Orlando Green Card Attorneys
Seeking Permanent Residency for Florida Immigrants
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 special circumstances, you may be able to file for yourself.
While this process may seem straightforward, there are often bumps in the road. A knowledgeable Orlando immigration lawyer at the Sekou Clarke Law Group could prove to be an invaluable asset. We are immigrants too, so we know the green card process well. We also have the legal expertise to navigate difficult situations and encourage the process to move forward.
What to Do While Awaiting Your Application Decision
The wait for your green card can be long. During this time, you cannot travel outside the U.S. unless you have filed specific documents explaining your intent, which have been approved by the USCIS. Traveling without government permission will effectively cancel your application.
Also, if you move while your application is pending, you will need to notify the USCIS of this change within 10 days. If the USCIS is not aware of your change of address, you may miss important updates on your case and your application may be abandoned. You can check with the USCIS to get updated information on your case status.
Do You Qualify for a Green Card?
There are a variety of ways to apply for a green card and each comes with its own specific paperwork. An Orlando green card attorney at our firm can show you the best route to take.
Some of the ways you can apply for a green card are:
- Through family
- Through employment
- As a special immigrant
- As an applicant to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
- As a victim of abuse
- As a refugee
- As a victim of human trafficking
- As an asylee
- As an applicant under the Cuban Adjustment Act
- As a victim of crime
- 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
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:
People regarded as “special immigrants” include religious workers, special immigrant juveniles, and international broadcasters. It is very important that you choose the right category to file under. Having a compassionate and caring lawyer walk you through the process could make a world of difference and give you confidence. We speak French, Portuguese, and English. Let our multicultural firm assist you with your case today.
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