Apply for USA Green Card || Green Card Application Process 2021/2022
Before starting the application process, there are two questions that you should answer first:
U.S. immigration laws provide a variety of ways for people to apply for a Green Card. The eligibility requirements may vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying under. Go to our Green Card Eligibility Categories page to see all the possible categories you can apply under and what the eligibility requirements are.
Most people who apply for a Green Card will need to complete at least two forms—an immigrant petition and a Green Card application (Form I-485). Someone else usually must file the petition for you (often referred to as sponsoring or petitioning for you), although you may be eligible to file for yourself in some cases. Here are the most common forms:
Other petitions include:
Refer to your eligibility category to see if you need a petition.
If you are eligible to apply for a Green Card, you then need to determine which process to use – adjustment of status or consular processing.
|Where are you?||What application process to use||Your next steps|
|In the United States||Adjustment of status with USCIS|
Go to our Adjustment of Status page for more information about the process of applying for a Green Card in the U.S.
Please see our video on updates to Form I-485.
|Outside the United States||Consular processingwith the U.S. Department of State||Go to our Consular Processing page for the next steps|
The steps you must take to apply for a Green Card will vary depending on your individual situation. However, here is the general application process that most applicants will go through:
If you already submitted a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and your case is pending with USCIS, go to our While Your Green Card Application Is Pending with USCIS page for more information on checking your case status, updating your address, and making appointments with USCIS.
If your USPS tracking information shows your package was delivered but you have not received it, contact your local post office immediately. Remember, we will mail your card or travel document to the address you provided on your application (unless you told us to mail it your representative on Form G-28, Notice of Entry or Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative).
If your mailing address changes after you file your application, you must update your address with USCIS and USPS as soon as possible. We recommend you use the USPS Look Up a ZIP Code tool to ensure that you give USCIS your full address using the standard abbreviations and formatting recognized by USPS.
If you don’t update your address promptly, your case could be delayed, your document(s) could get lost, and you may need to reapply and pay the fee again.
|Type of Opportunity||Scholarships and Fellowships|
|Open to||All Nationalities|