Green Card Lawyers in Cincinnati
Obtaining Lawful Permanent Residency for Clients
If you have a green card, you are a lawful permanent resident, and you can live and work in the U.S. permanently (so long as you renew your green card every ten years). While the path to citizenship is largely the same for every applicant, there are many different ways to obtain a green card, and our team at The Fleischer Law Firm LLC can determine which path is right for you.
How to Become a Lawful Permanent Resident
Your green card application process depends on many factors, including your location. If you are already in the U.S. lawfully, you can adjust your status to permanent residence without leaving the country. If you are abroad, you will need to obtain an immigrant visa through consular processing, and you will receive a green card once a CBP officer allows you to enter the United States at a port of entry.
You may be able to obtain a green card:
- Through family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
- Through U.S. employers
- Through investment in a U.S. commercial enterprise
- Through refugee/asylee status
- As a Special Immigrant (Iraqi/Afghan translator, international broadcaster, religious worker, etc.)
- As a Special Immigrant Juvenile
- As a victim of sex trafficking or other serious crimes
- Through the diversity visa program
- Under the Violence Against Women Act
- Through registry (continuous residence in the U.S. since 1971)
- Through other categories
Most green card applications are family-based or employment-based. In other words, a U.S. employer or a family member who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident must sponsor you by filing the petition on your behalf. Some applicants, such as immigrant investors, may self-petition (i.e. apply without a sponsor).
While each applicant will experience a slightly different process depending on their location and eligibility category, the process typically involves the following steps:
- You or your sponsor file an immigrant petition;
- After approval from USCIS, wait for a green card in your category to become available (different categories have certain numbers of green cards available per year);
- File a green card application with USCIS (if you are already in the U.S.) or a visa application with the U.S. Department of State (if you are outside of the U.S.);
- Provide your fingerprints, signature, and photo for a background check at a biometrics appointment; and
- Attend an interview.
If you obtain a green card, you will experience several powerful benefits. After a certain number of years, for example, you may be eligible to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization. You can also travel more easily outside of the U.S. without violating the terms of your status. Your options for employment will be nearly unlimited, and you will be protected by all local, state, and federal laws.
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At The Fleischer Law Firm LLC, we have developed a reputation for outstanding legal counsel and advocacy. Since 1973, we have helped countless individuals and families overcome barriers and accomplish their immigration goals. Whether you are working toward a nonimmigrant visa, a green card, or citizenship, we have the experience and personal commitment needed to help you succeed.
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