Green Card Process in Dallas, TX
If you are looking into the process of green cards in Dallas, TX, there are several ways to go about it. The most common include employment, family sponsorship, or asylum. It is important to note that you fit into one of the eligibility categories to be eligible for a green card.
Professional help can be vital when going through the green card process. Our attorneys at Presti Law Firm have years of experience helping clients obtain their green cards. We are committed to providing the best possible service and getting results for our clients. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your green card application.
Green Card Eligibility Categories
Family: You could be eligible for a green card if you have a close relative which is a U.S. citizen or green card holder.
Employment: If you have been offered permanent employment in the United States, you could apply for a green card.
Special Immigrant: You can be eligible for a permanent resident card if you are a religious worker, doctor, Afghan/Iraqi translator, or international broadcaster.
Refugee or Asylee Status: If you have been persecuted in your home country and are looking for asylum in the United States, you may be qualified to receive a green card.
Victims of Crime: You can be eligible for a permanent resident card if you have been a victim of human trafficking or certain crimes.
Victims of Abuse: If you have been a victim of domestic abuse by a green card holder or U.S. citizen, you may be eligible to apply for a green card.
Green Card through Registry: If you have lived in the United States before Jan. 1, 1972, you may be able to register for a Green Card.
The Green card lottery or Investment visas.
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Processes of Obtaining a Green Card
Adjustment of status is the process used when a noncitizen is physically present in the United States and applies for lawful permanent resident status. Adjustment of status saves the noncitizen from having to return to their home country.
If the noncitizen is already outside of the United States, they may apply at a U.S. Department of State embassy or consulate abroad for an immigrant visa so that they can come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident. Additionally, if the noncitizen is inside the U.S., depending on their circumstances, they may need to return to their home country to obtain an immigrant visa and return with the visa before their Green Card will be issued. In both instances, this is referred to as consular processing.
What Documents Does the Applicant Need to Provide?
Conditional Permanent Residents
In the case of marriage-based immigration, you are a conditional resident if you were married for less than two years to your U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse on the day your permanent resident status was granted. If you have children, they may also be conditional residents. If your green card was based upon marriage to a U.S. citizen then you will have to prove once again that your marriage is real after the two-year period.
Not every couple remains together after having received a green card, and in those cases, you should absolutely speak to an experienced immigration attorney to discuss what can be done when it comes time to remove the conditions from your green card.
If you are a conditional resident then you should apply to remove the conditions from your green card within 90 days of your two-year expiration date.
Your conditional green card cannot be renewed. If you do not remove the conditions from your green card within the 90-day window before your conditional green card expires then you will have to leave the United States.
After Becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident
Temporary or brief travel does not usually affect a permanent resident’s status
If you are outside the U.S. for more than 12 months, then you will be required to show additional documentation to re-enter the country as a permanent resident.
If you are outside the U.S. for a year or longer, you cannot use your green card to re-enter the U.S.
If you will be outside the U.S. for a year or longer and you are a permanent resident then you should for an I-131
If you are outside the U.S. for longer than 181 days then you are subject to a full immigration inspection
Rights as a Permanent Resident
Live permanently in the U.S. provided you do not commit any actions that would make you removable under U.S. immigration laws
Work in the U.S.
Enjoy all the protections of U.S. law
Own property in the U.S.
Attend public school
Apply for a driver’s license in your state
Join the military and Receive Social Security and Medicare benefits (if eligible).
Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident
Obey all laws of the U.S.
File income taxes
Support democratic forms of government
Register for the Selective Service
Maintain immigration status
Carry proof of your permanent resident status at all times; and
Change your address with USCIS each time you move.
You may lose your permanent resident status if you abandon it.
You can abandon your permanent resident status if you leave the country and live abroad permanently with the intent of giving up your permanent resident status.
Crimes Affecting Permanent Resident Status
You may lose your permanent resident status in certain circumstances if you commit any of the following crimes
A crime is defined as an aggravated felony
Sexual assault of a minor
Illegal trafficking in drugs or people; or
A crime of moral turpitude
There are serious consequences to the following:
Claim to be a United States Citizen
Vote in elects open only to U.S. citizens
Helping Families Build a Future Together
The process of obtaining a green card can take months or even years. Once you have a green card, you may also be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.
At Presti Law Firm, we are committed to helping our clients with their green card processes. We understand the importance of this process and will do everything we can. We feel our customers are entitled to the greatest possible result, and we work hard to ensure it happens. Stop putting this process on hold, and call us today to see how we can help you.
Let Us Help You With Your Immigration Needs
If you are interested in applying for a green card or want to petition a family member, the first step is to contact us and let us know about your situation to help you determine your eligibility and options.
Choosing A Path
We will also be available to answer any questions or concerns that may arise throughout the application process so that you can feel confident and secure in your decisions.