A green card gives many immigrants the opportunity to seek employment and residency in the U.S.
However, many immigrants and green card holders are misinformed about their rights. You may need to read the following if you or someone you know is applying for a green card:
Debunking common green card myths
Myth 1: You can get green cards only one way
Truth: One of the most common ways to get a green card may be through marriage. However, there are various ways to get a green card. For instance, a qualifying family member or employer might sponsor you. Immigrants seeking asylum or victims of abuse may also apply for a valid green card.
Myth 2: Getting a green card is easy
Truth: Getting a green card is rewarding, but it’s not as easy to acquire as many would believe. For instance, for an employer to sponsor an immigrant, they may need to prove that there are no US citizens who are readily available and qualify for the job.
Myth 3: Getting a green card makes you eligible to vote
Truth: A green card gives holders a lot of opportunities, but it doesn’t mean they have the same rights as citizens. For starters, green card holders don’t have the right to vote during elections until they are legally registered as U.S. citizens.
Myth 4: Green cards last forever
Truth: Much like a driver’s license, green cards expire. A green card could expire after 10 years or after 2 years depending on the way an immigrant receives their card.
Myth 5: You can’t be deported with a valid green card
Truth: There are many ways a green card holder could be deported. An immigrant could be deported if their green card expires or if they are charged for a crime.
Immigrants facing deportation or applying for green cards may need to understand their legal rights.