Ann Arbor, MI asked in Business Formation and Immigration Law for Virginia

Q: Can a green card holder have their own business in the US?

I am a Canadian citizen married to a US citizen, but in the process of getting divorced now. I started my own business and I don't want to have to wrap it up and go back to Canada. Does my green card allow me to continue living in the US and continue my business?

1 Lawyer Answer
Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman
  • Stafford, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: The short answer is yes, a green card allows you to continue living and working in the US. The warning, however, is that a green card obtained by marriage could be "conditional" and require you to renew and submit certain documents after two years. Review your documents to see if you are a conditional permanent resident, and consult with an attorney about what steps to take next if you are.

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