Green Card Through Registry
Registry is a section of immigration law that enables certain individuals who have been present in the United States since January 1, 1972 the ability to apply for a green card (permanent residence), even if they are currently in the United States unlawfully.
You may be eligible to receive a green card (permanent residence) under the registry provisions if you meet all of the following conditions:
To apply for a green card under the registry provisions, you need to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
Supporting Evidence for Form I-485
You should submit the following evidence with your Form I-485:
Note: An individual applying under the registry provisions is not required to undergo a medical exam.
Work & Travel Authorization
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 our Work Authorization and Travel Documents pages.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/23/2011