For those who dream of immigrating to the United States, you are well aware that you must have a green card if you wish to become a permanent resident of this country. To apply for a green card, however, you must be eligible under one of several different categories.
If you are not eligible under any of the following categories, you might not be able to apply for a green card:
- Special immigrant
- Asylum or refugee status
- Victim of human trafficking
- Victim of abuse
Although these are the main categories under which most individuals applying for a green category must be eligible, there are a variety of other circumstances in which you might also be eligible. For example, the Cuban Adjustment Act allows Cuban natives or citizens or the spouses of Cuban natives or citizens to apply for a green card. Consult with an attorney to find out if you are eligible.
Applying for a Green Card
The process of filing for a green card is complex and can take years before it is successfully granted. Moreover, the U.S. Department of State only processes a certain number of green cards and visas every year, which is why the wait time is often so prolonged.
Depending on the basis of your eligibility or if a family member is bringing you to the U.S., you will need to produce different documents during the application process. While your case is pending, you can check online for updates, using your Form I-485 receipt to look up the status of your case.
What Happens After it is Granted?
If you are a permanent resident 18 years of age or older, you must have your green card on you at all times. Moreover, not all green cards have the same shelf life, so make sure you understand how frequently you must renew yours. If you lose your green card, you must apply to have it replaced as soon as possible. The process of replacing a green card is not as straightforward as it might sound, so make sure you secure legal assistance for this process as well. It is possible to have your application for a replacement green card denied, so make sure you get this done properly the first time to avoid having your application denied.
Speak to an Immigration Attorney and Apply for Your Green Card Today!
If you wish to apply for a green card, you will need an experienced green card attorney to guide you through this complex legal process. At the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden, our team will work with you to help you achieve your goals, so you can live and work in the United States. With more than three decades of experience in practicing immigration law, you can rely on our team to provide the exceptional legal advice you need.
Contact our law office today at (415) 300-2144 to set up a consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team to learn more about what is required to secure a green card.