Orlando Green Card Lawyer
Helping Clients in Florida Establish Permanent Residency
If you dream of being a naturalized citizen of the United States, securing your green card is the first step. Every year in America, immigrants are granted lawful permanent residency with a green card. Green card holders have the constitutional right to work and reside in the U.S. and enjoy American privileges such as a driver’s license.
In most cases, someone must file an immigrant petition as your sponsor. This could be an immediate relative in the United States or a potential employer. In some particular circumstances, you may be able to file for yourself.
Why Hire Our Green Card Attorney?
While this process may seem straightforward, there are often bumps in the road. A knowledgeable Orlando green card attorney at The Sekou Clarke Law Group could prove to be an invaluable asset. We offer:
- Legal advice & expertise
- Hands-on representation
- The ability to navigate difficult situations
- Experience with the green card process because we are immigrants too
Are you an immigrant seeking permanent residency in the United States? Contact The Sekou Clarke Law Group today at (407) 269-8774 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our green card lawyer in Orlando! Se habla Español. Nós Falamos Português.
How to Apply For a Green Card
There are various ways to apply for a green card, and each comes with specific paperwork. Our firm's Orlando green card attorney can show you the best route.
Some of the ways you can apply for a green card are:
- Through family
- Through employment
- As a special immigrant
- As a victim of abuse
- As a refugee
- As an asylee
- As a victim of crime
- As a victim of human trafficking
- As an applicant under the Cuban Adjustment Act
- As an applicant to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
- As a resident of the United States that has remained in the country since before January 1st, 1972.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Green Card Through Employment?
Getting a green card for employment involves the steps below:
Permanent Labor Certification: 6 months to several years
I-140 petition approval: an average of 4 months
I-485 application approval: an average of 6 months
US Temporary Work Visas
Depending on your situation, it may take longer or shorter. Altogether, it may take a few years to obtain a green card. However, you may begin working in the U.S. through a temporary work visa such as:
- Investor Visa
- H-1B Visa
- L-1 Visa
- O Visa
- P Visa
- R Visa
People regarded as “special immigrants” include religious workers, special immigrant juveniles, and international broadcasters.
Can I Travel While My Green Card Application is Pending?
The wait for your green card can be long. You cannot travel outside the U.S. during this time unless you have filed specific documents explaining your intent, which the USCIS has approved. Traveling without government permission will effectively cancel your application.
Also, if you move while your application is pending, you must notify the USCIS of this change within ten days. If the USCIS is unaware of your change of address, you may miss essential updates on your case, and your application may be abandoned. You can check with the USCIS for updated information on your case status.
What Is the Difference Between a Green Card and Visa?
The main difference is that it is obtained after arrival in the U.S. A green card is a physical card representing the holder's right to live and work here permanently. A visa is obtained before getting a green card and does not allow for living and working here. Nonimmigrant visas are valid for a set duration, while immigrant visas can enable a person to begin the process of obtaining permanent resident status -- it does not provide resident status. A green card allows a person to pursue citizenship.
Contact Our Green Card Attorney Today
You must choose the right category to file under. Having a compassionate, caring, and informed lawyer walk you through the process could make a difference and give you confidence. We speak French, Portuguese, and English. Let our multicultural firm assist you with your case today.
“I am comfortable where I am because of his professional guidance.”- Stephen M.
“Mr. Clarke will drop anything to help a client in distress, and that's why I have him in my speed dial”- Wanjiku N.
“A few weeks later I was released and now I'm adjusting my status to become a Permanent resident.”- Desmond J.
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