In our last article, we talked about who was eligible for a Green Card. Now, we will talk about the process of obtaining a Green Card in the United States. The following information is general information we offer at no cost, but it should NOT be taken or used as legal advice.
In general, the application process involves these five steps:
The process of applying for your Green Card will vary somewhat depending on:
Adjustment of status is the process you can use to apply for your Green Card when you are present in the U.S. without having to return to your home country to complete the processing of your visa application. If you are outside of the U.S, you must obtain your visa through consular processing in your country. Here is how adjustment of status generally works:
Green Card holders have the right to live and work permanently in the U.S. They are protected by all laws of the United States, the state of their residence, and their local city rules. In addition, they have the right to petition for certain family members like spouses or unmarried children to immigrate to the U.S. as well.
Applying for Permanent Resident Status is both lengthy and complicated, and in a matter of such importance, you would be well-served to have a trusted legal advisor at your side to avoid the many potential pitfalls along the way. For over 60 years, our team of New York immigration attorneys at Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP, has helped people and businesses with U.S. immigration issues throughout the world. You can ask questions about Green Cards and visas by contacting us online or by calling 800-223-2814 today.
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