Many foreign-born people dream of becoming U.S. citizens. Others simply wish to have the opportunity to permanently live and work in the United States. Having a green card is key to achieving either of these objectives, and at Sverdloff Law Group, we routinely help clients in the Chicago area to obtain green cards or to sponsor family members to obtain the same.
If you live in the U.S. and want to obtain a green card, you will do so under what is known as the “adjustment of status” process. The process is initiated by someone, either a qualifying relative or employer filing a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to have you qualified to apply for your green card. If the petition is approved, then you will be eligible to apply for your green card if you meet certain requirements, which are as follows:
Obtaining a green card requires you first to have either an employer or qualifying family member file a petition for you. A qualifying family member is someone who falls in either of these categories:
Immediate Relative – A close family relationship between the green card applicant and a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, child, or parent.
Family Preference – this is an immigrant category for specific, more distant family members of a U.S. citizen and some specified family members of a green card holder.
If you are in or around Chicago and need help to obtain a green card for you or a family member, Sverdloff Law Group can advise you of your options. Please contact us today for a consultation.