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Green Card for an Employee of the Panama Canal Company, the Canal Zone Government, or the U.S. Government in the Canal Zone
An employee of the Panama Canal Company, the Canal Zone Government, or the United States Government in the Canal Zone is eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) if they have an approved Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.
To qualify, the individual must have been one of the following, at the time the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 was enacted:
To apply for a green card while in the United States based on employment with the Panama Canal Company, the Canal Zone Government or the United States Government in the Canal Zone, you must file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
Supporting Evidence For Form I-485
If you are outside the United States, please see the “Consular Processing” webpage.
Work & Travel Authorization
Generally, when you have a pending Form I-485, it is possible for you to apply for authorization to work in the United States and to seek advance parole (advance permission to travel and be admitted to the United States upon your return). For further information, see the “Work Authorization” and “Travel Documents” webpages.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/02/2009