You’ve hired an attorney and worked through all the necessary steps. After waiting in anticipation, your U.S. permanent resident card (green card) arrives. Although it is certainly a reason to celebrate, the arrival of your green card does not signal an end to effort required to remain in the United States.


As with any governmental program, the green-card program is complex and will require some continued action on your part to ensure that you remain a legal resident in the country. Below, you’ll find three things that every green-card holder should know.

If you haven’t applied for a green card yet but are planning to, we encourage you to call our offices as soon as possible. At the O’Brien Law Group we have more than 15 years of experience helping our clients obtain green cards in Louisville.

Our service is simple and effective. We ensure that your application is in perfect order so that you are not rejected for a mistake or other preventable reason. We also help you determine which program will best suit your needs and give you the best chance of obtaining your green card. We can help with everything from employment immigration to student visas and family immigration. To schedule a consultation, Call Us At 502-400-7890 Today!

1. Understand And Honor Your Responsibilities

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) advises that permanent residents are required to follow all U.S. laws, both state and federal. If you are unsure about the legality of any action that you plan to take, research the pertinent laws first or consult with your attorney.

Also, you must file your taxes each year in order to remain living in the United States. Failure to do so can result in heavy fines, legal action and even deportation.

2. Renew Your Permanent Resident Card

Green cards expire after 10 years, so you should make sure to meet all deadlines for renewal. You can begin the renewal process six months before the card is set to expire. There is a chance that your application will be denied. If it is, make sure to speak with an immigration attorney right away to begin an appeal.

3. Exercise Caution When Travelling Overseas

You are permitted to travel overseas while holding a green card, but long stays can put your status as a permanent resident in jeopardy. Generally, you are not permitted to remain outside of the United States for longer than a year.

When you reenter the country, you will be required to present photo identification along with your unexpired green card, so don’t leave it at home.

The process of applying for and retaining a U.S. green card is often confusing. We know that the stakes are high for you and your family, which is why we are committed to offering our clients the best possible legal advice and representation at every step of the process. To speak with an attorney about your application, Call Us At 502-400-7890 Today!





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