A green card grants you the official immigration status of "legal permanent resident." You may apply for a green card only after you are approved for a visa and are given a "visa immigrant number." However, green cards do not necessarily mean you get to stay in the U.S. forever no matter what:
Most green cards have to be renewed after ten years. Click here to learn about green card renewal procedures. Furthermore, legal permanent residents may still be deported from the U.S. if they are convicted of certain deportable crimes. Click here to learn about deportable offenses in Nevada.
If you are outside of the United States when you receive a visa immigrant number, then you have to finish the application procedure for a green card at your local U.S. consulate. If you are already in the United States when you receive a visa immigrant number, you may apply to "adjust status" to become a legal permanent resident (which actually takes longer than consular processing). You can find the applications to adjust status here. Las Vegas residents can also go to the local USCIS office at 6175 South Pecos Road.
To learn more about green cards and the application process, click here.
- To learn about visas in Nevada, click here.
- To learn about naturalization in Nevada, click here.
- To go back to our immigration in Nevada main page, click here.
Call for help
If you or someone you know is a non-citizen who needs a criminal defense attorney in Nevada, phone our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a free meeting. We will research your case, negotiate with prosecutors, and do everything we can to help keep you in the country.