Green card attorneys help individuals from foreign countries or those on temporary visas become lawful permanent residents. The card you are issued once you are a lawful permanent resident is literally green. This card entitles you to live and work in the U.S. The next step up from there is full U.S. citizenship.
The sheer complexity of U.S. immigration law makes it almost necessary to have a lawyer represent you. That being said, you are not required by law to have an attorney represent you. Having a Chicago green card attorney manage your case often streamlines the process for potential immigrants. We ensure that your paperwork is correct and your deadlines are met. We prepare you for interviews and anticipate any potential pitfalls in your application process.
For those who are already living and working within the U.S., you may have a number of options when it comes to applying for a green card. These options can be quite confusing and figuring out which one is best for you requires intimate knowledge of every choice. Those with family in the U.S. can apply for a family-based green card but might end up on a waitlist for several years. During that time, your visa may need to be renewed multiple times. At the same time, there may be an employer willing to sponsor your immigration. The Chicago green card attorneys at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan can help you weigh your options and expedite your change of status.
The government can use specific grounds to prevent someone from becoming a lawful permanent resident. When these grounds are present they will use this as a reason to deny an adjustment of status or admittance into the U.S. If you have drug or alcohol problems, have been accused or convicted of a crime, lack the proper vaccinations, or are likely to become dependent on public assistance, the U.S. can deny your application. However, there are also waivers available in some situations and other reasons for rejection can be rectified.
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan are proud to help foreign nationals find a home here in the U.S. We help those who are already here on visas adjust their status to lawful permanent residents and ensure that every obligation under the law is met during each stage of the process. Contact us today to set up an appointment and let us do the heavy lifting.