If you want to enter into the United States to live and work on a permanent basis, you will need to go through the process of filing for a Green Card.  Permanent residence card is another name for Green Card. You may file and go through the process on your own. However, it is not usually recommended as delays are possible and obstacles may arise. It is always ideal to have professional legal assistance to help you through any challenges or questions.

There is more than one way to obtain a Green Card and become a permanent resident. Most immigrants may become Green Card holders through an employer or a family member who is a United States citizen. This person must be willing to petition for you. Others may obtain a Green Card through refugee assistance or other humanitarian programs.

Whichever path you are planning to take, here are some of the facts you need to know about filing for a Green Card:

Any employer attempting to help you get your Green Card will need to apply for a Labor Certification.

Before the employer can get in touch with immigration about the prospect of obtaining a green card for an immigrant worker, the employer needs to first hold advertising and recruitment proceedings within the United States. After this ends in failure, then the employer needs to submit a labor certification application to the U.S. Department of Labor.

An employer or relative helping your to get your Green Card needs to initiate the process of filing a visa petition on your behalf.

However, if you are seeking asylum in the U.S, or if you are an investor, or if you do not have family in the United States, you will need to begin the process on your own. The good news is there are humanitarian programs to help. There is also a qualified immigration lawyer is also an excellent resource for you.

The process of filing for a Green Card takes time, so it is important to utilize patience.

If you fall into a category that is subject to an annual limit, you will need to wait until your “Priority Date.”  Each circumstance and situation is different.  Some periods of waiting are months, and some are years.

Once you go through the first few steps of the filing process, you will come to a point where you may submit an application for a Green Card.

This also takes time. Depending on where you apply, you may submit your application to a USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) office or to a United States consulate in your home country.

After filing, and acceptance of your application, you can expect an interview and testing.

Once your application has been processed, you will move on to the next steps—your Naturalization Interview and Test. One of the last steps is fingerprinting and answering factual questions about the United States.

Obtaining a Green Card is an extremely important aspect of an immigrant’s life. Lee Immigration Law Group has the answers, support and legal expertise to help you through the often complex process. If you need help filing for a Green Card, call (404) 892-8300 to schedule a free consultation.