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For many outside of the United States, the American dream is something they wish to pursue. However, it’s critical to understand how to achieve entry into the country. Many people apply for a Green Card, which indicates permanent lawful resident status. However, obtaining a green card can be a complex process. As such, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced New York City green card lawyer to assist you. The following blog explores eligibility requirements and the steps to obtain this status.

Who Is Eligible for a Green Card?

Before you can begin the process of applying for a green card, it’s essential to understand if you meet the eligibility requirements. Generally, these visas are reserved for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Have an immediate family member who is a U.S. citizen
  • Have been seeking refugee or asylum protection for a certain amount of time
  • Have been a victim of certain forms of abuse
  • Have been a victim of trafficking
  • Possess in-demand skills for employment

However, these are not the only categories, as there are additional individuals who may meet more specific qualifications to apply for a green card.

It’s also necessary to note that you may be able to adjust your status to permanent residency if you are already in the United States. For example, if you are a student studying abroad, you can apply for a green card in the United States while on your student visa without returning to your home country.

What Steps Are Necessary in Obtaining a Green Card?

Once you determine that you are eligible for a green card, you’ll want to begin by filing the corresponding petition for immigration. Generally, this will be a Form 1-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and a Form I-130 if applicable, along with any additional forms for your circumstances.

After submitting the form, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will approve your petition, and then you will submit a green card application through USCIS. Following the application, you will need to submit biometric data like fingerprints and signatures. Once complete, you must complete an interview before the USCIS will issue a final decision on your green card application.

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

If you are interested in applying for a green card, enlisting the assistance of an experienced attorney can help increase your chances of approval. Not only does this help raise the odds that your application will be approved, but working with an immigration lawyer can ensure your forms are filled out fully. Additionally, any issues you experience can be handled by someone well-versed in immigration law.

When you’re ready to start the process of applying for a green card, the Law Office of Jason A. Dennis can assist. We understand the complexities of petitioning for a lawful permanent resident status. That’s why we’re ready to help. Contact us today to discuss the details of your circumstances with a member of our team.