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The United States welcomes thousands of foreigners each year, who are coming to the United States temporarily for business or pleasure.  However, many people desire to come to the United States not just temporarily, but permanently.  Living in the United States permanently provides amazing opportunities for personal and religious freedom, economic stability and security.  Living in the United States is the dream of many people around the world.  The process for becoming a permanent resident in the United States is a fairly complicated process, so a clear understanding of the process is important.

There are two different ways to become a permanent resident in the United States.  The first is known as "consular processing", by which a person outside the United States pursues his immigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate in his/her own country. Green Card applicants must prove their eligibility, which is typically based on the sponsorship of a qualifying relative or employer.  Adequate financial support, lack of certain medical conditions and lack of certain types of criminal behavior are also required.

The other path to permanent resident status is known as "adjustment of status".  Adjustment of status is for foreigners already in the United States, who can meet certain eligibility requirements.  With some exceptions, the most important qualifying requirement is lawful entry into the United States.

The process to become a permanent resident in the United States requires significant legal documentation, and it is important to have a competent legal team on your side to ensure that the process is as smooth and simple as possible. Christiansen Law Firm specializes in helping foreigners become lawful permanent residents.  The immigration lawyers of Christiansen Law Firm advise clients of immigration options regarding family-based immigration and also non-immigrant visas such as student visas and fiancee visas.  Christiansen Law Firm has assisted many families to reunite in the United States, and can assist your family in obtaining lawful permanent resident status in the United
States.  Contact the attorneys at Christiansen Law Firm today for additional information.


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(Principal Office)
810 S. Highway 6
Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77079
Phone: 281-579-2800
Fax: 281-579-2801
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San Antonio Office

84 NE Loop 410
Suite 130
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Phone: 210-829-0101
Fax: 210-829-8010
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