To qualify for Green Card in the USA there are different eligibility criteria. Some of the important categories of immigration process that can grant Green Card for foreigners are listed here.
Immigrant Category Eligibility:On a preference system a foreigner who want to become a permanent resident through his/her qualified family member with a job or employment or a special category will be classified. However, the immediate relatives of US Citizens are given highest immigration priority for permanent residence and there could only a few exceptions.
Family Based Immigration:The immediate relatives of American citizens who need not have to wait for visa to become available. Relatives who can get permanent residence quickly are:
Parents of a U.S. citizen.
Spouses of a U.S. citizen.
Unmarried children under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen.
Please note: Only 21 years old US citizens can applying for their parents.Other family members have to wait for a visa to become available to apply for permanent residency.
First Preference: Unmarried, adult (21 years or older) sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
Second Preference A: Spouses of permanent residents and the unmarried children (under 21 years)) of permanent residents.
Second Preference B: Unmarried sons and daughters (21 years or older) of permanent residents.
Third Preference: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, their spouses and their minor children.
Fourth Preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens, their spouses and their minor children.
Job or Employment Based:In this category, the immigration based on a job may help to apply for permanent residence when immigration number becomes available. Following is the order of preferences.
First Preference: Priority Workers, including aliens with extraordinary abilities, outstanding professors and researchers, and certain multinational executives and managers.
Second Preference: Members of professions holding an advanced degree or persons of exceptional ability (including individuals seeking a National Interest Waiver).
Third Preference: Skilled Workers, professionals and other qualified workers.
Fourth Preference: Certain special immigrants including those in religious vocations.
Fifth Preference: Employment creation immigrants (investors or entrepreneurs).
Refugee or Asylum Based Status:Refugees in the USA or qualifying spouse or a child of a refugee have to apply for Green Card 1 year after the entry. In case of an asylum and a qualifying spouse or a child of asylee you may apply after 1 year of the grant of asylum status. As per the US law, the refugees have to apply for Green Card 1 year after being admitted to the USA in refugee status.
Other Ways to Qualify:Some of the other ways to get green card will be if you are a Amerasian Child of a U.S. Citizen, American Indian born in Canada, Armed Forces Member, Cuban Native or Citizen, Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, Haitian Refugee, Help HAITI Act of 2010, Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act...
Benefits for Green Card Holders
Several benefits and few restrictions for Green Card Holders in America. Some of them are:
Green Card Holders in the USA can enter or leave America according to their wish without denial by the immigration officials at the port of entry. You have to keep track of entry and exit dates and should carry Green Card with you while traveling.
The Green Card has a lifetime validity, but a given Green Card will need renewal usually every 10 years.
There will be no worry for Green Card Holders regarding the employment sponsorship in America. Many jobs in the US has security clearance and only US citizens and Green Card holders can clear it easily.
If you are a Green Card holder and want to start a business then you will be allowed to start your own business, company or corporation.
You can apply for financial aid for education which will be sponsored by the government.
Those who have worked for a minimum of 10 years (40 quarters) in the USA have social security guaranteed for Green Card holders.
Except for the right of voting, Green Card holders can enjoy all legal rights as US citizens.
You can buy life or health insurance in America if you are a Green Card holder.
You can buy or sell properties, cars, weapons... as any other American citizens can do so in the USA.
New Green Card holders in the US are not immediately eligible for Medicare. During the interim period, till they are eligible for domestic coverage, it is advisable that they purchase medical cover for is available for Green Card holders. The plans offered on our website satisfy this requirements and some plans can even be renewed up to 5 years. There can however be some limitations under these plans such as limited coverage for pre-existing conditions and preventive care. Complete the form below to compare plans and quotes from several insurers to understand coverage details.
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Comprehensive plans pays for all expenses after the deductible and co-insurance component and are recommended given the high costs of health care in the US.
Under 65 years of age plan must be bought within 6 months of arrival in US.
Over 65 years of age plan must begin within 30 days of arrival.
This plan can be bought if the mailing address is an international address.
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#1 Maximum Coverage is the maximum eligible medical expenses that the plan will cover.
#2 Deductible is the amount of expenses that must be paid out of pocket before an insurer will pay any expenses.
Immigrant plans are long term plans with some being renewable up to five years, and they cover medical expenses incurred during sudden illness or injuries. Some plans like the Geo Blue Explorer can also cover pre-existing medical conditions and preventive care, but policy issuance is not guaranteed and needs have an underwriting approval.
The coverage offered under immigrant insurance plans can vary depending on the specific circumstances of new immigrants. Following are some of the eligibility criteria for green card holders:
Frequently traveling Green Card Holders (between the US and home country): Green card holders who travel to their home country or who may not be staying permanently in the USA are advised to buy insurance coverage. You should be aware that insurance plans will not provide coverage for preventative care (health check ups, vaccinations...) or has limited coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.
Green Card Holders permanently living in the USA: If a US green card holder is living permanently here then he or she is eligible for domestic health insurance plans. However this depends on the duration of stay in US. If you are below 65 years then you are eligible for domestic health insurance plans such as Blue Cross, Blue Shield, however they are usually eligible only after living in the US for 6 months or more. In this case also, purchasing insurance till they become eligible for domestic plans makes sense. For those above 65 years who are not yet eligible for Medicare or domestic health insurance, they can select the Global Citizen plan offered by HTH Worldwide or in some states the GEO Blue Explorer plan. Global Citizen and GEO Blue Explorer offers excellent coverage including pre-existing medical cover.
Recent Green Card Holders or New Immigrants: New immigrants who can be parents or family members who have recently arrived in the USA can buy insurance depending on the duration of stay. These plans can be purchased for the period till you are eligible for domestic health insurance.
Applied for Green Card and waiting: If your children/grandchildren have applied for Green Card and waiting you can buy insurance coverage which will be suitable for them.
Highlights of immigrant insurance plans
These plans can be purchased for a few days up to as long as 5 years.
Plans are renewable and available as monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annual increments.
Some plans can be enrolled even 24 months after arriving in the United States.
Immigrant insurance plans provide an interim bridge coverage till you are eligible for domestic health plans.
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Immigrant Short Term Insurance Coverage (5 DAYS - 12 MONTHS)
The US Green Card, also known as Permanent Resident Card is one of the most important document for immigrants in America. This document was formerly known as the Alien Registration Card. An immigrant is authorized to live and work in America on a permanent basis with a Green Card permit. The Green Permit is a process of becoming a permanent resident of United States and a proof of lawful permanent resident (LPR). The Green Card Holders will be officially granted rights to utilize immigration benefits in America.