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October 29, 2021
October 29, 2021


If you’re applying for a Permanent Residence Card, you are in fact applying for a Green Card. To do so, that is, to qualify for permanent residence, you must first check whether you are eligible under one of the acceptable categories as listed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

The ways that you could apply for a Green Card could be through a relative who is a U.S. citizen, through employment, applying under the status of a special immigrant/refugee/asylee and several other routes. There is also the option of participating in the DV Lottery

A Permanent Residency card indicates that one is legally and permanently residing in a country and specifically to the U.S., can live and work there. It should also be noted, the having a Green Card brings you one step further to becoming an American .


People often misuse these two terms – though they mean very different things. While it is true that both grant the right to live and work in the U.S., one should know how they differ. For instance, not every citizen is necessarily a permanent resident and vice versa. Permanent Residency indicates that a person lives in a country, but they may have a citizenship of a different country.

In the U.S. there are limitations as to the rights that permanent residences have. For instance, a permanent resident cannot vote. Furthermore, you may lose your permanent residency if prosecuted – while it is very hard, or rather close to impossible, to lose your citizenship.


There are several circumstances under which a person can be a U.S. citizen. The first, naturally, is by being born in America. You can also become a U.S. citizen if your parents are or have been American citizens

If you are not any of the above, however, then you would have to go through a process known as naturalization. To become qualified for naturalization you must be over 18 years old and possess a Permanent Residency card (known as a Green Card) for at least 5 years. This period is substantially shorter if you are married to a U.S. citizen.

Once you’ve hit that 5-year mark, you can apply for citizenship, and based on your record (assuming you did not commit any felonies or have been arrested) and passing the U.S. history and government exam, you may accept citizenship and successfully complete your naturalization process. Of course, you may apply after the five-year mark has passed; in fact, anytime between the 5-year-mark and the 10-year-mark in which your Green Card expires

October 29, 2021
October 29, 2021

Country Of Origin Eligibility

This criterion applies to the country in which you were born. In other words, only natives from specific countries meet this requirement. This is the minimal requirement for qualifying to register to the Diversity Visa Lottery. Usually, the ineligible countries are such that have a “high-admission”.
If your country of origin is not listed, there are two other ways that may still be eligible:

  • If your spouse is a native of one the listed countries. Assuming that you are applying together, your spouse could be the main applicant.
  • If both of your parents are natives and were born in one of the eligible countries, despite your country of birth being ineligible.

Education and Work Eligibility

The second requirement refers to the education or work experience the applicant should have. This requirement is assessed through the submission of relevant documents. Similar to the first criterion, if you do not meet this requirement but your spouse does, they could be the main applicant. It should also be noted that only the principal applicant needs to meet this criterion.

To quality for this, you should have one of the two:

  • A high school education, meaning, the completion of a formal course of studies which is equivalent to 12 years of basic elementary and high school education in the U.S.
  • Two to five years of work experience in an occupation defined by the U.S. Department of Labor as such. These occupations often require a minimum of a two-year training or equivalent experience

One cannot submit a request if they do not meet at least one of these criteria. If you do not meet one of these requirements, you will have to consider completing your high school diploma or acquiring a course that is regarded as equivalent to 12 yeas of basic elementary.

Green Card Photo Requirements

After you have met the previous requirements, you will be asked to submit photos (sometimes of your spouse and children too). The requirements for this photo might overly complex, and if not done properly, might even cause disqualification. So, here is a list – make sure you check it twice!

  • The background must be plain and bright – white is the best. No shadows.
  • You must face the camera, with your face and head completely visible, comprising about 50% of the entire photo.
  • Head coverings (hats, scarves and so on) are not permitted if they cover parts of your face.
  • Glasses are not allowed – sunglasses and visual aids.
  • The photo should have a minimum color depth of 24 bits.
  • The photo cannot be in black and white.
  • Digitally editing the photos according to one of these requirements or for any other reason, is prohibited.
October 29, 2021
October 29, 2021


America is a huge continent with 50 states and thousands of cities and towns. The best thing about it, is that there’s every possible option that you could possibly dream of. From a cold and icy climate in the north and all the way to the hot and tropical dessert, you can have your pick. Plus, you have the luxury to choose what type of lifestyle you’d like to have according to the area you live in.

For instance, are you looking for that urban big-city experience? Everyone knows America has some of the most impressive and dazzling metropolitan in the world. How about a suburban country life, with the front and backyard, and that small-town American charm? No problem, the US has gorgeously picturesque small cities and suburbs. What about nature? Well, America has plenty of that too. Lakes, rivers, natural reserves, woods, and endless forests – it’s all up to you and what kind of life you’d like to lead.

If you’re undecided, and we admit there are a lot of options, we invite you to consult one of our e-books that cover all these topics and more. From the best locations for family life, through household expenses, an all the way to choosing your ideal hometown in the US.


Once you arrive in the US, you will need to open a bank account. Now, banking is sometimes complicated even when you’re in your own country. So here how’s American Banks work. There are several types of banks you can choose from. There are commercial banks, that provides service to businesses (you can learn more about these in our Business Program-book), there are savings banks, where you can create savings accounts, there are savings and loans banks, and credit unions.

When you open your bank account you will have two types of accounts. One is known as a checking account and the other as a savings account. The checking account is where you’ll receive your paychecks, draw money, make purchases and pay your bills. Also, you will have a checkbook and a bank card for this account. In your savings account, you will deposit long-term funds, that will accumulate interest rates. Of course, these rates vary according to the bank you choose. Make sure that you choose your bank wisely and do your research!


You may have seen it in the movies or TV shows but American culture is very distinct. When you immigrate to the US, you have to be ready and be willing to accept what may seem as a very different culture. For instance, you might have to adjust to the weather, or to the customs, or even to the food. But remember, it’s all part of the experience. While you might choose to live among a community of immigrants from your country, it’s crucial that you are aware to the local culture.

For instance, American holidays are not so much religious as they are focused around family and culture. The biggest and most important and celebrated holidays are Christmas, the 4th of July (Independence Day), Halloween and Thanksgiving. Though the majority of the population in the US identifies as Christians, very few attend churches or practice their beliefs. They are, however, a rather patriotic nation – meaning that they tend to be more politically involved and aware of the political climate around them.

Of course, there are other aspects of American culture that you should be aware of, such as what are considered good manners, the appropriate way to greet new people, education, health system and so much more. But some of those things you’ll have to either read in one of our programs’ e-books or learn along the way – that’s simply part of the magic!


In the US, all children from the ages of 5-8 must attend school. Though some children are home-schooled by their parents or tutors, this must be reported. The first school, which children attend between the ages of 5-12 is known as primary school. Once completing their education at primary school, they move on to secondary school which is divided into two programs: middle school and then high school. Overall, to receive a diploma, children will have to attend school for 12 years in order to graduate.

After this, students usually go to college – which is referred to as higher education. College lasts between 3-4 years, depending on the chosen program. After this, college graduates might choose to continue to an advanced degree at the university. This depends on your grades – which are graded in the US by a system known as GPA. Your GPA determines whether you can enter a more advanced degree, whether you can enter a more prestigious institution. You can read more on this in our designated Student e-book, designed and created for immigrants wanting to study in the US.