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4 Important Things to Consider When Applying for a Green Card

November 22, 2021

To begin, what is a green card? Officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, it is proof of a person’s lawful permanent residency in the United States. A green card demonstrates that the cardholder is living in the United States legally. The United States government has therefore granted the green card holder the authorization to live and work in the country permanently. There are several different ways that a person can apply to receive a green card so that they can be a permanent resident of the United States. The ways in which a person can receive a green card is through employment, holding the status of a “special immigrant” like a religious worker, or for humanitarian reasons like having status as an asylee or refugee or being a human trafficking or crime victim. These paths are just a few of the many ways one can obtain a green card. But one of the most common ways people can obtain permanent residency is through a family member. If the person seeking this status is an “immediate relative” of the citizen or permanent resident, then they could be eligible to obtain a green card through that relative. According to the United States government’s US Immigration and Citizenship Services, an immediate relative is defined as the spouse of a U.S. citizen, the unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen, or the parent of a U.S. citizen (21 years or old). Many times, this means that the family member can petition on their behalf. There are many people living in the United States and abroad whose parents have U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency. Clients frequently ask us during consultations if a parent with U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residency can petition to obtain permanent resident status, or a green card, for their child. Generally, the eligibility criteria of the adult child hinges on whether or not they are married and whether or not they are under the age of 21. Please see a breakdown below to determine whether a family-based petition filed for a green card by your parent on your behalf is an option for you. My parent is a U.S. citizen. Can they petition to obtain a green card for me? Yes. An immigrant visa or green card is immediately available for the children of United States citizens. For immigration purposes, children are considered “unmarried people under the age of 21.” If you are over the age of 21 and unmarried, you are eligible to seek residency in this manner. This category is known as “first preference” or F1. Keep in mind that you will have to wait for your priority date to become current before you can apply for your immigrant visa, so it is not immediately available. If you are over the age of 21 and married, which is known as third preference (F3),  you are also eligible to seek residency and obtain a green card in this manner. You will also have to wait for your priority date to become current before you may apply for your immigrant visa. My parent is a […]

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How to renew your Green Card?

November 15, 2016

The expiration or expiration of a Green Card does not mean that you are no longer a permanent legal resident of the United States. Unless you commit a crime that causes you to enter the list of deportable persons or stay abroad for longer, you will remain a permanent resident for life. To show the relevant authorities that you can live and work legally in the United States, in order to travel and return without problems, you just have to keep in mind the renewal times. When you have a 10-year Green Card it is very important to renew it immediately and if it expired or will expire in the next 6 months, it is important to consider these steps: Complete a renewal application online or by mail. Gather your supporting documents. Pay government fees, if necessary. Send your request and wait for your new green card. It is very important to consider the times since USCIS can deny your request and withhold your payment if you submit your request too soon. How do I check the status of my application? The status of your renewal application can be reviewed online only with your receipt number. In the event that your application for the renewal of the Green Card is denied and meets all the requirements, you will need the help of an immigration lawyer to review your application and file a motion. In these cases, the collaboration of a lawyer is important because you will not be allowed to appeal a negative decision of this Agency. Not as long as the law is met, there are situations in which the US government. UU. You could deny a Green Card renewal application.   The clearest example is having committed a crime or not paying the corresponding taxes. Although it also happens that your request is denied for lying or submitting an incorrect form. However, you will always receive a letter explaining the reason you were denied. Once you need the services of an immigration lawyer in Atlanta to file a motion, you can ask the USCIS office to consider reviewing your case again to examine your decision. To reopen your case you must present the evidence and documents by which you are eligible to renew your Green card. “When you appeal a decision to the AAO, the USCIS office that made the original decision will first review the appeal to determine whether you should take favorable measures and grant the requested immigration benefit. During this “initial field review,” the review office will treat the timely appeal as a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider and approve the request or request; or forward the appeal and the record of procedures related to the AAO to issue a new decision. ” USCIS – Appeals and Motions The review of the green card motion may take approximately 45 days. But, in case USCIS grants your request to the AAO (Office of Administrative Appeals) for further review, it may be ready within the first 6 months of your appeal. The Zambrano & Ruiz attorneys are aware of immigration laws and can know […]

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