Good news for green card holders! You can now travel to Europe without a visa, thanks to the new EU travel rules. Find out everything you need to know about this new development.
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Introduction: Green Card Holders Can Now Travel to Europe Without a Visa
As of early 2017, green card holders are now able to travel to Europe without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. This is a huge win for travelers, as it makes it much easier to visit multiple countries on a single trip. And, best of all, there’s no need to apply for a separate visa for each country you plan to visit.
Green card holders who wish to take advantage of this new rule must have a valid passport and green card as well as proof of sufficient funds for their trip. It’s also important to note that this rule only applies to visits of 90 days or less – if you plan to stay in Europe for longer than that, you will still need to apply for a longer-term visa.
So if you’re a green card holder planning a trip to Europe, be sure to take advantage of this new rule and enjoy your travels!
What is a Green Card?
A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, they are granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “Green Card.”
The steps to becoming a Green Card holder (permanent resident) vary by category, but the general process involves multiple stages:
First, an immigrant petition must be filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the applicant.
Once that petition is approved, an applicant must apply for and be granted a Green Card.
People who already have a Green Card may apply to become permanent residents through sponsorship by their employer or family member.
Who is Eligible for a Green Card?
If you are a foreign national who wants to live permanently in the United States, you will need to obtain a Green Card. Green Cards are also known as Permanent Resident Cards. The steps to obtain a Green Card vary depending on your individual circumstances.
Generally, you must first have a petition filed on your behalf by a relative or employer in the United States. Once your petition is approved, you will then need to go through an interview process with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you are approved for a Green Card, you will be issued a physical card which you will need to keep with you at all times.
Green Card holders are granted many rights and benefits in the United States, including the right to live and work permanently in the country. Green Card holders also have access to certain government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare.
How to Apply for a Green Card?
The process of applying for a green card can be long and complex, but it is an important first step for many immigrants who wish to come to the United States. There are a few different ways to apply for a green card, and the method you choose will depend on your individual circumstances. The most common way to apply for a green card is through employment-based sponsorship. If you have a job offer from a U.S. employer, they can sponsor your green card application. Other ways to apply for a green card include through family sponsorship, refugee or asylee status, or the Diversity Visa Lottery Program. Once you have applied for a green card, you will need to attend an interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before your application can be approved.
What are the Benefits of Having a Green Card?
There are many benefits of having a Green Card, which is also known as a permanent resident card. This card allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. It also gives you certain rights and responsibilities, such as being able to vote in elections.
Some of the other benefits of having a Green Card include:
-The ability to travel freely in and out of the United States
-The ability to apply for a driver’s license
-The ability to apply for a Social Security number
-The ability to own property in the United States
-The ability to sponsor family members for Green Cards
-The ability to eventually apply for U.S. citizenship
What are the Requirements for Green Card Holders Traveling to Europe?
As of June 2017, Green Card holders are now able to travel visa-free to all countries in the Schengen Area.
The Schengen Area is an area consisting of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and immigration checks at their mutual borders. It functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.
In order to be eligible to travel visa-free, Green Card holders must:
– Possess a valid Green Card
– Have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond the planned date of departure from the Schengen Area
– Have proof of sufficient funds for their stay
– Have medical insurance that covers their stay in the Schengen Area
How to Travel to Europe Without a Visa?
As of 2021, holders of a U.S. green card can travel to any country in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days without a visa. The Schengen Area is an agreement between 26 European countries that allows free movement of citizens between member states.
This visa waiver applies to all types of travel, including business, tourism, and family visits. However, it does not allow for work or study in the Schengen Area.Green card holders must have a valid passport and sufficient funds for their stay in order to be eligible for the visa waiver.
If you plan to stay in the Schengen Area for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long-stay visa from a local embassy or consulate. For more information on how to do this, please see our article on applying for a Schengen visa.
What are the Rules for Traveling to Europe Without a Visa?
As of June 2017, U.S. green card holders can travel to Europe without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Previously, only citizens of certain countries were visa-free in Europe, and green card holders had to obtain a Schengen visa for travel. The Schengen visa allows for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen zone, which consists of 26 European countries that have abolished border controls between them.
To travel without a visa, you must have a valid green card and a passport from the United States. You will also need to prove that you have enough money for your stay and insurance that covers medical care and repatriation during your trip. When you arrive in Europe, you will need to fill out a short application called an Entry/Exit Card, which will be stamped by customs officials. Be sure to keep this card with your passport during your trip so that you can show it to authorities if necessary.
If you plan to stay in Europe for longer than 90 days, or if you want to travel to other parts of the world from Europe, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa from the embassy or consulate of the country where you plan to enter the Schengen zone. For example, if you want to visit France and Spain, you would need to apply for a Schengen visa from the French consulate.
What are the Exceptions to the Rule?
As of June 2017, eligible Green Card holders are now able to travel to Europe without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule.
If you plan on traveling to Europe for business purposes, you will still need to apply for a business visa. If you are traveling for medical reasons, you will need to apply for a medical visa. And finally, if you are traveling for educational purposes, you will need to apply for a student visa.
Other than these three exceptions, eligible Green Card holders can now travel to Europe without a visa for stays of up to 90 days. So if you’re planning on taking a trip to Europe in the near future, be sure to check and see if you need a visa before you go!
Conclusion: Green Card Holders Can Now Travel to Europe Without a Visa
The European Commission has announced that, as of January 2021, green card holders will be able to travel to Europe without a visa. This is a significant change from the current rules, which require green card holders to obtain a visa before they can travel to Europe.
The new policy will make it much easier for green card holders to travel to Europe, and it is a potentially significant development for those who are considering moving to Europe. However, it is important to note that the new policy does not allow green card holders to live in Europe indefinitely; they will still need to obtain a residency permit if they want to stay in Europe for an extended period of time.