Columbus Green Card Attorney
How do I qualify for permanent residency in the U.S.?
In order to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you must undertake the process of securing an immigrant visa through one of many different routes.
Generally speaking, permanent residency status can through a number of different ways:
- 1. Through a sponsoring family member
- 2. Through a sponsoring employer
- 3. Self-sponsorship as a person of extraordinary ability or through a National Interest Waiver
- 4. Investing in a U.S. business while simultaneously creating jobs for US workers
- 5. By being a political refugee with asylum
Though there are other ways to legally obtain a Green Card, these special allowances are rather narrow in application.
Special Green Card consideration is given to:
- Battered spouses and children of U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- Widow(er)s of U.S. citizens
- Persons born to foreign diplomats in the U.S.
- Armed forces members
- Victims of criminal activity or trafficking
Find out whether you qualify for a Green Card at this time by calling our qualified Columbus immigration team at Brown Immigration Law. With nearly 70 years of combined legal experience and as firm with top-rated lawyers, you can trust that is our desire to see you obtain the Green Card you need for permanent residency.
We can help you with your Green Card application. Book a consultation at (614) 358-5554 to begin.
What is the process for obtaining permanent residency?
There are many different ways that an individual can become a Green Card holder, but the process varies greatly depending on the category you fall under and whether or not you currently reside in the U.S.
Adjustment of Status
If you are currently living in the United States, you can apply for an adjustment of status, requiring you to take the following actions:
- Determine under which category you will be pursuing your Green Card (i.e. through family, employer, etc.)
- File your immigration form or have your sponsoring family member, employer or other individual file
- Verify that the proper visa is available
- Fill out an application to register permanent residency or adjust your immigration status
- Get fingerprinted and have your photo taken at an Application Support Center
- Attend your interview that is scheduled with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Receive the final decision regarding your status via the mail
If you are not currently residing in the United States, you may be eligible for permanent residency through consular processing. This requires that you obtain your visa from a U.S. Consulate located in a foreign country.
Take the following actions if this applies to you:
- Determine which immigration category fits your situation
- File the appropriate immigration forms with the USCIS for approval of the visa classification sought
- Await the decision made by the USCIS
- You will then be summoned by the National Visa Center to fill out additional applications, supply additional evidence and to pay application fees
- Schedule your appointment
- If any major changes occur with your personal situation or home address, notify the National Visa Center immediately
- Should you be granted an immigrant visa, you will get a Visa Packet that must be presented before the customs officer upon your arrival to the U.S.
- After arriving in the U.S., you can expect your Green Card within the next 45 days
Whatever your specific situation entails, the best way to secure a Green Card for a family member, employee, or even yourself is with the assistance of an experienced Columbus Green Card lawyer. We have helped numerous clients with Green Cards and have an intimate knowledge of immigration laws that we can utilize to help you get your Green Card as quickly as possible. We are dedicated to excellent client service to residents throughout Columbus, OH and the United States.