What is the next step after Green Card approval?
The next step in the application process will be getting your EAD ( Employment Authorization Document) and AP (Advanced Parole/travel authorization) combo card. The USCIS is currently taking 6-8 months to process and approve the combo card.
Can I travel immediately after getting Green Card?
The travel document usually arrives within 150 days (sometimes longer) after submitting your application. You can’t leave the country until you have your approved travel document in hand, so you should expect to spend the 3–5 months after submitting your green card application in the United States.
What’s next after I 485 approval?
Upon approval, the applicant is mailed a Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card. The date the Form I-485 is approved becomes the date of adjustment, which in turn determines how soon the newly adjusted Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) may apply for U.S. citizenship. Permanent Resident Cards are valid for ten years.
How long does it take to get SSN after Green Card?
You should receive your SSN card within two weeks after we have everything we need to process your application, including verification of your immigration document with the USCIS. If we are unable to immediately verify your immigration document with the USCIS, it may take two additional weeks to receive your card.
Can I stay more than 6 months outside US with Green Card?
Now you know the answer to “can I stay more than 6 months outside the U.S. with a green card?”. Yes, you can, as long as you only travel for a temporary purpose. Otherwise, you might be regarded as having abandoned your LPR status. Don’t be caught off guard when returning from your travels.
How long does a Green Card process take?
In most cases, it takes about two years for a green card to become available, and the entire process takes around three years.
Can I get a US passport with a Green Card?
Green card holders cannot obtain a United States passport unless they first become citizens. Green card holders can travel throughout the United States and U.S. territories without a passport.
Is having a Green Card the same as citizenship?
Green card holders can in theory stay in the U.S. indefinitely, but it’s not as secure a status as U.S. citizenship. The terms “permanent resident” and “U.S. citizen” are often confused with one another.
How do I know my i-485 is approved?
Go to our Case Status Online page and use your Form I-485 receipt number to look up your case status. Submit a case inquiry if you think your application is outside of our normal processing times. Call our USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283.