Assisting Clients with the Green Card Application Process
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) sets out certain categories of immigrants who might be eligible to obtain a green card, which means you will have lawful permanent resident status in the United States. If you are in an eligible category, you are admissible to the U.S., and you have an immigrant visa approved, you might want to apply for your green card.
Having a green card gives you many privileges that visa holders do not have. In addition, permanent residency provides a path to citizenship if that is your goal. If you are considering applying to be a permanent resident, you should seek the assistance of a green card attorney near you. The legal team at Minsky McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., in Chicago is ready to help.
Determining Your Eligibility
It is not cheap to submit a green card application, so you want to ensure that you are eligible before you apply. Green cards can be available based on:
- Family members in the U.S.
- Employment offers in the U.S.
- Claims of asylum or being a refugee
- Being the victims of crimes or human trafficking
- Being the victim of domestic abuse
- Being in a special immigrant category
Many applicants will need a specific sponsor – a family member or employer – to help them obtain the immigrant visa they need, which can allow them to apply for a green card.
The Application Process
Different categories of immigrants will have different requirements for green card applications. You need to determine your classification, which will determine which forms you need to complete and your specific eligibility requirements. If you are already in the U.S. on an immigrant visa, you might need to file for an adjustment of status. You might be able to file an adjustment of status petition at the same time your immigrant visa application is being processed.
Some steps in the application process might include:
- Complete and submit Form I-485, which is the Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
- Pay the filing fee, along with costs for biometric services if required for your application
- Submit all necessary supporting documentation and evidence with the application
- Ensure you file the paperwork with the correct location
The documentation for a green card application can be extensive, and mistakes can lead to substantial delays or a complete denial of your application and the loss of your filing fee. It is worth it to seek the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer who knows how to handle green card applications from start to finish.
If You Would Like to Become a Permanent Resident, Contact a Green Card Attorney Near You
If you or a family member is interested in obtaining a green card, it is critical that you set up a meeting with an experienced green card attorney near you. The law office of Minsky McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. are ready to help, so please contact us directly for assistance.