A citizen of another country must have some type of Visa that allows them to live and work in the United States. The most common Visa is the Immigrant Visa, which is more popularly known as
the "Green Card." This card is issued by the United States government to citizens from other countries and allows them to live and work in the United States, although the Green Card is only
valid for ten (10) years from the date of issue.
Usually Green Cards are issued to family members related to United States citizens, although there are some very specific rules and priorities related to whether a person can apply for, and
be granted, a Green Card.
Since a Green Card is only valid for ten (10) years, an applicant must reapply before the expiration of this period. In most cases, it is better for the Green Card holder to consider
applying for naturalization to become a citizen of the United States, if he/she wants to remain permanently in the US. There are some disqualifying factors that may prevent a person from being
granted permission to become a naturalized US citizen, which we will review in this section.