Philadelphia Green Card Lawyer
Obtaining lawful permanent residence in the United States is a dream for many. With it, you can eventually become a citizen. But even if you don’t seek citizenship, a green card allows you to live and work in the U.S. permanently. However, the process for obtaining a green card will differ by each person’s individual circumstances. Some can request a green card immediately, while others will need to wait a certain number of years. To find out more, contact Ellenberg Law Group. One of our Philadelphia green card lawyers is standing by to answer any questions you have.
We Have Helped Countless Foreign Nationals Seek Green Cards
There are different ways to obtain a green card. If you are already in the United States, you might seek an adjustment of status. For example, you could be in the United States as an asylee or on a work visa. If you are outside the United States, or if you don’t qualify for adjustment of status, you can obtain a green card with consular processing.
Before you can apply, you should check to see if you are eligible. There are many eligibility categories, and some of the most important are:
Family. You can receive a green card as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen:
- Unmarried child under age 21
- Parent of a child who is at least 21
- Other relatives can also apply for a green card if your relative is a U.S. citizen:
- Unmarried child who is 21 or older
- Married child of a U.S. citizen
- Sibling of a U.S. citizen aged 21 or older
If a family member has a green card already, they might also sponsor you. Waiting times can be longer, however.
Employment. Many people come to the United States for work-related reasons. Workers with extraordinary or outstanding abilities are first preference, with those having an advanced degree second preference. Generally, employment-based green cards require a job offer in hand. An employer must also obtain a labor certificate (PERM). However, those with extraordinary abilities can self-petition to receive a green card.
Other. Many immigrants apply for a green card as asylees, victims of crime or human trafficking, fiancés, or other categories. Consult an experienced green card lawyer to check whether you are eligible.
There are numerous benefits an experienced attorney provides. The application process is not easy, even if you have already been living in the U.S. for several years. We can help pull together required documents and prepare you for your interview. We can also discuss whether you are disqualified. Common causes of disqualification include criminal convictions, lying on an application, or a previous deportation. We might work with you to request a waiver of any condition of inadmissibility.
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Ellenberg Law Group has an impressive track record of helping foreign nationals become permanent residents. We can provide an overview of the process and discuss whether a green card is an option for you. Call to speak with a Philadelphia green card lawyer.