Obtaining a green card will open a world of possibilities. However, the process can be complex. As a result, it is important to adhere to the dos and don’ts of green cards. Read on to learn more.


  • Carefully follow the instructions on your Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms. Failure to do so may result in substantial processing delays.
  • Include all the documents required in the forms and provide proper translations where needed. USCIS will not process the forms if documents are missing.
  • Follow the USCIS photograph instructions.
  • Contact your local USCIS office. Be sure to visit the website or the office personally if you have inquiries.
  • Request an interpreter if you have trouble understanding English. Many USCIS offices have interpreters available.
  • Retain the services of an immigration attorney if you have been previously refused entry to the United States, deported, convicted of a crime, made misrepresentations to the USCIS, overstayed a visa, or are currently in the country illegally.
  • Be honest with your attorney about any of the above. Your immigration attorney is here to help you.


  • Commit any crimes. Certain criems will prevent you from obtaining a green card.
  • Engage in politically subversive activities.
  • Smuggle other foreign nationals into the United States.
  • Charge others for legal advice after you have gone through the process.
  • Leave the U.S. for too long. Doing so may result in the loss of your green card.
  • Lie on any USCIS forms or lie to USCIS officers.
  • Leave parts of your forms blank or assume that a part of the form is unimportant. If the information really does not apply to you, insert “N/A” or “none.” An incomplete form can delay the process.

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