A pale green—formerly white and salmon-coloured—document that identifies an immigrant as a permanent US resident and, for physicians in specialty training, allows them the option to stay in the US after finishing training
More than 3,000 families last year won the Green Card Lottery Program with the professional help of the USAFIS Organization, while in the last 14 years of service- about 44,000 families won the Green Card nomination.
Winners of the Green Card Lottery will then apply for a permanent residence visa either through their nearest consulate (consular processing) or within the United States through the Citizenship and Immigration Services (adjustment of status).
Common considerations should involve the timing of the assignment, when compensation is paid, when stock options are exercised, when assets are sold, whether green cards should be obtained, the judicious use of tax treaties and the assignee's personal financial situation.
Although Jimenez had come to this country legally when he was nine years old, and was in the final stages of becoming a citizen, federal authorities curtly informed him that his green card, obtained via his mother, was invalid because his mother's green card had turned out to be fraudulent.