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Brighton Permanent Residence (Green Card) Lawyer
If you want to become a permanent resident of the United States you will need to apply for a green card. Being a permanent resident isn’t the same thing as citizenship, but it does allow you to lawfully live and work in the U.S. for as long as you wish. Furthermore, after three or five years of permanent residence, you should be eligible to apply for citizenship.
If you or a loved one wants to obtain a green card, thus establishing permanent residency in the United States, it is very helpful to work with an experienced immigration lawyer.
The U.S. immigration system is complex and constantly changing; this has never been more true than it is today.
At the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr., our Brighton immigration law team has the knowledge, experience, and compassion to help you achieve your goal of becoming a permanent resident in the quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective manner possible.
Contact us today at (303) 880-7994 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
How to Become a Permanent Resident and Get a Green Card
There are multiple paths to permanent residency in the United States. The most common is family sponsorship, but every year, thousands of foreign nationals (citizens of another country) become permanent residents through other means. Read on for more information about the different ways to become a permanent resident of the United States.
Being the spouse or the child (under 21 years old) of a U.S. permanent resident or citizen, often provides the easiest way to become a permanent resident. But even if you are over 21 and your family sponsor is a sibling or parent, family sponsorship tends to be the most common method of obtaining permanent residency. Individuals designated in immigration law as “immediate relatives” can often get green cards more quickly than “preference relatives,” such as siblings.
If family sponsorship is not an option, but you have a certain set of skills and a U.S.-based employer willing to sponsor your immigration to this country, employer sponsorship is generally the next best path to permanent residency.
The wait time for employment-based visas to enter the United States varies, and the application process is extensive and quite complex, requiring a great deal of work from both the foreign national and the employer. Generally speaking, a foreign national will need to fit into one of the following categories to qualify for employment-based sponsorship:
Workers who are recognized as “outstanding” in their field, including award-winning scientists and technology experts, CEOs of multinational companies, and well-known artists and performers;
Educated foreign nationals who specialize in a field for which there are limited U.S.-based workers;
Certain types of religious workers.
If you qualify for an employer sponsorship, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced Brighton immigration attorney. Even minor mistakes can create delays and denials.
If you are granted asylum or refugee status because of persecution your home country based on race, religion, or nationality, you can apply for lawful permanent residency one year after you receive such status.
Also known as the green card “lottery,” diversity immigration is the process by which thousands of green card applicants are randomly selected each year. To be selected, the foreign national must be from a country with low immigration to the U.S., and must meet minimal education or employment requirements and be free of immigration violations and any criminal history.
Why You Need a Brighton Green Card Lawyer
The paths to permanent residency listed above are far from exhaustive; every year foreign nationals also immigrate to the U.S. to study, as members of the media, as foster children, and to escape domestic abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of abuse and violence. But the U.S. immigration system is extremely complex and attempting to proceed without the help of an experienced immigration lawyer often leads to unnecessary delays and expenses, overwhelming stress, and outright denials.
Whether you are in the early stages of obtaining an immigrant visa to enter the United States, ready to apply for a green card, or wish to become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization, an immigration attorney can guide you through the process and ensure that you achieve your goal in the quickest, easiest, most affordable way possible.
Contact the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. Today
If you wish to obtain a green card and become a permanent resident of the United States, the skilled legal team at the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. can help. We have been protecting the rights of clients in Brighton and the surrounding areas for more than 15 years.
When it comes to immigration law, there is no all-encompassing category for people who want to become permanent residents; to be eligible, you will have to fit within one of the highly-specific categories created under U.S. immigration law. With each category having its own specific requirements and with the current immigration climate in the U.S., having an experienced attorney by your side is more important than ever.
Don’t attempt to navigate this difficult process alone; we can help. Contact the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. today at (303) 880-7994 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.