Legal permanent resident (LPR) status, which is commonly referred to as a “green card,” allows foreign nationals to permanently live and work in the United States.

LPR status can be acquired through one of four main ways: family sponsorship, employment, refugee or asylum status, or the diversity visa lottery.

To be eligible, applicants must have a qualifying immigrant petition filed and approved and wait for a visa to be made available. Would-be immigrants must also submit to several screenings. Applicants that fail the health screening, have a criminal history, present a national security concern, or raise concerns on any other grounds considered important may be denied admission.

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