A Green Card, also known as an immigrant visa, enables a person to live in the United States lawfully and, in most cases, permanently. Among other benefits, a Green Card holder may gain employment, attend schools, and receive public benefits.
There are many ways to which a person can obtain a Green Card. The most common are through marriage, engagement to a US citizen, sponsorship by an employer, or asylum. It is important to understand that each method of obtaining a Green Card is independent, both in substance and procedure. No two cases are the same! Therefore, it is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney at Law Group International for additional information. We are pleased to assist you in obtaining a Green Card, no matter if you are in the United States or overseas.
Can I lose my Green Card?
Yes, you can lose your Green Card! Contrary to popular belief, a Green Card is not the same as U.S. citizenship. A person with a Green Card must physically live in the United States and cannot simply visit on occasion. In addition, committing certain crimes can also lead to your Green Card being taken away and potentially being deported by an immigration judge.
What are the procedures for getting a Green Card?
You can get your Green Card through two main procedures known as “adjustment of status” and “consular processing”. Basically, adjustment of status is for a person who is physically in the United States and consular processing is for a person who is outside of the United States. In most cases of adjustment of status, the applicant will have an interview at the local USCIS office for final approval of the Green Card. On the other hand, a person who is outside of the United States will have an interview at a U.S. consulate overseas.
Can my application for a Green Card be denied?
There is no guarantee that any application for a Green Card will be approved. The procedure and process for obtaining a Green Card is complex. Any mistake in the application may lead to an unnecessary denial. It is highly recommended that you consult with an Attorney at Law Group International prior to beginning the process of obtaining your green card.