The green card process can be time-consuming, but worth the effort.

President Biden supports streamlining the green card process for foreign STEM graduates. They would bypass the H-1B, and be retained. If you haven’t earned a Ph.D. in science, technology, electronics, and mathematics fields, you’ll need to follow the basic process.

You can use the following information to prepare for the application. Keep reading to learn more about getting a green card. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

Determine Your Eligibility

U.S. immigration offers numerous ways to apply for your green card. The eligibility requirements vary depending on the applicable immigrant category. The first step is to see if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • Through family or employment
  • Special immigrant
  • Through refugee or Asylee status
  • For human trafficking, crime, and abuse survivors
  • Through registry

You may also be eligible to apply under other categories. There are laws, programs, and other ways to qualify for the green card application.

File Correct Forms

To qualify, there are forms you’ll need to file first. Most applicants will complete at least two forms, an immigrant petition, and an application for a green card. Typically, a sponsor must file the petition for you. Depending on your case, you might be eligible to file without someone else.

You’ll likely need an approved immigrant petition before filing a Form I-485, the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Some categories allow filing Form I-485 when the immigrant petition’s filed or pending. This registration site can help you start the application process.

Appointment With Application Support Center

After filing Form I-485, you’ll receive a mailed notice for an appointment at the local Application Support Center (ASC). You’ll be expected to verify your identity with biometrics and conduct required security checks. The appointment letter will contain the date, time, and location.

If you don’t sign the acknowledgment, or if you miss the appointment without properly rescheduling, your Form I-485 could be denied.

Attend Interview

USCIS officials review cases to determine if an interview’s required. If scheduled, you’ll be required to appear at the local USCIS office to answer questions under oath about your Form I‑485. You’ll receive a letter with the interview date, time, and location.

You’ll need to bring original versions of the documents submitted with Form I-485. These include passports, travel documents, and Form I-94.

Check Green Card Case Status

You can check your status online or by calling the USCIS Contact Center. The agent will need to know your receipt number, A-Number, name, and date of birth. If your application is approved, you should receive an approval notice and then your green card.

Achieve Your Goals Today

Now that you understand the green card process, you can prepare for the application. Use what you read today as a guide to registering. Remember, it pays to be prepared and patient.

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