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What happens after an immigrant applies for a green card

Immigrants applying for permanent residence in Indiana and the rest of the United States have certain steps to take after they receive their decision. If their application is accepted, they will be mailed a “green card” that establishes them as a permanent resident of the U.S. However, if they don’t receive the card or welcome notice within 30 days, they should contact the USCIS Contact Center.

If the individual moves to another house before they receive their card, that can interrupt the process. The person should always notify the USCIS contact center before they move to ensure that their card is sent to the right address. They can also get in touch with the contact center if they feel that there was an error during processing, they need to file additional paperwork, or they have questions about immigration law.

Before the card arrives, the individual might receive a temporary document or a stamp in their passport. Residents can use this documentation to apply for work in the U.S. as well as apply for a driver’s license or Social Security card. They can also use this documentation if they plan to travel outside of the country for less than 12 months.

If the case was denied, the individual will receive a notice informing them of the decision. They may be able to appeal their case, but appeals are only available in certain situations.

Individuals who are seeking permanent citizenship may wish to speak with an attorney about immigration law. An attorney might help them navigate the path to citizenship as well as figure out ways to avoid deportation if their case is denied. The attorney may also be able to answer any questions they have about refugees who are seeking asylum and work to help individuals bring the rest of their family members to the U.S.