Green Card Status: How to Check It

The following information may be helpful in understanding the process of checking green card status. If you are not sure what your alien registration number is, please refer to this list of acceptable documents that can be used to verify identity.

If you do not have an alien registration number, it is possible that you are not yet registered with USCIS or that your application has been denied and the denial notice was returned to sender. You will need to contact USCIS directly for assistance.

If you do not know where your receipt number is, please contact the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD: 1-800-767-1833) for assistance.

Why should I check my green card status?

Green card status is a term for the current legal status of an individual who has been granted lawful permanent residency in the United States. This is different from naturalized citizenship, which is conferred by Congress.
The Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues green cards to those who have been approved as a permanent resident of the U.S., meaning they are able to live and work without restrictions.
Why should I check my green card status?
You may want to check your green card status if you need to renew or replace your green card, or if you might be eligible for some form of adjustment of immigration status. If you need additional help you can contact an immigration lawyer.

How to check your green card status in the United States

You can find out your green card status by entering your alien number on this website:
If you don’t have an alien number, then you can enter the receipt number that was given to you when you entered the country and it will show up with your name and date of entry.
If you are not sure what either of these numbers is, then contact USCIS for further assistance at (800) 375-5283 or visit an office near you. Additionally an immigration lawyer can guide you through the process.

Why do people want to know their green card status?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues green cards to allow a person to live and work in the United States. There are different types of green cards, such as a permanent resident card or a conditional residence card. A conditional resident card is issued for two years, but it can be renewed after that time period expires. If you have a conditional residence card, you will need to periodically check your green card status because DHS has the right to revoke this type of visa if circumstances change.

What are the benefits of having a green card?

The benefits of having a green card are many, but primarily the ability to live and work in the United States. A green card is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To be eligible for a green card, you must have an approved petition that has been filed by your employer or family member on your behalf with USCIS. The following requirements must be met:

1) You must not have any disqualifying criminal record
2) You must be admissible to the United States
3) You must not intend to abandon your residence in another country
4) You cannot be coming to work for terrorist organizations or other hostile groups

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