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Guiding You Through The Process Of Obtaining A Green Card/Permanent Resident Card

Last updated on May 31, 2023

A permanent resident card, commonly referred to as a green card, allows individuals to live and work permanently in the United States. It also allows you to travel outside the United States and reenter legally. In addition, it is an important step in the naturalization process.

There are various routes for applying for a green card depending on your unique situation. An experienced immigration lawyer, like those at Bartell, Georgalas & Juarez, L.P.A. Co., can advise you which category is right for you and then guide you through the process.

A green card does not grant a person citizenship, but it is a requirement for those who wish to become citizens of the United States. Most green cards are valid for 10 years.

Who Qualifies For A Permanent Resident Card?

There are a variety of categories of eligibility for a green card, including but not limited to:

  • Family relationships, for example, if you are the immediate relative of a U.S. citizen
  • Through your job if it qualifies
  • Special immigrant applies to religious workers and employees of an international organization
  • Those seeking asylum or refugee status
  • Victims of human trafficking
  • Victims of abuse

The majority of green cards are obtained via the family or the employment categories. But there are other avenues to pursue if you don’t qualify for those designations. Our attorneys can advise you on what type of application works best for you.

The Green Card Process

Obtaining a green card is a lengthy process and requires accurate documentation. There are many factors that affect how long you have to wait, including the type of green card you are applying for. And while there is no way to speed up the process, making sure your application is complete and submitted properly can help avoid unnecessary delays.

Not everyone who applies for a green card receives one. If you are denied a permanent resident card, you may be able to appeal the decision. An attorney can answer your questions and assist you with the application and appeals process and answer any legal questions that might affect your application.

Call Today To See How We Can Help

The experienced immigration attorneys at Bartell, Georgalas & Juarez, L.P.A. Co. are here to help with your green card application and any other immigration questions you may have. Call us today for a free initial consultation. You can reach us at 216-710-6700 or contact us using this email form.