Otherwise known as having a permanent resident card, green cards allow a foreign national to live and work in the United States. For people looking to relocate permanently after qualifying for asylum or for any other person of immigrant status wishing to stay in the United States long-term, applying for a green card may be the best option. At Miranda, Magden & Miranda, we have helped many clients apply for a green card and may be able to help you and your family, as well.
In order to apply for a green card, you must fall under one of a number of categories listed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These categories break down into the specific reasons why you may qualify. In some cases, you may qualify under more than one reason for a green card, and an experienced immigration attorney will be able to help you figure out which is best for you.
Depending on the basis for the application for the green card, the application process may vary slightly. For example, those applying for a green card through family may need the qualifying family member to submit additional documentation, whereas someone applying as a special immigrant juvenile would not.
Generally, you or an immigration attorney will file the immigration petition with the USCIS. Once approved, and if there is a visa available in the category under which you are applying, you may submit an application for the green card. Next, you must submit to a biometrics appointment where an agent takes your fingerprints, photo, and gets a signature.
In many cases, you then go to an interview with an agent of the USCIS, where you review your application for the green card and answer any other questions the agent feels is relevant to your application. If you have inadmissibility that you need forgiveness for, you would submit your waiver/pardon for evaluation by the U.S. government. Your qualification for a waiver should be evaluated early in the immigration process by an experienced immigration attorney. Once all the steps are complete, you will receive a decision on your green card application which can take up to a year or more, depending on the basis of your application.
If you would like to apply for a green card and live in Monterey County or a nearby county, our experienced immigration attorneys may be able to help. Call the office or contact us today to speak with one of our lawyers about the green card application process.
Thank you Miranda and team for the excellent service provided. Miranda is a compassionate, understating, extremely knowledgeable and professional attorney. Her team was always on top of everything making my legal process less stressful. I could never thank Miranda and her assistant Ingrid for holding my hand throughout this difficult process (literally). Miranda is one of the BEST immigration lawyers ever! I would definitely recommend her.
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The entire team at MMM are superstars! I appreciate all the time and prep that went into my original case many years ago. And now recently, I asked for some help on a follow-up custody matter that I felt I could handle myself but just needed their expertise to properly represent all the important details. They are knowledgeable, extremely thorough, and prepared me for every possible scenario. I can't thank them enough!
My partner and I sought legal advice on bringing my fiance' to the United States with this office after having called a few immigration attorney offices around Monterey County. Having never sought legal advice before it was a refreshing experience in which we both really felt that Patricia listened intently to our goals and needs, and then not only gave us thorough advice, but also she really showed a lot of empathy with our situation and all the challenges we faced in what we trying to do. I would definitely recommend this office for anyone who is unclear about what..
Working with Patricia was a professional encounter unlike any other, an absolute 5-star experience. From the first moment, we walked into our consultation until the moment our case was closed and my husband walked away with his permanent resident card Patricia was communicative, professional, and thorough. Her team contacted us every step of the way providing valuable process and law changes we would not have been able to catch if we tried to navigate this endeavor alone. Patricia answered our endless question stream with thoughtfulness and care, calling us countless times to ensure we were clear on every piece of..
Last year, I had just moved in the area and needed a family law attorney for a custody case. The process of finding/choosing an attorney could be daunting. However, when I went in for my first consultation with Levi my stress level was immediately mollified. He was personable, which made me feel comfortable to discuss my personal matters freely. I had a lot of questions of the legal process that would take place and he took the time to explain everything with meticulous detail. More importantly, when I called Levi he returned my phone calls in a timely/professional time frame...
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