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Green Card

Obtaining a Green Card can be a very delicate and difficult process for many people. Having a Green Card, allows an intending immigrant to permanently live and work in the United States. There are various methods to becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident and achieving a Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card). Each method will vary depending on your individual situation, and where you stand in the process of applying for a Green Card. Below are categories of eligibility depending on the immigrant category you are applying under that we currently assist:

How can I get a Green Card through a family member?

There are several ways to get a Green Card. Outlined below are the most common routes for obtaining a Green Card through a family member:

Adjustment of Status: The process to apply for a Green Card when you are present in the United States as an immigrant.

General Requirements:

  • You need to be in the United States at the time of filing your Adjustment of Status Form

  • Determine if you are eligible to apply under one of the categories below:

    • Be an immediate relative of a U.S Citizen. This includes:

      • Spouse of a U.S. Citizen

      • Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. Citizen

      • Parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old

    • Fall under the Other Relative of a U.S. Citizen or Relative of a lawful Permanent Resident under the Family-Based Preference Categories

      • First preference (F1) - unmarried sons and daughters, 21 years of age and older, of U.S. citizens;

      • Second preference (F2A) - spouses and children (unmarried and under 21 years of age) of lawful permanent residents;

      • Second preference (F2B) - unmarried sons and daughters, 21 years of age and older, of lawful permanent residents;

      • Third preference (F3) - married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens; and

      • Fourth preference (F4) - brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older).

    • Fiancé(e) of a U.S. Citizen of the Fiancé(e)’s child

    • Widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen

  • Needs to have been inspected and admitted or inspected and paroled by Immigration into the United States

  • Be admissible to the U.S.

  • File a petition and have it approved

  • File appropriate forms

  • Go to all interviews (if applicable)

  • Wait on approval and receive your Green Card

Consular Processing: The process for seeking legal permanent residence (Green Card) through a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the immigrant’s home country. 

General Requirements:

  • You need to be outside of the United States at the time of filing

  • Determine if you are eligible to apply under one of the categories below:

    • Be an immediate relative of a U.S Citizen. This includes:

      • Spouse of a U.S. Citizen

      • Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. Citizen

      • Parent of a U.S. Citizen who is at least 21 years old

    • Fall under the Other Relative of a U.S. Citizen or Relative of a lawful Permanent Resident under the Family-Based Preference Categories

      • First preference (F1) - unmarried sons and daughters, 21 years of age and older, of U.S. citizens;

      • Second preference (F2A) - spouses and children (unmarried and under 21 years of age) of lawful permanent residents;

      • Second preference (F2B) - unmarried sons and daughters, 21 years of age and older, of lawful permanent residents;

      • Third preference (F3) - married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens; and

      • Fourth preference (F4) - brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older).

    • Fiancé(e) of a U.S. Citizen of the Fiancé(e)’s child

    • Widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen

  • File a petition and have it approved

  • Pay all fees to the National Visa Center

  • Go to all interview/Appointments

  • Pay all USCIS Immigrant Fees

  • Receive Green Card after you have arrived in the United States

How can I get a Green Card through a U.S. employer? EB-3

Obtaining a Green Card through an employer begins with sponsorship from the employer who is offering a position within their company. In this lengthy process, an intending immigrant can obtain a Green Card or Lawful Permanent Residency through a U.S. employer and work in the United States. Outlined below is the process of getting a Green Card though an employer:

General Requirements:

  • Must be Initiated by a U.S. employer

  • Must wait until there is a Visa available

  • Must fit into one of the Employment Based Preference Immigrant Categories listed below:

    • First Preference (EB-1): priority workers with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics; outstanding professors and researchers; or certain multinational managers and executives.

    • Second Preference (EB-2): members of professions holding advanced degrees or who have exceptional ability (including requests for national interest waivers).

    • Third Preference (EB-3): skilled workers, professionals, or other workers.

For detailed requirements based on your specific need, please contact our offices to further discuss how we can help you.

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