Green Cards

Green Cards

Our immigration attorney will assist and guide you in getting your green card as soon as possible! We are committed to overcoming any possible challenges presented and keeping you informed in your native language throughout the process.

How to Obtain a Green Card

Depending of your situation, obtaining a green card can be done through adjustment of status or through consular processing. Immigrants and Non-Immigrants legally residing in the U.S. are generally eligible for adjustment of status and can become legal permanent resident without having to go abroad. However, those who reside abroad must follow the consular processing pathway by applying at a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad. This process can be complex and waivers may need to filed before one can obtain his green card; therefore, it is recommended to get the help of a experienced immigration attorney.

Steps to Obtaining a Green Card

Step 1

Acquire a U.S. Sponsor

  • A family member directly related to you Learn More
  • An employer can sponsor you for a green card Learn More

At this stage, your sponsor will file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) to show that the beneficiary of such petition qualifies to adjust status in the U.S. or abroad (depending on the circumstances of the case) due to the Sponsor / Beneficiary relationship, either familial or employer/employee relationship.

After the petition is filed, you will be required to go to your nearest USCIS location for a biometrics appointment. At this appointment you will be finger printed and your picture will be taken.

There are other ways to obtain permission to adjust status through business based immigration without needing an employer to sponsor you. Learn more.

Premium processing is available for some petitions. If you request premium processing, you will know whether you qualify for adjustment of status within a 15- day period. There is an extra government charge for premium processing.


Step 2

Adjustment of Status (Process to Obtaining the Green Card)

The beneficiary of the petition mentioned in step one will file for adjustment of status, either in the US or abroad – depending on where the beneficiary is located. If the beneficiary is located outside of the U.S., then the procedure of adjusting the beneficiary’s status is called consular processing.

At this stage, the government will conduct a background check and schedule the beneficiary for an interview.

The beneficiary will need to have a medical examination conducted before the interview. You and your attorney will receive a Notice of Interview notifying you of a date, time, and location for an interview to answer questions under oath. Our firm will prepare you for this interview


Did you enter the U.S. illegally, or break the law while in the U.S.?

If so, you will need to obtain a waiver before you can apply for Adjustment of Status (Step 2)

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