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Green Card Lawyer: Your Path to Permanent Residence

JQK Law: Your Experienced Immigration Attorney

A green card allows you to live and work permanently in the United States. Obtaining a green card can also be key to gaining US citizenship.

An experienced green card lawyer uses their immigration knowledge and legal skills to help you efficiently obtain legal permanent residence. The attorneys at JQK Law will guide you step-by-step through the process, providing you with peace of mind.

At JQK, we put our decades of experience in immigration law to work for you. We understand the process and will analyze your unique circumstances to develop the strategy that is right for your situation. Our in-depth knowledge of the legal process ensures that all necessary steps are taken to achieve your green card.

Read on to learn more about the services provided by JQK Law and how we can help with any immigration issues you may be facing.

Our Legal Services

At JQK Law, we offer comprehensive legal services to clients seeking permanent residence in the United States. These include:

  • Assessing eligibility for a green card
  • Preparing and filing the necessary paperwork
  • Representing clients in immigration court proceedings
  • Providing guidance on maintaining green card status

Our experienced attorneys will work closely with you to determine which path to permanent residency is best suited for your unique circumstances. We understand that every situation is different, and we are committed to finding the solution that works best for you.

Understanding Your Green Card

A green card, or United States Permanent Residency Card, signifies an individual’s lawful permanent residence in the US. According to immigration law, green card holders can permanently live and work anywhere in the country. However, it is not the same as obtaining US citizenship.

There are four main ways to obtain a green card: through employment, family sponsorship, refugee or asylum status, and the diversity visa lottery. Each of these avenues has its own set of eligibility requirements and application process.

What Is Lawful Permanent Resident Status?

Lawful permanent resident status means:

  • You retain your country’s citizenship.
  • You can receive certain federal benefits like education assistance and Social Security.
  • You can sponsor other family members for green cards through family sponsorship.
  • You can make financial contributions to your candidate of choice during elections.
  • You receive protection under certain federal and state laws.

Green cards are also the first step for immigrants to become US citizens. After a certain period, green card holders can choose to become citizens through the naturalization process.

Who Is Eligible For a Green Card?

There are several different options for entering and gaining lawful permanent residence in the US. Green cards are available in an array of categories, including:

  • Family-based green card: You may be eligible to receive a green card through a familial relationship. Green cards are available for immediate relatives of US citizens like spouses, children, siblings, and parents. They are also available for spouses and children of lawful permanent residents. Fiancé(e) visas and marriage green cards are another family-based option.
  • Employment: You may qualify for lawful permanent residence in the US as an immigrant worker. The visa type will depend on your field of employment. Your work status will also determine your priority for receiving a green card.
  • Work, business, and investment: If you own a US business or have substantially invested in a US business, you may be eligible to receive a green card.
  • Special immigration categories: Various green cards are available for individuals with special and extenuating circumstances, like refugees, human trafficking victims, and victims of abuse.
  • Diversity Visa Lottery: The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is a lottery system that grants green cards to individuals from countries with low immigration rates to the US.

How Can a Green Card Immigration Lawyer Help?

Hiring an immigration lawyer can be beneficial to obtaining and maintaining your green card. They can help you determine your eligibility, appropriate green card category, changes to legal status, and path to citizenship.

Here’s how our experienced green card immigration lawyers can help you:

Determine Eligibility Criteria

Immigration law is dynamic and ever-changing. The qualification requirements can change from year to year. Moreover, eligibility differs depending on the green card category.

A green card attorney will determine your eligibility by reviewing:

  • Your employment and educational status.
  • Your familial relationships with US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Your qualification for special immigrant status.
  • Your qualification for refugee or asylum-seeker status.

Green card attorneys ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria before beginning the application process. This saves the trouble of investing time and money into a futile endeavor. It also helps to manage expectations.

Application Process

The green card immigration application process involves a significant amount of paperwork. An experienced immigration attorney will help you accurately complete the necessary paperwork. They will also ensure all your papers are in order and sent out before the stipulated deadlines.

A number of official documents must accompany your application, including a copy of your birth certificate, proof of identity, proof of familial relationship or employment status, if applicable, and possibly police or court records.

An immigration lawyer can help you determine what documents are required, any gaps in your application, and potential complications.

Interview Preparation

Interviews during the green card application process can make or break your opportunity for permanent residency. The more prepared you are for these interviews, the better your chances of becoming a lawful permanent resident.

An experienced green card lawyer can help you prepare for your green card interview. They will explain what to expect and what you will need to take with you to the interview.

Common questions that you are likely to encounter during your interview include:

  • What country’s citizenship do you hold?
  • What is your legal status in the US?
  • When and how did you come to the country?
  • Have you ever worked in the US?
  • Have you ever been arrested?

Help Avoid Common Application Mistakes

Obtaining a green card is a lengthy and complicated process. Tight deadlines and the vast amount of paperwork increase the likelihood of mistakes. Even the simplest mistakes could delay the process or lead to your application being rejected.

An experienced immigration lawyer will review your application for any mistakes or omissions. Common mistakes during the application process include:

  • Misspellings
  • Obsolete forms
  • Unsigned documents
  • Incomplete forms

Advocate for Your Rights

Regardless of your immigration status, you have rights in the United States. A green card lawyer will help protect your rights throughout the process, ensuring you are treated fairly under US law and protected from discrimination.

Communicating With Government Agencies

Green card legal professionals serve as liaisons between the client and government agencies. They will contact the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the US Department of State, and US embassies and consulates on your behalf. Immigration lawyers will also respond to requests for additional information and address any issues that arise during the application process.

How Much Does the Average Green Card Lawyer Cost?

The average cost of a Green Card lawyer depends on your specific case and the lawyer’s experience. Expect a range of:

  • Flat fee: This is a one-time fee for the entire process. The amount will vary depending on the complexity of your case. For example, if you are self-petitioning for a green card, the fee may range from $2,500 to $6,000. If you have an employer-sponsored petition, the cost may range between $3,000 and $10,000.
  • Hourly fee: Some lawyers charge by the hour. On average, most immigration lawyers charge $150 to $350 per hour. The total cost may range between $2,000 and $15,000, depending on the complexity of your case.
  • Other fees: You may be responsible for additional fees such as court filing fees, translation services, medical exams, and other expenses related to your application process. These can add up to several hundred dollars. Your lawyer will inform you of these fees upfront.

Speak With an Experienced Immigration Lawyer at JQK Law Today

Are you seeking lawful permanent residency in the US but don’t know where to start? If so, an experienced immigration attorney can help you navigate the complex immigration system.

JQK Law prides itself on being the go-to firm for immigration services. Our team of experienced immigration lawyers will provide personalized guidance for your immigration issue. We walk you through the intricate steps of the green card process, helping you achieve your dream of living and working in the US.

Contact JQK today to schedule a consultation. We have helped foreign nationals across the globe obtain permanent residency in the United States.

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