In order to legally live and work in the United States on a permanent basis, you will need a Permanent Resident Card, more commonly known as a Green Card. You may be eligible for a Green Card if you meet the criteria listed for at least one of the following categories:
- Special Immigrant
- Refugee or Asylee Status
- Victims of Human Trafficking and Crimes
- Abuse Victims
Your Green Card application process will depend on whether you are currently inside the United States. However, the general process is as follows:
- Another person sponsors you by filing a petition to support your case.
- Once your petition has been approved with a visa in your category, you will file a Green Card Application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- You will attend a Biometrics Appointment for fingerprints, photos, etc.
- You will be given an interview.
- Following the interview, the USCIS will decide on your application.
Applying for a Green Card can be stressful for even the most qualified applicants. The application can be complicated and there is no guarantee that your application will be granted. Fortunately, there are qualified immigration attorneys in Virginia who are able to help.
An attorney can make sure no details are overlooked and give you the best chance at having your application approved on the first try. If your application does get denied, an attorney can help you decide what to do next.