The difference between Green Cards and Visas

Green Cards

Green Cards are always issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office. Obtaining a Green Gard, unlike a Visa, is because you want to become a full-time legal citizen of The United States “Having a Green Card (Officially known as a Permanent Resident Card) allows you to live, work or study permanently in the America. The steps you must take to apply for your Green Card will vary depending on your personal situation.”

The process to obtain a Green Card is lengthy and must be started by a “sponsor” who is already a citizen of the USA unless you apply for your Green Card via the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery (also know as the Green Card Lottery)Permanent Resident Card

To be eligible to enter the Green Card Lottery, you must follow the 16 steps, All steps are very important, which is all the more reason you should always use a immigration service to assist you.
In 2017 1,183,505 people became lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as green-card holders, according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data.

How many Singles and Families apply for the Green Card Lottery?

For the DV-2018 program, 14.7 million qualified applications were registered (23.1 million people including spouses and children), this program is so popular that it had  a stunning 19 percent increase from the previous year. (The application number varies each year depending on which countries are eligible.)


A visa is a temporary permission to travel to the United State for one of many reasons.
We have listed  the different categories of visas:

  • Tourism & Visit
  • Study & Exchange
  • Business
  • Immigrate
  • Employment
  • Other visa Categories

All visas always have an expiration date stamped on the visa pages that are placed in visa holders passport, This visa must be shown to immigration when a visa holder enter  the USA

There are 38 visa-free countries where travelers from those countries do not need a visa to come to the United States as long as they have a passport.

Those countries include Canada, England, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Australia and South Korea, to name a few.

Travelers from 28 visa-free e counties don’t need a visa to visit to the USA but will need one if they intend to work in the country.

Where visas become confusing is there can be several different subcategories within the above listed categories.

For example, under the category “Temporary Worker Visas” there are 11 different types of visas.

The “Q-1 Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program” visa would be the area for sharing of the history, culture, and traditions of your home country through participation in an international cultural exchange program.

As all visa category is very complex its advised to always contact an immigration lawyer before you apply.

Most immigrant apply for Green card Program because it and easy pathway to become a legal citizen of United States.


You should always apply directly on US GREEN CARD OFFICE

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