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Consular Processing

Immigrating to the United States can provide opportunities that one might not find abroad. If you or a loved one are seeking to obtain a green card to lawfully live and work in the United States, an immigration attorney can help. Sverdloff Law Group has helped those in the Chicago and the southern Wisconsin area submit immigrant petitions on behalf of family members and employees.

A green card grants an individual the status of lawful permanent resident in the United States. While this doesn’t afford the individual with the same rights as a citizen of the United States, it does allow him or her to live and work in the country. Before an individual applies for a green card, an immigrant petition must be approved. This petition is typically filed by a close family member or an employer.

Once the petition is approved, the individual seeking a green card and living in a foreign country may apply for an immigrant visa at a United States Department of State consulate. Known as consular processing, this allows an individual to enter the country as a lawful permanent resident.

What Steps Are Involved in Consular Processing?

Upon approval of your petition, the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will send the approved petition to the National Visa Center. Here, you will be given an immigrant visa number. Wait times for the immigrant visa number depend on availability and priority.

The National Visa Center will let you and the petitioner know when an immigrant visa number becomes available and how to submit the required fees and supporting documentation.

Family-based green card fees include a filing fee and an application fee which come out to $860. Employee-based green cards total $1,045. These fees do not include the required medical examination according to rules in your country.

Once you have submitted your fees and medical examination, you will be required to have an in-person interview at the consulate. At the interview, you will be placed under oath and required to answer questions regarding your application.

Once the consulate approves your application, you will be given a sealed envelope known as your visa packet. You will also be required to pay an Immigrant Fee, and the USCIS will not send your green card before the fee is paid. This fee can be paid online, and you should pay it prior to your departure for the United States. The visa packet should remain sealed until you arrive at customs in the United States. It is here that the border protection officer will grant you entry into the United States, and your green card will be mailed to you.

Seek Out an Immigration Attorney for Help with Consular Processing

If you or a family member are seeking entry into the United States as a lawful permanent resident, contact Sverdloff Law Group. Our knowledgeable staff will walk you through the consular process and make sure that you understand the documents and fees that are required to be submitted. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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