Atlanta Green Card Lawyer
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It may not be technically required to work with a lawyer in order to obtain a green card, an experienced immigration lawyer will absolutely help make the process easier. Immigration policies are incredibly confident, and a lawyer will have extensive knowledge that will help you navigate these waters.
Immigration lawyers provide advice and services in order to help people obtain the necessary visas and other documentation required to move to the United States.
There are a few different green card categories:
- Green Card Through Family
- Green Card Through Employment
- Green Card as a Special Immigrant
- Green Card Through Refugee or Asylee Status
- Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims
- Green Card for Victims of Abuse
- Green Card through Other Categories
- Green Card through Registry
For immigrants wishing to live and work in the U.S., the ticket to do so legally is the green card. If you are looking to obtain this important document in Atlanta, read on for more information about the process of applying for a green card and how an experienced Atlanta green card lawyer can help.
What is a Green Card?
A green card, officially known as a permanent resident card, is proof that a person has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States. A green card is required if you wish to undergo the naturalization process to become a U.S. citizen, and also entitles you to certain rights and responsibilities such as:
- Live permanently in the U.S., provided you do not break any laws that would require your removal under immigration law.
- Work permanently in the U.S. in a legal profession of your qualification and choosing.
- Be fully protected by the laws of the country, state, and local municipality where you reside.
- The responsibility to obey all U.S. and local laws.
- The responsibility to pay taxes and to file your income tax returns.
- The responsibility to support a Democratic form of government, though supporting this form of government does not mean voting. Permanent residents are ineligible to vote in federal, state, or local elections.
- The responsibility to register with the Selective Service if you are a male who is at least 18 years old.
What Are the Requirements for a Green Card?
In order to apply for a green card, an applicant must meet the provisions of one of the following categories:
- Obtaining a green card through a family member who is a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, parent, or child.
- Obtaining a green card through employment, if you are either a skilled or unskilled worker, a worker with an advanced degree, or extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, if you are a professor or researcher, or you are a multinational executive who meets certain criteria.
- Obtaining a green card as a special immigrant, if you are a religious worker, a juvenile who has been abandoned or neglected by a parent, an Afghan or Iraqi translator or interpreter for the U.S. government, an international broadcaster, or a retired officer or employee of an international organization or NATO or an eligible family member of such.
- Obtaining a green card as a refugee or asylee after at least one year of being granted refuge or asylum.
- Obtaining a green card as a human trafficking or crime victim with either a T or a U nonimmigrant visa.
- Obtaining a green card as a victim of abuse who was abused as a spouse, parent, or child of a U.S. citizen.
- Obtaining a green card through another category, such as being a Liberian refugee who has been continually present in the U.S. since at least November, 2014; you were selected for a diversity visa by the U.S. Department of State; you are a Cuban citizen or the spouse or child of a Cuban citizen under the Cuban Adjustment Act; you have at least 50 percent American Indian heritage and you are from Canada; you are eligible to register for a green card since you have resided continuously in the U.S. since before 1972.
What are the Steps in the Green Card Process?
There are several steps to applying for a green card, with the procedures dependent on the type of green card you are eligible to receive. These steps are as follows:
- Determine your eligibility. The application you submit is based on which type of green card you are eligible to apply for.
- Submit your application along with a petition from your sponsor.
- If you are already an approved immigrant in the U.S. with an immigrant visa, you will need to apply to adjust your status to a permanent resident. If you do not already have an immigrant petition, you will need to file this at the same time as your green card application.
- You will attend a biometrics appointment in order to provide fingerprints, a photo, and a signature.
- You will be interviewed by an individual from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department.
- You will receive a decision on your application based on the documents you have submitted and your interview.
How Can an Atlanta Lawyer Help Me With a Green Card?
Becoming a permanent resident is a complicated process. Attempting to undergo this process without the guidance of an experienced Atlanta green card lawyer places your legal resident status in the U.S. in jeopardy due to mistakes in determining the category you are eligible to apply for, failing to provide the proper documentation, or a failure of your sponsor to fill out the petition properly. A green card lawyer can help you avoid these costly mistakes and ensure that you obtain the permanent resident status you need to live and work freely in the U.S.
Get Help From an Atlanta Family & Immigration Lawyer
Whether you need help with a divorce or a child custody matter, have a landlord-tenant issue or are trying to obtain citizenship or get a visa, we can help. Let us help guide you on your next step.
It's Never Too Early (or Too Late!) to Reach Out to An Atlanta Immigration Lawyer
Obtaining a green card takes time. Without this card, however, you are at risk of being removed from the country and you will not have the same legal protections that U.S. citizens and permanent residents do. That is why it is important for you to get started as soon as possible to ensure that your documentation is ready when you are. If you are already in Atlanta but did not arrive here through the usual immigration process, it is important that you create a legal framework that will allow you to remain.
Contact us to learn more about your legal options and to begin the work of becoming a permanent U.S. resident.
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