If you are starting the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident in the United States, then you will be required to fill out Form I-551.
Form I-551 was formerly known as a Green Card, which is a document that authorizes you to immigrate to the United States as a lawful permanent resident.
The Green Card is proof of your immigration status and allows you to live and work in the US permanently. It is valid for a maximum period of 10 years and must be renewed before it expires.
Form I-551 is processed usually between a period of 6 months to a year.
How to Fill Out Form I-551?
There are 4 main categories of this form that you can choose from based on your situation:
- Immediate Relatives of US Citizens
- Employment-Based Visas
- Green Card Lottery
- Refugees and Asylum Seekers
You must attach the following documents to your application:
- Valid passport
- Birth Certificate
- Financial Documents
- Form I-90 Receipt
- Proof of Permanent Residency
- Appointment Notice