Every year, many thousands of foreigners visit the United States temporarily, for business or pleasure. However, many foreigners desire to come to the United States and remain in the United States permanently. Living in the United States provides amazing opportunities that are simply not available anywhere else in the world. Living in the United States provides economic opportunities, increased standard of living, safety, and religious freedom. Because so many people want to come to the United States, laws limit the numbers of those who can reside in the United States.
Two different paths exist for becoming a permanent resident. The first is known as "consular processing". Consular processing involves an application process pursued at the U.S. Consulate in the foreigner's home country. Upon sufficient proof of eligibility, the consular officer issues an immigrant visa, and the person is then allowed to enter the United States as a lawful permanent resident. Eligibility depends on financial stability, a qualifying relationship with a relative or employer, lack of certain medical conditions and lack of a serious criminal history. The second path is known as "adjustment of status". Adjustment of status is an available option for foreigners already in the United States, who can meet similar eligibility requirements. With several exceptions, the most important qualification for adjustment of status is lawful entry into the United States.
The legal process for becoming a lawful permanent resident requires significant documentation, and it is critical to have a competent and experienced legal team on your side. The attorneys of Christiansen Law Firm have significant experience representing foreigners who are seeking lawful permanent status. The immigration lawyers of Christiansen Law Firm regularly advise clients on the available options regarding permanent residency and also a variety of non-immigrant visa options. Contact the immigration lawyers of Christiansen Law Firm in Houston or San Antonio to arrange a consultation.