Helping You And Your Loved Ones Obtain Green Cards
Becoming a permanent resident of the United States is often an important step on the journey that many immigrants take. From being able to travel abroad and return to the United States to legally working, a Permanent Resident Card (green card) confers many benefits. But, the process of applying for and obtaining a green card can be a daunting prospect.
At Lee & Peynado Immigration Law Group, we guide immigrants in the Atlanta metropolitan area and around the world through the process of applying for green cards. Our knowledgeable attorneys will help you overcome legal problems and prepare you for every hearing. You can schedule your free consultation with one of our immigration lawyers by calling us at 404-892-8300
Who Can Obtain Green Cards?
To qualify for a green card, you must meet specific criteria, such as being:
- A close relative of a citizen: Immediate family members, such as a spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21 or parent of a U.S. citizen can apply for a green card if their relative sponsors their entry.
- Extended family members of citizens and permanent residents: Siblings, adult children and married children who are related to a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. may be eligible for a green card. There are many restrictions on who qualifies for this type of green card. Because of these restrictions, it is important to reach out to an immigration attorney to learn if you are eligible.
- Skilled workers and investor immigrants: Exceptionally skilled and educated workers may qualify for a green card. Investors who wish to invest a significant sum of money into a U.S. business with at least 10 employees may also qualify for a green card.
- Diversity lottery recipient: The U.S. offers green cards to 50,000 to immigrants from the countries that have had the lowest immigration rates to the U.S.
- Asylum or refuge qualifier: Asylum-based green cards may be offered to immigrants who currently live in the U.S. and are unable to return to their native country because of a fear of violence or persecution. Refuge is offered to people who live outside of the U.S. but want to come to the U.S. because of violence or persecution.
- Long-time resident: Immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years can request to receive permanent residency. This type of request often occurs during a deportation or removal case. The immigrant must show that they would face “extraordinary or unusual hardship” if they were deported.
- Registry qualifier: Immigrants who have continuously lived in the U.S. since Jan. 1, 1972, can apply to get a green card. These immigrants must not have any past criminal issues or other legal problems that would prevent them from staying in the U.S.
What Are The Benefits Of Receiving A Green Card?
A green card offers permanent residents many benefits, including the ability to:
- Stay in the U.S. permanently
- Sponsor other family members to immigrate to the U.S.
- Travel outside of the U.S. and return legally
- Receive government aid after a waiting period
- Apply for citizenship after five years
- Work most jobs in the U.S. without an added visa
Learn More About The Green Card Process
You can talk to one of our knowledgeable lawyers in a free consultation to learn if you qualify for a green card. Call us now at 404-892-8300 or use the contact form to schedule your free consultation.