Foreign nationals who wish to reside in the United States on a permanent basis must apply to become Legal Permanent Residents, a process informally known as obtaining a “Green Card”. To apply for a green card, individuals must fall into either a family based or employment based category.
An individual is eligible for a family-based green card opportunity if they have a qualifying family member, such as a spouse, child, parent or sibling, who is willing to sponsor them. The family member must be either a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident. After three or five years, a Legal Permanent Resident may apply to naturalize and become a U.S. citizen.
Employment Based Immigration represents about 13% of total U.S. immigration and is one of the primary ways that people can become green card holders, either through immigrating from abroad after consular processing, or adjusting status while in the United States.
Our firm can guide you through the complicated process of getting an EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Workers visa, if you have an extraordinary ability, are an outstanding professor or researcher, or are a multinational executive or manager. We can also guide you through the complicated process of getting an EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa if you are an entrepreneur who is willing to make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States, and who plans to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. The EB-5 visa is also available to their spouses and unmarried children under 21.
Seeking the right to live and work in the United States is a complex process that has been made even more difficult by constantly changing laws. As a result, not all green card applications are approved the first time they are filed. Applicants also risk permanent bars to immigration for seemingly small errors. However, working with an experienced immigration lawyer, familiar with the green card process, will greatly improve your chances of approval.
At the Bustos Law Firm, we are experienced in the green card process. From preparing the application, to providing supporting documentation and responding to Requests for Evidence from USCIS, we will work with you to properly complete and file your application until you have your green card in hand.