An employment-based green card is a document that allows foreign nationals who have been sponsored by their employers to enter and reside in the United States permanently. Once an individual has been issued a green card, they have what is known as “lawful permanent resident” (LPR) status. With this status, they can remain in the U.S. indefinitely and do not have to obtain a visa to travel abroad. Obtaining LPR status is also a critical step on the path to naturalization for those seeking citizenship.
At Hart David Carson, we assist clients in Greenville, SC and throughout the surrounding areas with all aspects of business immigration, including employment-based green cards. Our attorneys can help you understand complex and ever-changing U.S. immigration laws, prepare and submit your application, and navigate the process from start to finish.
While nonimmigrant visas allow eligible foreign nationals to enter the U.S. and remain in the country for a set period of time, green cards grant permanent residence within the U.S. This means that a green card holder can remain in the U.S. indefinitely, whereas someone with a nonimmigrant visa can only stay in the U.S. for a certain amount of time (typically a couple of years) before they must leave, reapply, or apply for an adjustment of status.
There are several paths for obtaining a green card, including applying based on the following eligibility categories:
- Refugee or asylee status
- Human trafficking/crime victim status
- Victims of abuse
- Special immigrant status
This is not an exhaustive list of green card eligibility categories; other categories exist. We encourage you to reach out to our team at Hart David Carson for help determining whether you are eligible for a green card and in applying.
How to Obtain an Employment-Based Green Card
Employment is one of the most used categories when it comes to lawful permanent residency in the U.S. Within this category, qualifying foreign nationals can apply for a green card after receiving sponsorship from a U.S. employer. To qualify, the foreign national must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the specific “preference immigrant” category under which they are applying.
There are several different “preference immigrant” categories, including but not limited to:
- EB-1 (first preference) priority workers, including those with extraordinary abilities in certain areas, outstanding professors/researchers, and executives/managers in international organizations
- EB-2 (second preference) workers, including professionals with advanced degrees and/or exceptional abilities that have been recognized nationally and/or internationally
- EB-3 (third preference) workers, including professionals, skilled workers, and unskilled (or, other) workers
The application process differs somewhat depending on where the foreign national is when they apply. Those who apply from within the U.S. while on a nonimmigrant visa can seek an employment-based green card without having to leave the country (in some circumstances) via a process known as “adjustment of status.” The foreign national must meet certain requirements to be eligible for adjustment of status.
We encourage you to reach out to our Greenville, SC employment-based green card lawyers for help applying for a green card, adjustment of status, or related immigration documents. At Hart David Carson, we have the necessary resources, experience, and skills to effectively guide you through the process.
Common Mistakes to Avoid when Applying for an Employment-Based Green Card
When applying for an employment-based green card, there are a few common mistakes that should be avoided in order to ensure the best chance of success.
Some of the most common mistakes people make when applying for employment-based green cards include:
- Failing to provide all relevant documentation
- Not being able to prove qualifications and eligibility criteria
- Submitting incorrect information on the Form I-140
- Not filing for the appropriate visa category
Additionally, it’s important to carefully consider all the factors that can affect an applicant’s eligibility, including their age, criminal record, and health. To avoid any delays or rejections, applicants should make sure they fully understand what is required when applying for a green card before beginning the process.
It is also important for employers to be aware of all the eligibility requirements and provide complete documentation when filing an immigration petition on behalf of an employee. Additionally, applicants should do their research and make sure they avoid any mistakes in the application process to ensure their best chance of success. With a valid green card, foreign nationals can enjoy all the rights and privileges associated with permanent residency in the United States for up to five years before becoming eligible for citizenship.
How Our Employment-Based Green Card Lawyers Can Help
Whether you are seeking lawful permanent residency in the U.S., or you are an employer who wishes to bring an alien worker into the U.S. indefinitely, Hart David Carson can help. Our firm has successfully helped numerous clients obtain employment-based visas and green cards; we have the knowledge and resources needed to help you navigate this process.
Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have and can address all your concerns. We proudly offer highly personalized, one-on-one legal services. We utilize cutting-edge legal technology to develop innovative strategies and work to ensure complete compliance with all necessary processes, regulations, and immigration laws.
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