Immigration FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about marriage green cards and the U.S. immigration system

Immigration Basics

What is a green card?

What is USCIS?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is the government agency that oversees legal immigration to the United States. USCIS is primarily responsible for approving green cards, naturalization, work permits, travel permits, and other “immigration benefits.”

What is a lawful permanent resident?

Why would a green card application be denied?

Can I work in the U.S. while waiting for my green card?

What is the Visa Bulletin?

The visa bulletin, issued every month by the U.S. Department of State, shows which green card applications can move forward, based on when the I-130 petition that starts the green card process was originally filed. The visa bulletin exists because Congress caps the number of green cards that can be issued each year in certain categories, which has created several backlogs.

What is a biometric screening?

Marriage Green Cards

Common Forms

Special Issues

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