You must understand that even though the USA Green Card is meant to help citizens of other countries to get a visa to the United States, not all countries are eligible to participate in the program.
For this post, we are going to look at countries from Asia and Europe that are qualified to take part.
- 1 Eligibility
- 2 Advantages of Acquiring a USA Green Card
- 3 Permanent status
- 4 Work freedom
- 5 Legal rights
- 6 Sponsorship of incentives
- 7 Freedom of movement
- 8 Contribution to US election campaign
- 9 You can seek citizenship status
- 10 Application Process
- 11 What will you do if your Green Card Application is pending with USCIS
- 12 Steps to Track Delivery of Your Green Card, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and Travel Document
- 13 Assuming You Already Have a Green Card
The list of eligible countries in Asia includes Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan,
Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
If you are in Europe, the list of eligible countries includes Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,
Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau Special Administrative Region, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro,
Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Mario, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Vatican City.
Advantages of Acquiring a USA Green Card
Acquiring a USA Green Card will give you the following advantages:
A green card makes it possible for you to stay in the United States permanently, without having to reapply for visa renewal.
This is unlike what happens with some other forms of visa statuses where you need to renew your visa to be eligible to stay in the country.
Green cards give you the freedom to live and work in the USA. Besides, you now have access to an avalanche of work opportunities, with the right to apply and take up any job of your choice without restriction.
The possession of the USA Green Card comes with lots of legal rights such as insurance covers, education sponsorship by the state, social security benefits, retirement benefits, health, research, etc. You equally have access to cars, firearms, accommodation, and loans.
Sponsorship of incentives
If you are granted a Green Card, you can as well sponsor your family members to get theirs so that your family can live together in the United States.
Freedom of movement
With it, there is no restriction of movement as you can easily travel within the US and also travel out and return anytime you wish.
Contribution to US election campaign
You have the right to contribute to elections campaigns but non-citizens do not have the right to vote. However, you are not allowed to vote, except you are a full citizen of the States.
You can seek citizenship status
After staying in the country for up to five years, you can apply to be granted the status of a full citizen which would enable you to vote and be voted for in elections.
The following steps are general steps of how to apply for a USA Green Card. You must take the step to apply for a Green Card depending on your situation.
You must usually file an immigrant petition. It is also referred to as sponsoring or petitioning for you. Consider the steps below.
- A visa will be available in your category after the immigrant petition is approved by USCIS. Then, you will file either a Green Card application with USCISor a visa application with the US Department of State.
- Then, you will go to a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photos, and a signature.
- After the above, you will go to an interview.
- You receive a decision on your application.
What will you do if your Green Card Application is pending with USCIS
Try to go to our While Your Green Card Application Is Pending with USCIS page for more information on checking your case status, updating your address, and making appointments with USCIS if your submission of Form 1-485 is completed and you experience a case of pending with USCIS.
Steps to Track Delivery of Your Green Card, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), and Travel Document
To track the delivery of your Green Card, employment authorization document (EAD), and travel document, the following steps must be followed.
- First sign up for a Case Status Online account toto get automatic case updates. This includes your US Postal Service (USPS) which is the tracking number when we mail your card or travel document.
- Secondly, register for Informed Delivery through USPS to get daily images of mail being sent to you. Then you can:
- automatically track the packages you’re expecting
- set up email and text alerts
- enter USPS Delivery Instructions™ for your mail carrier
Take a step to contact your local post office immediately if your USPS tracking information shows your package was delivered but you have not received it.
We will mail your card or travel document to the address you provided on your application. But if you told us to mail it to your representative on Form G-28, Notice of Entry or Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative), we should do accordingly.
We recommend you use the USPS Look Up a ZIP Code tool to ensure that you give USCIS your full address that is using the standard abbreviations and formatting recognized by USPS.
You will need to update your address promptly so that your case would not be delayed. Also, your document(s) could get lost, and you may need to reapply and pay the fee again.
Assuming You Already Have a Green Card
If you already have a Green Card, you can go to the After a Green Card is Granted page for more travel information, renewing a card, and your rights and responsibilities as a Green Cardholder.