A green card lawyer helps you pursue permanent U.S. residency. For over a decade, American Immigration Law Group has guided individuals toward achieving their American dream of living and working as lawful permanent residents. You might be surprised at the challenges you face when seeking your green card as a foreign national.314-416-8000
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has different green cards. An experienced green card application lawyer can help you navigate each card’s specific steps and procedures.
Most immigrants obtain a green card based on a qualifying family member or employer sponsorship. Working with an experienced immigration attorney helps you avoid delays or potential legal issues.
Check Your Eligibility and Complete Required Forms
First, you must check your green card eligibility status. Only specific categories of foreign nationals have the qualifications for a green card.
The following individuals and situations are eligible to apply for a green card:
These are only a few examples of parties eligible for a green card. You can speak with your immigration attorney to determine whether you are eligible and what your next steps should be.
Both the immigrant seeking a green card and their sponsoring family member or employer must complete the required documentation. For family-based residency, the sponsoring citizen or lawful permanent resident fills out USCIS form I-130. Employers complete Form I-140. At the same time, individuals seeking residency must complete I-485.
As experienced green card application lawyers, we know that deviating from the required steps or processes could result in a negative outcome. We help ensure that everything is completed and filed correctly, with any necessary attachments.
Most individuals applying for a green card must pay a $220 processing fee. Friends, family members, and employers can pay the fee for you.
After completing all forms and steps, green card applicants must go to an Application Support Center. The federal government collects pictures, fingerprints, and signatures necessary for a security check.
You may have an attorney present during your support center visit. Many of our attorneys are immigrants who traveled this journey before you. We understand how stressful the process can be.
The next step in the green card application process could be an interview with a USCIS agent. Not all applicants have this step, but your presence is mandatory when requested. During the interview, applicants answer questions about their submitted information and application under oath.
Having a green card lawyer in the room with you and the USCIS officer helps ensure that everything follows due process.
Applicants receive a final decision in writing by mail. Although family members and workers with a guaranteed job generally receive their decision sooner, it can take several months to receive a decision.
A green card attorney can help you avoid potential delays by assisting you through the application and interview process.
Unfortunately, the USCIS denies some green card applications. The USCIS must explain in writing why it denied an application.
A green card immigration attorney can file an appeal within 30 days of the decision. The American Immigration Law Group will work tirelessly to help resolve the situation using the appropriate appeals process.
If your green card application has been denied, with help from your immigration attorney, you can file Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal, or Motion. This is a formal appeal that will give you the opportunity to challenge USCIS’s decision to deny your green card application. Generally, your appeal must be filed within 30 days of the decision or 33 days if the decision was mailed to you.