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An Introduction to the Green Card Application Process

Each year, the United States welcomes tens of thousands of foreign visitors for business or for vacation travel. However, there are an even larger number of foreigners who desire more than just a temporary visit to America, but wish to live and work in the U.S. permanently and call our country their home. Living in the United States offers immigrants the opportunity to have freedom, security and stability, and realize many economic and educational dreams and opportunities not possible in many countries. Although living in America is a dream of many foreigners around the world, immigrating to our country is a complex process, so it is critical to have a good understanding of the processes involved.

For those wishing to immigrate to America from their home country, the process starts with a visa petition filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office or the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Green Card applicants must meet very specific eligibility rules, typically based on the sponsorship of a qualifying relative or employer. The Green Card application process will also be impacted by where the applicant is living at the time of filing, as well as other mitigating factors such as financial support, educational or employment background, and any past criminal activity.

There are also specific rules and guidelines for those temporarily in the United States for work or tourism that wish to adjust their visa status to permanent resident (green card). This application processes requires additional documentation and paperwork in order to have the adjustment of status approved. The process to become a permanent resident (receive a "Green Card") can also require financial sponsorship.

The complex process to become a Permanent Resident and receive a Green Card is one that requires significant legal documentation, so it is important to have advocates on your side to ensure that the process is as smooth and prompt as possible. Christiansen Law Firm specializes in assisting clients apply for and receive their Green Card (permanent resident status). The immigration attorneys of Christiansen Law Firm advise foreign nationals about their options regarding family-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas, as well as student visas and fiancé visas, and assist clients in avoiding or eliminating any obstacles to lawful entry into the United States. Christiansen Law Firm also strives to reunite families through assistance with marriage visas, fiancé visas, and visas for immigrant children with parents in the United States. Let the family-based immigration law experts of Christiansen Law Firm help you on your path to becoming a Permanent Resident of the U.S.

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