What is a Green Card?
The “Green Card” is no longer green, but it is still what most immigration-hopefuls think of or hear about when planning to emigrate to the United States. The “new” official name for green cards is I-551 or Alien Registration Card, although all three terms are used interchangeably by many information sources. Those who have I-551s/Alien Registration Cards/Green Cards are referred to as “Permanent Residents”, and the status one gains when becoming a green card holder is one of “Permanent Residency” or “Green Card Status”.
Truthfully, permanent residency is a great thing to have and a definite upgrade from a non-immigrant visa. But getting to become a permanent resident is no longer a simple process in the United States. And many consider it the hardest milestone to achieve on any single immigrant’s journey. To find success requires careful planning and strategizing about which path to permanent residency is most likely to produce the desired outcome.
Time, Patience, and a Good Partner Are Required
You may already be aware, but permanent residency may require years of waiting – in some cases, more than ten years of waiting. But what is important, if you do wish to become a U.S. permanent resident is to start as soon as possible. Immigration sentiment in the U.S. rises and falls from government administration to government administration and generation to generation, but nothing can defeat your priority date, which is the date that is stamped on your permanent residency application when it is filed. No matter what happens, you will get a hearing.
We recognize that permanent residency is an investment of time, money, and emotional capacity. What we offer is the security of having a professional organization that will put together, and track your application for however long it takes to be processed. We will become your partners and close consultants through the process. Our founding partner had to go through this process himself, and he has instilled the entire firm with the perspective that the permanent residency process is often times the most important step in almost every family’s life. We’ll take care of you and get the desired result.
Criteria for your Green Card
- Most permanent residency is acquired through an employer-sponsored EB visa (several variants available) or through some kind of family sponsorship.
- There is also the diversity lottery
- The employer-based permanent visa categories include extraordinary-ability categories (E-B1, E-B2, E-B3 are the main ones), the National Interest Waiver, and the E-B5 Investor Categories
- Requirements vary, but for most employer-based visas, successful applications can get quite large and require a variety of background documents, endorsement letters, and government forms
How Can Bull City Lawyer Help You?
- Bull City Lawyer will evaluate your options and give you a prognostication of how successful your are likely to be in any one category
- If you retain us, we will put together your entire application, edit and/or translate any background and legal documents, provide templates for letters of recommendation, and handle your application from beginning to end
- Our fees are dependent on both your chances of success and on whether your application results in permanent residency or not
- For employers we put together a comprehensive employment visa service. Call for details.