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Old 06-05-2013, 08:24 PM
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One question always puzzles me, how does life change after receiving your green card? Other than not worrying about ease of job change, visa status and stamping.. folks who have already received there GCs, can they please share their life changing experiences after receiving their GCs?
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None.. Absolutely none.. its the same.. Life is not going to dramatically change. You are what you are before and after the GC..
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Not a GC holder yet.
But no lifestyle changes or whatsoever.

But just mentally and emotionally we'll feel a bit relieved, because you are out of all that "out of status", "lack of promo", "unable to change job", etc.

Nothing more than that. But for some people thats a BIG relief.
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Just got my GC card physically (yesterday). you know I took day off from work finally this week...thought about it...
Kinda relieved that for next 10 years, I can travel freely, I can work for anyone...it is great mental feeling...
Also, happy that I have a shot at overcoming these Sharks (consulting firms who file your GC process and hold you....I know that not all like that..) now...Working on it now
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GC for me is synonymous with Freedom, nothing more nothing less.
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the line for US residents at the airport goes alot faster than the vistor line. thats huge especially after a 24 hour trip
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I don't agree that the life doesn't change. For me, my perspective for life has changed. I don't live in fear about losing job. Now, I think I can do anything to support me and my family. I can move if required and also take multiple jobs, if required.

Also, for kids getting ready to college, there is a whole lot of advantages in terms of eligibility for student loans and scholarships (or at least that's what I have heard)
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For me its the other way around. For visitors and H1B holders there were 13 counters open and for GC holders only 2. So it took more time.Yes I had the time to count the number of counters.


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the line for US residents at the airport goes alot faster than the vistor line. thats huge especially after a 24 hour trip
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I've been a GC holder since August 2010. Here is my perspective on it:

1) You don't feel anything has changed immediately after getting the GC. Life seems to be like it was yesterday. You continue to work for the same company, working the same long hours etc.etc. But please read on.

2) I've an increased level of job security and overall well being. I've changed my job once since and know that I can switch anytime to anywhere without depending on something that is not under my control. Believe me, that's a great relief.

3) I don't have the financial insecurity I'd 3 years ago. I have taken and continue to take important financial decisions and getting deeply integrated with the system without constantly worrying about getting uprooted all of a sudden.

4) Travel is a breeze. I've been to India twice since then and to Mexico once on cruise. Apart from showing the paperwork, I don't have to answer to rude border agents on where I work and why have I come here and sometimes off color remarks that somehow I am responsible for the joblessness in America. I've certainly noticed the difference in attitude.

5) I can now do my MS/MBA while I work. I've been thinking about it for a while and would have certainly started it this year had my employer not slashed the budget. This is something I can take up easily on 2014.

6) My spouse is happier, has taken up a job and have added to my family's earnings without the added burden of getting the EAD renewed every year.

As you can see, none of these items alone would significantly alter your view one way or the other but they do certainly add up.

Good luck everyone!!
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Greencard increases ones social status in immigrant community. I have been to so many parties where people from one country come. The conversation somehow starts on greencard or H1B and then people want to know status. When you say you have greencard, your status increases. People want to be friends. They know you will more likely stay in the neighborhood for a long time as a settled person. So they invest in a relationship. H1B status is considered lower and F1 is lowest.

Other benefit is marriage. If you are a greencard holder, expect many offers from highly educated and good looking girls who are in US on F1 visa, or H1B visa.

Greencard is all about social status, professional security, independence, financial benefit etc.
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If you are on H1B visa or F1 visa, and an Indian expect difficulties in finding a bride in India. People have become smart there and know that your life will be in uncertainty for a long time. They do not like to marry their daughters. The old times of USA glamor is gone. People know the reality of H4 not able to work and drive. But if you say you have greencard and soon will become citizen, you will find many parents and girls responding to the ad. If you are a doctor, this will be a big cherry at the top and you will be in demand. This is the reality of life for those who are unmarried.

if you are unmarried and without greencard, life sucks. You will work harder and harder, pray everyday they you do not get laid off, do not invest in anything big, live frugally, do not enjoy life except going to Niagra and Grand Canyon with parents. hardly any parties. Feel sad when your friends get greencard or port to EB2.

Very few people open up about the pains of Greencard. They keep it deep inside and from the outside show that Greencard does not matter to them and are happy. Some will say they will go back to India or other country but nobody ever goes back. The ones who go back are 0.00001% of these immigrants. Even on this thread many will fear opening up. But it is a fact that everyone is desperate for greencard and come to this website at least once a day to see if IV posted an update.
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I never thought from that perspective. But it in fact is interesting...

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Greencard increases ones social status in immigrant community. I have been to so many parties where people from one country come. The conversation somehow starts on greencard or H1B and then people want to know status. When you say you have greencard, your status increases. People want to be friends. They know you will more likely stay in the neighborhood for a long time as a settled person. So they invest in a relationship. H1B status is considered lower and F1 is lowest.

Other benefit is marriage. If you are a greencard holder, expect many offers from highly educated and good looking girls who are in US on F1 visa, or H1B visa.

Greencard is all about social status, professional security, independence, financial benefit etc.
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