying for one on your own.
What are the requirements for renewing a green card?
The following are the requirements for renewing a green card:
-You must have been lawfully admitted into the United States with a valid immigrant visa
-You must be physically present in the United States for at least 2 years after your admission
-You must not have been absent from the United States for more than 6 months at a time during the 2 years
-You must not have abandoned your permanent residence in the United States
-You must be able to demonstrate that you have maintained your continuous residency in the United States
What are the consequences of not renewing a green card?
If you are a permanent resident of the United States (i.e. you have a green card), you are allowed to travel outside of the country for up to six months at a time. However, if you plan to be gone for longer than six months, you will need to apply for a reentry permit before you leave. Otherwise, your green card will expire and you will not be able to return to the United States.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if you are traveling for work or school, or if you need to care for an ill family member, you may be able to get an extended absence permit, which would allow you to stay outside of the country for up to two years. However, if your absences from the United States total more than two years in any given five year period, your green card will be automatically revoked and you will no longer be a permanent resident.
If your green card expires and you try to reenter the United States without a valid reentry permit or other documentation, you will be treated as an undocumented immigrant and may be subject to arrest and deportation. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your green card up-to-date and renew it before it expires.
What are the fees associated with getting a green card?
The fees associated with getting a green card are as follows:
-The application fee is $165 for an adult.
-The biometrics (fingerprints) fee is $85 for an adult.
-The total cost for an adult is $250.
How can I check the status of my green card application?
If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you may need to renew your green card if it expires. To check the status of your green card application, you will need to contact the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
I’ve been told I need to get a new green card. How do I do that?
If you are a permanent resident of the United States (i.e. you have a “green card”), you may need to get a new green card if any of the following occur:
-You were issued a green card valid for only 2 years because you were subject to the conditions described in Section 245A or 210 of the INA; and those conditions have been removed
-You were granted conditional permanent resident status through investment in a designated regional center or pilot program, and the 2-year conditional period has expired
-You were granted asylum or refugee status, and either the 1-year or 4-year anniversary of your grant of status is approaching
There are several ways to get a new green card, including:
–applying for a new green card through adjustment of status
-Applying for a new green card through consular processing
-Applying for a replacement green card
If you are already in the United States, you may be able to apply for adjustment of status to get a new green card. This process allows you to apply for a new Green card without having to leave the United States. To be eligible for adjustment of status, you must meet certain requirements, including that:
-You are eligible for immigrant benefits under one of the immigrant categories listed in INA 201(b)
-An immigrant visa is immediately available to you at the time your application is filed
I’ve lost my green card. What do I do?
If you have lost your green card, you should contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as soon as possible. USCIS will help you replacement green card.
I’m a green card holder. Can I apply for citizenship?
Yes, you can apply for citizenship if you are a green card holder. However, you will need to meet certain requirements before you can become a U.S. citizen. To be eligible for citizenship, you must:
-Be at least 18 years old
-Have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for at least 5 years
-Be able to demonstrate knowledge of English and U.S. history and government
-Be a person of good moral character
If you meet all of the above requirements, you can begin the process of applying for citizenship by filling out an application and submitting it to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).