Whereas a work visa or employment-based visa allows for legal entry for non-immigrants into the United States for limited periods of time, usually for specific jobs, permanent residency, or a “green card” or immigrant visa will allow entry into the country when there is an intention of staying. Anybody needing to acquire a green card in the Chicago area should speak to a Chicago green card lawyer.
Green card holders are allowed to work any job in the United States, and permanent resident status is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Priority status is given to spouses, dependent children, and parents, while green cards for other family members will be subject to annual quotas, and approval can often take several years.
Foreign nationals can obtain permanent residency in the United States by way of the following:
People related to United States citizens could be eligible for permanent residency based on their degree of relation. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, people who have the following relationships with United States citizens can be eligible to obtain green cards:
People seeking permanent resident status may be able to obtain the status through job offers, investing in enterprises creating jobs in the United States, demonstrating extraordinary ability, obtaining a National Interest Waiver, or having a job that fits into a special category. Permanent worker visa preference categories include:
Refugees and asylees entering the United States can generally be eligible for permanent resident status after one year in the United States for refugees or after one year after the grant of asylum for asylees. While asylees will not be required to apply for permanent resident status after one year, refugees will have to.
Several issues could result in the denial of an application for permanent residency. You will want to retain legal counsel for assistance with a possible immigration appeal.
If you need assistance securing permanent residency or a green card in Chicago, make sure that you are working with an experienced lawyer. The Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren helps clients throughout the Chicagoland area obtain the approval necessary to secure green cards.
Our firm has been handling immigration cases since 1973. You can call us or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation that will allow us to take a longer look at your case and outline all of your legal options.