There’s a lot to understand about the United States and its immigration laws. Because of the many laws and changes, many legal concepts get muddied.
It’s not uncommon for a few misconceptions to spread around under the assumption that they’re real. Here, you can find several common myths about green cards and green card applications debunked:
Myth #1: You can’t enter the U.S. with a criminal record
Truth: While there are a few exceptions, typically, you have to be honest about your criminal record to gain access to a green card. Hiding a criminal record may not only cause difficulties when seeking a green card but may also create a deportation claim.
Myth #2: There’s only one way to get a green card
Truth: There are several ways to get a green card. For example, you could get a green card after receiving a work or education visa or through marriage or family relations.
Myth #3: You don’t have to wait for a green card.
Truth: Typically, it takes several years to gain a green card. Not only is there a wait time for a green card, but because of how many people immigrate each year, the application process may take longer.
Myth #4: A green card doesn’t expire
Truth: Green cards do expire. As such, you’ll have to renew your green card status before it expires in order to avoid complications with immigration.
Myth #5: You don’t need legal help for a green card
Truth: There can be many complicated matters when it comes to getting a green card. Immigration laws can be tricky to navigate without someone who’s experienced with the law.