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If your green card application is pending, you may be wondering about how to handle things while you wait. For example, what if you change addresses or need to leave the country? Read on to learn the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding green card applications.

What are the benefits of obtaining a green card?

A green card provides immigrants with a number of opportunities. Some of the benefits include an increase in employment possibilities, applying for a driver’s license, and applying for a Social Security Card. Additionally, if you would like to travel out of the country for less than a year, a green card will provide you with admittance back into the United States.

What if I move while my case is pending?

Sometimes, things happen and you cannot always stay in one place. Those who move while their case is still pending are required to update their addresses with USCIS within 10 days of the move. This is because important information will frequently be mailed to you during this time. Those who fail to update their addresses will likely miss out on critical information, which can impact your case. You can update your address through your USCIS online account, or you can file through Form AR-11, Alien’s Change of Address Card, with the USCIS Change of Address webpage.

Can I check the status of my case?

In order to obtain information regarding your application, you can visit the USCIS’s Case Status Online page and enter your Form I-485 receipt number to check on your pending case’s status, submit a case inquiry with USCIS, or call USCIS at 800-375-5283.

What if I need to leave the country while my case is pending?

People who need to leave the United States while their case is pending must first file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. It is necessary that you understand that in most cases, if you leave the United States without an advance parole document while your Form I-485 is pending, you will not be granted a green card because you abandoned your application.

While the process of obtaining a green card can be arduous, it is extremely beneficial. If you have any questions about submitting your green card application or what to do while your application is pending, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case with an experienced immigration attorney.

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