The Benefits and Limitations of a Green card
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With the exception of citizenship, a green card will grant you the broadest rights and privileges available under U.S. immigration law. As a green card holder, you may remain in the U.S. indefinitely as a legal permanent resident (LPR) and may even use your status to help certain family members become residents. If you are seeking naturalization, obtaining a green card is an essential step in the process. The application procedure, however, is complex with many requirements and limitations. At Schober Law, PLLC, we assist businesses and individuals throughout New York and the United States in navigating this complicated process.
WHO CAN GET A GREEN CARD?
The U.S. government strictly limits the issuance of green cards. Typically, you must have a current U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) who is willing to petition for you. Here are a few ways to get a green card:
- Have a Family Member Sponsor You — A U.S. citizen can sponsor a spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 for a green card. The U.S. government also allows a limited number of green cards to be issued to children older than 21 or married children. Also, current green card holders can sponsor family members, but these are issued with lower priority.
- Have an Employer Sponsor You — Some companies hire foreign employees but first they must obtain certification that hiring a foreigner over a U.S citizen is necessary. If the company is able to procure such a certification, this can lead to a green card for the foreign national employee. If you are a person of “extraordinary ability,” you can self-petition for your green card, meaning you will not need an employer to sponsor you.
There are other, less common, methods of obtaining a green card that an experienced immigration attorney in New York City can help you explore. By working with Schober Law, PLLC, you can feel confident that you have chosen seasoned professionals who will do everything legally possible to make sure you get your green card.
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