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Qualifying for a Green Card

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

There are two processing options available to foreign nationals who seek to apply for permanent residence: “adjustment of status” or “consular processing”. Adjustment of status/consular processing: Adjustment of status is the process via which a foreign national applies for permanent residence while physically present in the U.S., through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Consular processing is when a foreign national applies for an immigrant visa ultimately used for admission to the U.S. as a permanent resident through a U.S. consulate abroad. In either case, the end result is permanent resident (“green card”) status and may require a priority date to be current, which is basically waiting for their number to be called. People can come to the U.S. on either a permanent or temporary basis. There are many different options that can be available and often it is difficult to discern which is the best choice as different visas have different requirements. The US immigration system is complicated and even minor mistakes in an application can lead to a denial of a permanent visa. An adjustment of status and consular processing should be handled with care and checked for errors. While in any legal process there can be no guarantee of a result, due to the number of variables that are in play, the experience and dedication of a qualified immigration attorney can help alleviate many of the issues that can arise during the immigration process and significantly increase your chances of receiving an approval of your application. Permanent visas can be attained through a variety of processes including, but not limited to, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, investor visas, or humanitarian status. Temporary visas are available for work and travel. In addition, businesses, employees or prospective employees and others have a range of options for entering the U.S. on a permanent or temporary basis, many of which are highly complex. For an organization without legal experience with immigration matters, navigating the immigration process can be difficult and highly inefficient and it is essential to work with an experienced legal team that can help you through the process and prevents unnecessary complications. The Murtaz Law Group knows that each client’s individual situation is unique and we will guide you through the best options available under the circumstances. After gaining a thorough understanding of each client’s given situation, timeframes and goals, we strive to provide the best option, personalized for each client, with the value and efficiency our clients have come to expect. According to the USCIS (2018), if you fall into one of the categories below you may be eligible for a green card:

  • Immediate relative of a U.S. citizen

  • A relative of a U.S. citizen or relative of a lawful permanent resident under the family

  • based preference categories.

  • Fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen or the fiancé(e)’s child

  • Widow(er) of a U.S. citizen

  • Physician National Interest Waiver

  • Immigrant investor

  • International broadcaster

  • An employee of an international organization or family member or NATO-6 employee or family member

  • Cuban Adjustment Act

  • American Indian born in Canada

  • A person born in the United States to a foreign diplomat

  • And many others.

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