A permanent resident card, otherwise known as a green card, allows foreign nationals to live and work in the United States. There are many avenues to obtaining a green card, and an attorney is your best bet for ensuring that you apply for the type of green card that applies to your situation. The immigration attorney and staff at Sverdloff Law Group will help you to determine which green card is best for you and the steps to take to obtain it.
Green cards grant individuals who are citizens of other countries the right to live and work in the United States indefinitely.
A green card is available to individuals who fall within different categories, including:
The first step you should take when attempting to obtain a permanent resident card is consulting with an immigration attorney with experience in helping foreign nationals to acquire green cards. You, your family member, or your employer will be required to submit a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, depending on which type of green card benefit you are seeking.
Additionally, the petitioner may be required to submit documentation showing that he/she is a citizen or lawful permanent resident. You will be required to submit to background checks and medical screenings. The medical screenings can be extensive and include an examination of your medical history and immunization records, a physical, and tests for multiple diseases. Once the required documents are submitted, the wait time for approval could be anywhere from a few months to a few years.
For all green cards, you will be required to show that you are of good moral character. However, certain green cards also require the petitioner to provide an affidavit that he or she will be financially responsible for you or that he has the ability to pay you the offered wage.
Depending on which category of green card you are seeking, you or another individual will be required to submit petitions and supporting documentation. It is important to complete all paperwork accurately or you risk delaying an already long process. Sverdloff Law Group can answer any questions you have and help you through the process to ensure it gets done correctly the first time. Our staff speaks Ukrainian and Russian, and we have served clients in the Chicago and southern Wisconsin areas. Contact us to schedule a consultation and begin the process to obtain a green card today.