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Can a foreign national get permanent residency without a green card. She will be retired and has no desire to work in the US.

Naperville, IL |

She will be a retired university professor with independent means. She already owns a home in the US.

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Generally you need either an employment or family relationship (or an active investment) to be able to reside in the US. Just coming is as a retired person, property owner or not, does not give someone a right to residency. If this person has the means, she may want to look into investment-based visas. I recommend consulting an attorney about more specific immigration options for her.

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Permanent Residency IS a Green Card. One cannot have one without the other - they are the same.

Samuel Ouya Maina, Esq. 415.391.6612 Law Offices of S. Ouya Maina, PC 332 Pine Street, Suite 707 San Francisco, CA 94104


I agree with my colleagues.

Law Offices of J Thomas Smith J.D., Ph.D 11500 Northwest Freeway, Suite 280 Houston, TX 77092 713-LAWYER-2 NOTE: Responses are for the education of the community at large and is not intended to be "legal advice." No attorney-client relationship is established by responses or comments.


Another name for a green card is a permanent resident card. It is for permanent residence-not just for working.

Dhenu Savla, Esq.
SwagatUSA, LLC

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