Obtaining Green Cards in Virginia
Helping You Become a Lawful Permanent Resident
The United States immigration system provides several different routes
for a foreign national to apply for lawful permanent resident status.
Out of these possible avenues, the most easily available way to obtain
a green card is through
family immigration. There is an unlimited yearly supply of immigration visas for the immediate
relatives of U.S. citizens, in addition to 480,000 immigration visas for
other family members of citizens and for the immediate family of current
permanent residents. In addition, the Immigration and Nationality Act
employment immigration visas on an annual basis.
Family- and employment-based immigration opportunities are not the only
routes to a green card: Many people are able to take advantage of
asylum or refugee immigration, while others pursue a green card through programs such as the Nicaraguan
and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), the Diversity Immigrant Visa
Program, or by obtaining a battered spouse or child waiver through the
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) program.
In order to obtain a green card and become a permanent resident of the
United States, you must be eligible for one of the many different types
of immigrant visas, in addition to being the subject of an approved petition
filed on your behalf by a sponsoring family member, employer or other
party. Furthermore, you must not have been deemed inadmissible based on
grounds such as criminal conviction or health. The fact that your application
has been approved, however, does not mean that you will immediately be
able to become a permanent resident. In the event that the supply of available
immigrant visas for your category has been exhausted in the year when
you apply, you will be given a priority date and subsequently granted
your visa on a first-come, first-served basis.
Advantages of Getting a Green Card
Once you receive a green card, you will be able to start building a future
in the United States, since you will now be permitted to live and work
in this country without having to worry about observing the restrictions
of a nonimmigrant visa or having to leave the country when a temporary
visa expires. You will also be able to help your loved ones immigrate
in one of the family-preference categories. Finally, you will be able
to pursue the path to
naturalization and citizenship.
For assistance with pursuing the considerable benefits of permanent resident status,
contact us now at Fayad Law, P.C. so that a Fairfax, Virginia immigration lawyer
from our team can get started on your case! We serve clients throughout
Virginia and North Carolina, as well as in Washington, DC and globally.