Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) is a person who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card." A person can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylum status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, a person may be eligible to file without sponsorship.

Each Duke employee seeking employment-based permanent residency should discuss this option with the department’s designated Visa Services Contact. The Duke Visa Services contact will follow the required procedures to determine if the department will pursue this option for the employee.

General information on how to obtain Lawful Permanent Residency or the Green Card process can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Services' Green Card webpage.

General information on United States Citizenship can be found on the Citizenship and Immigration Services' U.S. Citizenship webpage.

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