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JQK Law: Your Green Card 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 U.S. 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.

Understanding Your Green Card

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

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 U.S. 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 U.S. Green cards are available in an array of categories including:

  • Family: You may be eligible to receive a green card through a familial relationship. Green cards are available for immediate relatives of U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S. business or have substantially invested in a U.S. 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.

How Can a Green Card 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.

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.

An immigration attorney will determine your eligibility by reviewing:

  • Your employment and educational status.
  • Your familial relationships with U.S. 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 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 U.S.?
  • When and how did you come to the country?
  • Have you ever worked in the U.S.?
  • 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 U.S. law and protected from discrimination.

Communicating With Government Agencies

Green card lawyers serve as a liaison between the client and government agencies. They will contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. 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.

Speak With a Green Card Lawyer at JQK Law Today

Are you seeking lawful permanent residency in the U.S. 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 immigration process, helping you achieve your dream of living and working in the U.S.

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

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