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Permanent Residency

Houston Green Card Attorney

Lawful Permanent Resident Status

“Green card holder” has turned into a typical term for an immigrant who has lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in the United States because of the identification card (green-colored) they get as verification of their legal immigrant status. Green cards can be acquired in various distinctive ways, the most widely recognized of which are through family, consular processing, business, and obtaining refugee or asylee status. Permanent residence can also be obtained by applying for a adjustment from nonimmigrant to immigrant status.

Who is eligible to obtain a green card?

Eligibility for LPR status relying upon on how the immigrant wants to receive the visa. If they are the immediate family member of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is sponsoring their immigration, then they are qualified according to preference. Just a specific number of visas may be issued each year, which means that immediate family of citizens and LPRs have first preference, while extended family members are required to wait longer. Additionally extraordinary ability workers (EB-1 visas) have priority in business-based immigration, while skilled workers, special immigrants, and others must wait longer until a visa number becomes available.

Applying for a Green Card

For family visa applicants, the family member in the United States must file a Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130), after which the foreign family member must file an Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status (Form I-485). For employment visas, the U.S. employer must have labor certification. They have to file a Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140) before the worker may apply for permanent residence.

Herrera Law Firm can advise you through the way toward applying for a green card. It is a long and difficult process that requires a great deal of patience, but our legal team will stay by your side from beginning to end and work relentlessly to speed your case to completion.