Green card is the authorization given to immigrants that allows them permanent residency in the United States and the naturalization of the immigrants to the laws of the US. The green card holders are lawfully permitted to seek and take up employment in the US, obtain residence and be subject to the laws and benefits that are accorded to US citizens. Green card is a coveted permission by people of many countries and the green card process refers to the procedure by which immigrants can obtain this status. The green card process includes many ways to obtain permanent residency but most of them are subject to a yearly numerical limit. The waiting period in some of the processes can run into many years and lot of other complications and hard ships. The easiest green card process that also does not have any limit on issuance is the process where resident US citizens can sponsor their immediate relatives for green card.
The sponsor method is the most popular and common way to get a green card. In this green card process, the United States resident, who is above the age of 21 can sponsor one or many of his immediate relatives. These relatives include: parents, spouse and children. Minors and adopted children also can be included in the list of immediate relatives. However, it must be noted that the green card process for adopted children can involve many more complicated processes in addition to the green card process. The sponsors are required to submit their application to the government authorities, along with the relevant documentation.
These documents are scrutinized and the sponsors might be asked for additional document. After this, the sponsors might also be asked to meet the authorities for an interview/discussion process. During this discussion, the status of the sponsor and the documents are thoroughly examined. After this the authorities would want additional documents that need to be submitted to them by the sponsored person. The sponsored person will have to undergo medical examination before an interview process. People who have cleared the medical examination are then subject to a round of interview which is a thorough examination of the sponsored and also a re-verification of the documents and status of the sponsored vis a vis the sponsor. Upon approval, the green card is issued to the sponsored. This green card process might sound cumbersome and long drawn out but when compared to the other processes, it is easy and completed within a short period of time.
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