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Applying for a Green Card? Let Our Firm Help You!

A Green Card is proof that you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States. Although a green card does not provide you with citizenship, lawful permanent residents are granted many of the same rights as citizens, such as the right to work, the right to live and work in any state, and the right to start your own business.

At Hart David Carson LLP, our immigration lawyers can help you determine if you are eligible for a Green Card and guide you through the application process. We can also help you renew your card or replace it if it is lost, stolen, or damaged.

To schedule a consultation with our Chicago green card attorneys, please contact us today at (630) 931-0379.

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What is a Green Card?

As we said earlier, a Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document that allows foreign nationals to live and work permanently in the United States. It is proof of the individual's status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the U.S.

Who Can Get a Green Card?

There are several ways to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, including:

  • Family-Sponsored Immigration: Individuals can be eligible for a Green Card through family-sponsored immigration if they have a close relative who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident. Family-sponsored categories include immediate relatives (spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens) and family preference categories (unmarried sons and daughters, married sons and daughters, and siblings of U.S. citizens). The sponsoring family member typically needs to file a petition on behalf of the intending immigrant.
  • Employment-Based Immigration: Employment-based immigration offers Green Cards to individuals based on their employment or job offer in the United States. This category includes various preference levels, such as priority workers (extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, multinational managers or executives), professionals with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities, skilled workers, and certain special immigrants. Employers usually initiate the process by filing a petition on behalf of the employee.
  • Refugee/Asylee Status: Individuals who have been granted refugee or asylee status in the U.S. may be eligible for a Green Card. Refugees are individuals who have fled their home countries due to persecution, war, or violence, and asylees are individuals already in the U.S. or at a port of entry seeking protection from persecution. After being granted refugee or asylee status, individuals can apply for a Green Card after one year.
  • Diversity Visa Lottery: The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery, also known as the Green Card Lottery, is a program that provides a limited number of immigrant visas to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S. The lottery is administered by the U.S. Department of State, and participants must meet eligibility criteria. Winners are selected through a random lottery system, and if selected, they can apply for a Green Card.
  • Special Programs: Certain individuals may be eligible for a Green Card through special programs, such as the Cuban Adjustment Act, the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), and the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA).

The Process of Obtaining a Green Card

The process of obtaining a Green Card in the United States generally involves several steps. Here is an overview of the typical process:

  1. File a Petition: A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (sponsor) typically initiates the process by filing a petition on behalf of the intending immigrant. This involves submitting the appropriate form to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  2. Wait for Visa Number (if applicable): In certain family-sponsored and employment-based categories, individuals may need to wait for a visa number to become available. Each category has numerical limits, and this waiting period depends on factors such as the relationship between the sponsor and the intending immigrant.
  3. File Form I-485 or Go Through Consular Processing: Once a visa number is available, the intending immigrant can either apply for adjustment of status within the U.S. using Form I-485 (if eligible) or go through consular processing if they are outside the U.S.
  4. Biometrics Appointment: Applicants are required to attend a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photographs, and other relevant information. This helps USCIS verify the identity of the applicant.
  5. Medical Examination: Applicants must undergo a medical examination by an authorized panel physician to ensure they meet health requirements for immigration.
  6. Attend Interview: USCIS may schedule an interview to assess the validity of the application, ask questions about the applicant's background, and verify supporting documents.
  7. Receive Decision: After completing the necessary steps, USCIS will make a decision on the Green Card application. If approved, the applicant will receive their Green Card.
  8. Conditional Residency (if applicable): In certain cases, such as marriage-based Green Cards, individuals may receive conditional residency initially. Conditions must be removed after a specific period by filing a joint petition.
  9. Receive Green Card: Once the application is approved and all requirements are met, the applicant will receive their Green Card, officially known as a Permanent Resident Card.

Why Choose Hart David Carson?

Our firm can provide several benefits when seeking to obtain a Green Card. Our Chicago green card lawyers are well-versed in the complexities of U.S. immigration law and can offer valuable assistance throughout the application process.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing Hart David Carson:

  • Legal Expertise: Our team possesses a deep understanding of immigration laws and regulations. We stay updated on changes in policies, ensuring that your Green Card application complies with the latest requirements.
  • Personalized Guidance: We provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific situation. Our attorneys can assess your eligibility, help you choose the most suitable immigration category, and develop a strategic plan for your Green Card application.
  • Document Preparation: We assist in the thorough preparation of all necessary documents required for the Green Card application. This includes filling out complex forms accurately and ensuring that all supporting documentation is organized and submitted appropriately.
  • Navigating Challenges: If any challenges or issues arise during the application process, we are equipped to handle them efficiently. Our legal team has experience addressing various complexities that may arise, including responding to requests for additional evidence or dealing with unforeseen circumstances.
  • Representation at Interviews: If an interview is required as part of the application process, our attorneys can provide representation. We guide you on how to prepare for the interview, ensuring you are well-informed and confident during this crucial step.
  • Timely Updates: We keep you informed about the progress of your case, providing timely updates on any developments. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that you are aware of the status of your Green Card application throughout the process.
  • Maximizing Chances of Approval: Our expertise and attention to detail aim to maximize your chances of a successful Green Card application. We work diligently to address potential issues and present a strong case to immigration authorities.
  • Legal Advocacy: In the event of legal complications or challenges, our attorneys act as your advocates. We are committed to protecting your rights and interests throughout the application process.

Choosing us for your Green Card application means having a dedicated legal team that is focused on achieving a positive outcome for you. Our experience and commitment to excellence make us a reliable partner in navigating the complexities of the U.S. immigration system.

Call (630) 931-0379 or contact us online today to learn how we can help you become a legal permanent resident of the United States.

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