Do you want to file for a permanent green card application or are currently in the process? It is easy to get overwhelmed and feel very confused—especially if you leap before you look!

Here are 4 simple but essential steps to help you along the way. Follow them when filling out a permanent green card application:

Get the right kind of assistance.

Are you undertaking such a major life event as obtaining a green card? It makes a big difference when you have someone in the know to guide you and answer your questions. You may want to seriously consider hiring an immigration lawyer—regardless of where you are in the process.

Do your research.

Learn what kind of green card eligibility for which you may qualify. There are family, employment, marriage, religious purposes, and refugee status options. Each permanent green card application is unique to each green card category. Here’s a breakdown of each one:

  • Family: Do you have immediate family currently living in the U.S. such as parents, siblings, and/or children? You may qualify for a family based green card.
  • Employment: Can you find an employer to sponsor you through a skill? You may be able to get a green card through this method.
  • Marriage: Do you have a fiancé in the U.S. and wish to live there with your future spouse? You may apply for a marriage based green card.
  • Religious Purposes: Have you been working for an organization for at least two years and wish to come to the U.S. to continue work? You may qualify for a green card as a special immigrant.
  • Refugee Status: Do you need to flee your country for unfair persecution or other dangerous purposes? You may qualify for a refugee status green card.

Take care in filling out paperwork on a permanent green card application.

Make sure you fill out all forms and documents exactly as requested. Then get them turned in on time to the right place, such as a U.S. consulate in your home country or to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) in America. Patience will come into play here as you will likely have to wait on the people ahead of you in the process. It is also important to remember that occasionally applications may be lost or delayed. Therefore, it would be a good idea to get familiar with the “Case Status” page on the USCIS website.

Ensure you understand the process of a permanent green card application.

Understand the documents you are filling out. Know what you are interviewing for and your rights. These are all helpful pieces of knowledge to have throughout the process. If you are unclear due to a language barrier, don’t be afraid to ask for an interpreter at any time.

For a complementary, confidential consultation regarding your permanent green card application, call the Lee and Peynado Law Firm now at (404) 892-8300.