Get a Green Card in Orange County
If you're looking to become a permanent resident of the United States,
then getting a green card is the option for you. An Orange County immigration
lawyer from The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman can assist you in filing
the paperwork for permanent residency as well as advising you on the best
method for petitioning for permanent residency. The U.S.
immigration process is delicate and can often be complex. Don't risk your hope for a better
future- call in a professional to help with your case.
Green Card Through Family
There are two basic ways that you can get a green card through a family member:
Permanent Residency for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens
Immediate family members are spouses, unmarried children under the age
of 21 and parents (provided that the U.S. citizen is at least 21 years
old). Any United States citizen can help their spouse, children and even
their parents become citizens in this way. Because these individuals qualify
as "immediate" family members, they do not have to wait in lines
to receive this type of visa. Immediate family members are considered
a priority by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
and can get their green cards while in the United States or outside the U.S.
Permanent Residency for Family Members of Green Card Holders
If you do not have an immediate family member that is a United States
citizen, then there is still hope. USCIS allows other family members of
citizens to get green cards. USCIS also makes it possible for family members
of other green card holders to get their green cards. Some of the forms
that you or a family member may need to fill out are the I-130 and the I-485.
Green Card Through a Job
There are four main ways that a non-citizen can get their green card by
way of employment:
If a non-citizen gets a job offer from a United States employer, then
the employer can fill out an I-140 "Immigrant Petition for Alien
Worker" on behalf of the future employee.
Here, investment is referring to an individual or company that is essentially
"investing" in a business venture that creates new jobs in the
United States. If you are a non-U.S. citizen but you have a plan to create
business and jobs in the United States, then you may be able to qualify
for a green card.
While many employment-based petitions for green cards are made by employers
for their potential employees, some non-citizens can petition for themselves.
There are two ways to petition on behalf of yourself: under the category
of "Alien of Extraordinary Ability" and National Interest Waivers.
Special Job Category Qualifications
§ 101(a)(27) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) lists eight
different occupations that could qualify a person for a green card based
on their "special job" category. To apply, you must fill out
an I-360 and fit one of the eight categories: Afghan or Iraqi translator,
broadcaster, international organization employee, Iraqi assisting U.S.
government, NATO-6 nonimmigrant, Panama Canal employee, physician national
interest waiver employees and religious workers.
Replacing & Renewing Green Cards in Orange County, CA
Most green cards have 10-year life spans. After this period of time, the
green card will have to be renewed. To renew, you will have to fill out
the I-90 form. Conditional residents will have to fill out the I-751 form
for renewal. These applications for renewal can be denied, but you can
appeal a denied application. If your green card was lost, stolen or otherwise
destroyed and you need a replacement, you must also fill out the I-90
form. It is important for a non-U.S. citizen to carry their green card
with them at all times. If you are found without your green card, you
can actually be charged with a misdemeanor.
Why hire an attorney for your green card?
While it is not necessary to hire legal representation to get a green card
or replace one, it can be extremely beneficial. These forms require a
lot of information and it can be easy to make a mistake when filling it
out and sending it in. You may also need guidance to know which form you
should be filling out. The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman can evaluate
your case and help you file the appropriate green card application forms.
To learn more, please give our Orange County immigration lawyer a call.