As of June 1st, 2017, green card holders are now able to travel to Canada without a visa. This is great news for those of us who have been wanting to visit our northern neighbor but were previously hindered by the visa requirements. If you’re a green card holder, make sure to take advantage of this new policy and plan a trip to Canada today!
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What is a Green Card?
A Green Card is an identification card which allows its holder to live and work in the United States of America on a permanent basis. The card is also known as a Permanent Resident Card (PRC). It is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Who is eligible for a Green Card?
Nearly all immigrants who are eligible for a Green Card are also eligible to travel to Canada. The main exceptions are immigrants who have been convicted of a serious crime or who pose a security risk to Canada.
To be eligible for a Green Card, you must meet one of the following criteria:
-You have been granted asylum in the United States
-You have been admitted to the United States as a refugee
-You have been granted humanitarian parole into the United States
-You have been admitted to the United States as an immigrant under one of the family-based preference categories
-You have been admitted to the United States as an immigrant under one of the employment-based preference categories
How to apply for a Green Card?
If you want to live and work in the United States permanently, you can apply for a Green Card. With a Green Card, you can live and work in the U.S. indefinitely. You can also apply for U.S. citizenship after five years.
There are two ways to get a Green Card:
– through family
– through employment
What are the benefits of having 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, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a Green Card.
The main benefit of having a Green Card is that it allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. With a Green Card, you can also travel freely to and from the United States. If you have a Green Card, you can apply to become a U.S. citizen after five years (or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen).
What are the requirements for maintaining a Green Card?
To maintain your status as a permanent resident, you must:
1. Obey the laws of the United States.
2. Do not abandon your residence in the United States.
3. Pay any taxes due to the United States Government,
4. Show that you have the financial ability to support yourself and any family members who live with you in the United States, and
5. Register for Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26.
What are the consequences of losing 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 to Canada without a visa. However, if you lose your Green Card or it expires, you will need to apply for a visa in order to re-enter the United States. If you are found to be in the United States without a valid Green Card or visa, you may be deported and barred from returning for several years. Additionally, if you have been living in the United States for a long time and your Green Card expires, you may have difficulty renewing it or obtaining citizenship.
How long does a Green Card holder have to live in the United States?
Green Card holders are now able to travel to Canada without applying for a visa. This is a result of the recently implemented Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
To be eligible, Green Card holders must:
-Be seeking entry for business, tourist, or transit purposes;
-Have a valid Green Card;
-Meet other general eligibility requirements for admittance into Canada.
Can a Green Card holder travel outside of the United States?
Yes, Green Card holders can travel outside of the United States. However, they must have a valid passport from their country of citizenship, and they must ensure that their Green Card is valid for reentry into the United States. If they plan to be gone for an extended period of time, they may need to apply for a reentry permit.
What if a Green Card holder wants to become a citizen of the United States?
If you are a Green Card holder and would like to become a United States citizen, you will need to follow a different set of procedures. You will need to file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Information on how to file this form can be found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
How can I get more information about Green Cards?
The U.S. government offers several different types of Green Cards, which provide different ways for people to live and work in the United States permanently or temporarily.
The most common type of Green Card is the immigrant Green Card, which allows foreign nationals to live and work permanently in the United States. There are also non-immigrant Green Cards, which allow foreign nationals to live and work in the United States for a limited time, usually for a specific purpose such as study, work, or travel.
If you want to apply for a Green Card, you can find more information on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website or by contacting USCIS directly.