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Green Card - Registry - Frequently Asked Questions


Who is ineligible to apply for permanent residence based on Registry?

You are ineligible for permanent residence based on Registry if:

  • You have at any time engaged in terrorist activities
  • You failed to appear at a removal hearing
  • You failed to depart the U.S. after agreeing to voluntary departure

How do I apply for Green Card based on Registry?

You must submit the following documents while applying for permanent residence based on Registry:

  • A completed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Filing fee
  • A completed Form G-325A, Biographic Information
  • Evidence that you have continuously resided in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1972

Note: You must establish that you are eligible and that Registry should be granted in the exercise of discretion.

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Where should I apply for Registry?

You must apply to the USCIS district office having jurisdiction over the place of your residence.


Will I get a work permit if I have applied for Registry?

Yes, if you are inside the U.S. and have filed Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, you are eligible to apply for a work permit while your case is pending. You should use Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to apply for a work permit.

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