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Debunking four common myths about U.S. green cards

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2021 | Immigration Law

Many foreign nationals want to come to America to work and live permanently. Acquiring a green card (permanent resident card) is one of the most common paths to residency. However, this process is surrounded many untruths about what it takes to get a green card in Florida and other states.

Separating facts from myths can help you learn more about successfully acquiring a green card.  For most, it is a good first step on the path to becoming a U.S. resident. Once you have learned how to proceed, an experienced Daytona Beach attorney can help you take the necessary steps to meet your immigration goals.

Green cards myths you should disregard

Below, you will find four widely believed myths about U.S. green cards and their corresponding truths.

  1. You may not leave America once you get a card. No, this is not the case. You may come and go from the country, but you must remain in the U.S. for six consecutive months each year to remain eligible.
  2. Green cards last forever. No, they do not, which means that you must renew your green card periodically to remain in the U.S. legally.
  3. Green card holders cannot be deported. It is critical to understand that your time in the U.S. is not guaranteed. If you engage in criminal behavior, for example, you risk deportation despite having a card.
  4. Green card holders are American citizens. Becoming a citizen and acquiring a permanent resident card are two different things requiring two separate processes.

Although you must put in some work to get your green card, most people find that gaining the ability to live and work in the U.S. is worth the effort.