For many people, a green card is the holy grail of immigration. It allows you to live and work in the United States as a permanent resident. With a green card, you can sponsor qualifying family members to immigrate. It is also a pathway to citizenship.
At the Law Offices of George Giosmas in South Florida, we help people across the country and around the globe explore their options for obtaining a green card. Our attorney handles all paths to permanent residence. For more than 30 years, Mr. Giosmas has built a respected career in the immigration field.
How To Qualify For A Green Card
A green card — technically called “lawful permanent residence” — is available to those who meet specific criteria. Generally, there are four paths to obtaining a green card:
- Through a family member: Many people obtain green cards through family members — either blood relatives or spouses — who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
- Through work: Employers can sponsor certain workers to obtain a green card. However, this process is typically long, complicated and extremely selective.
- Through the official green card “lottery”: Residents of certain countries can enter to obtain a green card through the federal government’s diversity visa lottery. Up to 50,000 people are selected each year. Before entering, you should ensure that you qualify — and avoid the countless green card lottery scams — by speaking with our attorney.
- Through political asylum: Asylum opens the door to permanent residence for those who suffered persecution in their home countries on the basis of certain grounds.
The Green Card Process
Getting a green card involves much more than submitting a petition. The process can be extremely complex, especially if you have special circumstances such as a criminal history or unlawful presence in the United States. Undocumented immigrants often must return to their home countries to pursue a green card through consular processing.
Because each situation is unique, you should begin by seeking qualified legal guidance. Our attorney can take a close look at your situation. We will walk you through the process and let you know what to expect, helping you avoid the stress and uncertainty of tackling such an important matter on your own.
For a free phone consultation, please call our office at 954-416-2926 or toll free at 877-864-5417. You can also send us an email. Based in South Florida, our lawyer handles green cards and other immigration issues across the country.
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