When it comes to obtaining residency or citizenship lawfully in the United States, few terms are more discussed than the “green card”. A green card is a legal document that grants the holder formal permission to permanently reside in the United States. Green cards are not necessarily easily obtained. It often takes a lot of time and paperwork before the opportunity presents itself. It should be noted that a green card holder is the same thing as a permanent resident, and the terms are often used interchangeably. There are a few different ways that someone can obtain permanent residency status (obtain their green card).

In general, the most common way that green cards are obtained is through a family member or employer already located in the United States. In these instances, the individual or the company can sponsor the immigrant to live and work in the United States. Some people also obtain their green cards via a special status such as individuals seeking asylum or those who are living in the United States as refugees. It is also possible to obtain green cards through certain humanitarian programs, and you can always apply for your own green card, too.

It should be noted that you must maintain your permanent residency status – it is not a right that simply stands in perpetuity once it is granted. You can lose your permanent resident status for a number of reasons. These include things like evading taxes, moving somewhere outside of the United States for longer than one year, or declaring yourself as a nonresident on your tax return. There are also certain crimes you can commit that will result in your status being revoked. Should this occur, you would no longer be able freely conduct business and permanent travel from and to the United States, and you could even be deported.

Difficulties in the Process

The steps involved in obtaining a green card are not easy to complete. One of the most commonly cited difficulties involved in the green card application process is that of the slow processing time of USCIS. The process is not a quick one, in other words, and sometimes you can be left waiting for your immigration status to update. This is, of course, quite frustrating and disheartening for many people. Experienced counseling can review the matter at hand because we look to avoid unnecessary delays in your case. Something else that can stand in your way of obtaining permanent residency is your criminal record. The United States has certain requirements that you must meet in order to be granted residency. One of the most important requirements assesses your standing as a “moral” person, and seeks to determine whether or not you are someone who will work hard to follow the law and live peaceably in the country. Engaging in any kind of criminal activity can put your status in jeopardy, and there are certain crimes in particular that could see you being denied a green card. These include, but are not limited, to the following:
Criminal Convictions Including:

How We Can Assist?

At the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., we are aware of how difficult the process of obtaining your permanent residency can be. As a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyers familiar with immigration law, we can help you determine how best to proceed in your green card application process. In fact, we can assist and review your case to determine what might have gone wrong if you’ve experienced an inordinate amount of time waiting for a decision. The law can be tricky to navigate, which is why you need someone who understands your rights as well as your needs and is willing to fight for them.

Experienced Green Card Immigration Lawyers

Are you wondering how to proceed in your application process? You’re not alone! Contact the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., today for help! Our skilled staff is standing by to help you determine your best course of action when it comes to securing your green card, permanent residency status. Contact us today and schedule a consultation to have one of our knowledgeable staff talk with you about your specific situation.

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