How to obtain Permanent Residence in the USA 2022


Migrating to the US is not very easy likewise obtaining Permanent Residence in the USA. However, the possibilities that such a large country gives you are worth trying.

And to get you started we want to tell you everything you need to know about Permanent Residence or also called Green Card.

For starters, permanent residence is the status or permission granted to foreign nationals who immigrate to live and work permanently in the United States. In many cases, a sponsor, who may be an employer or family member, applies for this residence to favor another person.

Stay with us and we will tell you much more.

Ways to obtain permanent residence in the USA

We are going to tell you 3 ways to obtain permanent residence in the US :


Obtain the Green Card or Green Card for family reasons:

This case occurs if one of your parents, siblings or spouse is American. As long as the United States national is 21 years old, he can manage this guarantee. On the other hand, the holder of the green card can guarantee his spouse or children of her.

  1. In this way, the guarantor must complete the I-130 form
  2. The form together with the payment of the registration fees, which are 420 dollars, is sent to the USCIS (the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
  3. The guarantor keeps proof of all the management and is then notified of the resolution .

Obtain residency for work reasons

The US annually issues a maximum limit of 140,000 Green Cards. Therefore, certain priorities are taken into account:

  • Individuals who demonstrate exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
  • People who are professors or researchers stand out.
  • People holding executive and management positions.
  • People with a specific job offer.
  • Workers from very specific sectors .

How is this management carried out?

  1. In this case, the guarantor manages the request through the I-140 form
  2. Pay the registration fees (580 USD) and send everything to the USCIS
  3. Subsequently, and once the process has been resolved, the guarantor receives the notification of the status of the situation. If the application has been approved, the NVC (National Visa Center) informs about the procedures that must be done for the visa of the emigrant.

Win the Green Card Lottery

Annually the USA grants 55,000 more possibilities of residence for immigrants, from countries those countries with the lowest immigration rates.

To participate in this lottery you must do the following:

1. You register on the website U.S. Diversity Visa within the period in which it is open.

2. With your confirmation you will have a number that you must save.

3. With the confirmation number you can verify if you have won the lottery. If so, you can apply for your immigrant visa .

What is needed to renew permanent residence in the USA?

If you are a conditional resident who needs to replace or renew your permanent residence, you must submit one of the following forms:

American residency by marriage

If you have married outside the United States, you must apply for residency by marriage and adjustment of status at the consulate and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (USCIS).

If both of you have your residence outside of North America, whoever is a US national of the two must file Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) to be able to enter the country again. If approved, it is sent for processing and the consulate or embassy of the country of residence will notify the resolution.

If, on the other hand, the spouse already resides in the USA, they must apply for an adjustment of status or residency application with Form I-485 .

It is very important that the following documents are attached to these procedures:

  • Form I-130 and payment rate
  • Copy of civil marriage certificate
  • Copy of the certificates that show that the previous marriages of both are not valid:
    • Divorce certificate
    • Death certificate
    • Marriage annulment decree
  • Passport photos of both
  • If there has been a legal name change, a certificate verifying it

For the American national it is important that you attach the documents that confirm your nationality, always a copy never an original:

  • Valid US passport
  • Birth certificate or naturalization
  • citizenship certificate

Benefits and drawbacks of the Green Card in the US

The benefits of being able to reside and work permanently in the USA are many. We name the most important:

  • You can leave the US whenever you want and enter you will not have to ask for a VISA. Of course, you cannot be out for more than 6 months, because this is a condition for losing your Green Card.
  • People who have a Permanent Residence can request funding from the State. Even to carry out their studies. If it is granted, you will pay less than a person with a student visa.
  • Green Card holders who have worked more than 10 years and are able to retire have certain Social Security benefits.
  • In case you want to request a loan from the bank, you have the possibility of mortgaging your home.
  • Once 5 years have elapsed with your Permanent Residence, you can opt for US citizenship, through an exam.

Among the drawbacks that we can point out when talking about Permanent Residence, we name the most striking:

  • You have to renew the Green Card every 10 years and start the renewal process within 120 days of its expiration.
  • If a resident travels abroad, their stay outside the US should not exceed one year, it is even recommended to spend 6 months. Otherwise, you are exposed to the automatic removal of your residence.
  • Residents who want to access food stamps (State aid) must accumulate 40 credits in social security or a minimum of 5 years of making their contributions.

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