Annandale Green Card Lawyer
Applying for a Green Card or Adjustment of Status
A green card is a legal document that allows you to live and work in the United States indefinitely as a “lawful permanent resident.” There are several ways to obtain a green card, including through family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, and adjustment of status. You may also qualify for a green card in a number of special categories.
Applying for a green card can be a complex and difficult process. At Escobar Law Offices, we help immigrants, families, and employers with all aspects of the green card process. Led by Attorney Janet A. Escobar Ntwadumela, our team offers a personalized approach as we advocate tirelessly for our clients.
Who Qualifies for a Green Card?
To become a lawful permanent resident, you must obtain a green card, and to obtain a green card, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a green card under one of several categories.
- Family Eligibility: To obtain a green card through your family, you must prove that you meet certain family-related eligibility requirements. For example, if you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, the unmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen, the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen admitted to the U.S. on a K-1 visa, or another eligible family member, you may qualify for a green card.
- Employment Eligibility: Employment-based green cards are granted to qualifying immigrant workers who demonstrate extraordinary abilities in certain fields, are professionals with advanced degrees, skilled workers, unskilled workers, investors, and others who meet specific eligibility requirements.
- Special Immigrant Eligibility: Certain immigrants may be eligible for a green card based on special categories. This includes qualifying religious workers, international broadcasters, juveniles who have been abused or abandoned by a parent, Afghan and Iraqi translators/interpreters who worked for the U.S. government, and others.
- Refugee or Asylee Eligibility: If you were granted asylum or admitted to the United States and have been in the United States for at least one year, you may qualify for a green card through refugee- or asylee-based eligibility.
- Human Trafficking, Abuse, and Crime Victim Eligibility: Victims of human trafficking and other crimes may qualify for a green card if they have a current T nonimmigrant or U nonimmigrant visa. Individuals seeking a green card under this eligibility status will need to apply for an adjustment of status. Additionally, abused spouses or unmarried children under the age of 21 of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, as well as abused parents of U.S. citizens may qualify for a green card under this category.
At Escobar Law Offices, we can help you determine if you qualify for a green card. If so, we can help you take the next steps in applying or seeking an adjustment of status.
How to Apply for a Green Card
There are two main ways to apply for a green card:
- Consular Processing: Consular processing is the process of applying for a green card outside of the United States. You may need to apply for a green card through consular processing if you do not currently live in the U.S. or if you are ineligible to adjust your status.
- Adjustment of Status: Adjustment of status is the process of applying for a green card while living in the United States, typically on some type of visa. For example, if you entered the U.S. on a temporary nonimmigrant worker visa and wish to obtain a green card, allowing you to live and work permanently in the U.S., you can apply for an adjustment of status.
Depending on the details of your situation, you may need to have someone—whether a family member, an employer, or some other party—sponsor you. This is common with family-based, employer-based, and special immigrant green cards.
Additionally, you should know that there are a limited number of green cards available in certain categories. You may be given a priority number and may have to wait until a green card becomes available in the category under which you are applying.
How Our Green Card Attorney Can Help
Obtaining a green card is an important step for anyone wishing to live and work permanently in the U.S. It is also a critical component of the naturalization and citizenship process. However, it can be a difficult and confusing process, riddled with the potential for numerous mistakes.
At Escobar Law Offices, we can help you avoid common pitfalls when applying for a green card or seeking an adjustment of status. Regardless of your goals, we are committed to helping you achieve your American dream. Our Annandale green card attorney offers compassionate, personalized legal representation tailored to each client’s unique situation. We are dedicated advocates and do whatever we can to help our clients navigate the immigration process.
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