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Green cards grant permission for foreign nationals to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis. The Green card holders have permanent residence status, which they can obtain while residing in the US on a non-immigrant visa or in their home country. U.S. immigration laws allow foreign citizens to gain their permanent residency in several distinctive ways. These include:

  • Family-based immigration
  • Employment-based immigration
  • Special categories of jobs, families, and special adjustment programs
  • Refugee or asylum status

Green Card Eligibility and Passages
Eligible green card applicants shall:

  • Qualify for one of the established immigrant categories
  • Have an immigrant petition filed and approved on their behalf
  • Be admissible into the United States
  • Have an immigrant visa available

Immigrant Categories
Green card applicants will apply for green cards through either the family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, refugee or asylum status or other special circumstances. The two most common ways to permanent residency are employment-based immigration and family-based immigration.

U.S. Admissibility
All green card applicants must be eligible for admission into the US. The USCIS may declare an applicant inadmissible for a few of the following reasons, some of which include criminal, health and other security-related issues.

Immigrant Petition
Foreign nationals must have an immigrant petition filed on their behalf. The petition will be filed by an employer or relative or other person depending on the circumstance, and will establish the basis on an applicant’s immigration and their immigrant classification.

Visa Availability
Visas shall be made available according to the unique circumstances of an applicant. Immediate relatives of United States citizens shall have visas available and do not have to wait to obtain permanent residency. Other applicants must wait for visas to become available in accordance to their priority date, country of origin and preference category.

Client-Focused Immigration Assistance
Our Law Office has used our valuable knowledge of USCIS procedures and United States immigration laws to successfully obtain permanent resident status for numerous clients. We regularly work with employers and family members to help them obtain green cards and file petitions for foreign nationals. Our firm has helped nonimmigrant visa holders in the United States to complete the actions needed in obtaining permanent residency. If you would like to learn more about the green card application process, and how The Law Office of Adam Franzen, LLC can help, contact our firm today.