Obtaining a green card, also known as lawful permanent resident status, is the gateway to fulfilling that dream. At Rebecca Black Immigration Law, we understand the intricacies and complexities of the green card application process. Our team of experienced immigration attorneys is dedicated to guiding individuals and families through every step of the journey, ensuring their path to permanent residency is smooth and successful.
What is a Green Card?
A green card is an official document issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that grants individuals the right to live and work in the United States permanently. Green card holders enjoy many of the same rights and privileges as U.S. citizens, with the exception of voting and holding certain government positions.
Paths to Obtain a Green Card
There are several ways to obtain a green card through legal channels. At Rebecca Black Immigration Law, we have the expertise to navigate each pathway and advise you on the best option based on your unique circumstances:
Work-Based Green Cards
- Employment-Based Green Cards: These green cards are granted based on your skills, qualifications, and achievements in your field. They can be categorized as:
- Achievement-Based: For individuals of extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, and those granted national interest waivers.
- Occupation-Based: For professionals in specific fields such as multinational executives, nurses, and physicians.
- Shortage-Based: For occupations facing labor shortages in the United States, including standard processing, reduction in recruitment, and PERM programs.
Investment-Based Green Cards
- Investment-Based Green Cards: Through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program, you can obtain a green card by making a significant investment in a U.S. business. Typically, this requires an investment of $500,000 or $1 million and the creation of 10 full-time jobs for U.S. workers.
Family-Based Green Cards
- Family-Based Green Cards: These green cards are available to spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Fear-Based Green Cards
- Political Asylum: If you fear persecution in your home country due to your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group, you may be eligible for political asylum and ultimately a green card.
Luck-Based Green Cards
- Visa Lottery Program: The Diversity Visa Lottery program annually awards green cards to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This is a random selection process, offering a chance for permanent residency to those fortunate enough to be selected.
How We Can Help you Get a Green Card
Our team of legal experts possesses the knowledge and experience to help you secure a green card through family sponsorship, employment, investment, diversity visa lottery, among other options. We can assist you with:
- Sponsoring family members, including spouses and unmarried children, for U.S. residency.
- Gaining employment in the U.S. as a highly skilled worker when no American workers can perform your job.
- Investing in a new business in the U.S. and employing local workers.
- Ensuring your safety and legal status in the U.S. if you’ve faced abuse from a U.S. citizen spouse or parent.
- Participating in the diversity visa lottery for a chance to obtain a green card through this annual opportunity.
Our lawyers will expertly guide you through the process, ensuring your interests are safeguarded every step of the way. We understand that maintaining your status as a legal permanent resident is paramount, and we’ll keep you informed about the steps required to sustain it.
Embark on the Path to Citizenship
A green card is just the beginning of your journey toward becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. Our legal team is here to demystify the process and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
We acknowledge the multitude of questions and concerns that arise during the green card application process. Here are a few common inquiries:
- Can I bring my family members? Immigrants have restrictions on sponsoring extended family members. Our immigration specialists will collaborate with you and your family members to clarify your rights and responsibilities when sponsoring a family member.
- Who can sponsor a green card? Green card holders can sponsor their spouses and unmarried children. However, the U.S. government limits the number of green cards available each year, potentially causing significant delays. Our immigration specialists will explore alternative avenues for family members seeking residency.
Rebecca Black Immigration Law: Your Bridge to the American Dream
We have the experience and knowledge to help you obtain a green card, paving the way for you to live and work in the United States. Contact us today to speak with one of our immigration specialists and take the first step toward realizing your green card dream.