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What are the green card eligibility categories?

There are many diverse paths to citizenship for people living outside of the U.S. To obtain a green card, which allows permanent legal residency, you must fit into one of the eligibility categories. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains a few of these categories so you can make a determination about your future. 

Successfully maneuvering the green card process

For many people, the process of applying for a green card can be time-consuming, full of uncertainty and very stressful. Some people are unable to obtain a green card, and this can be especially frustrating when they would have been qualified for a green card but did not take the right approach to the process. Our law office knows how daunting the green card process can be, but we also know how rewarding it can be for those who have successfully worked their way through the entire process. If you are able to do so, your life may transform in various ways.

What are the eligibility requirements for naturalization?

The process of becoming eligible to be considered for naturalization in California is a unique method that allows you to prepare for permanent residency in the United States. If followed properly, you can simultaneously learn about America and become accustomed to the culture, as well as gradually meet the formal requirements that are listed as part of your quest to be granted permanent residency. 

Young immigrants fleeing abuse may be 'too old' for green cards

Since the 1990s, the United States has allowed immigrant children under 21 years old to retain a court appointed guardian if they were victims of abuse or neglect through a Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) classification. With an SIJ classification, young immigrants have been eligible for a green card that allows them to legally reside in the United States. However, the Trump administration has begun denying applications from immigrants once they reach 18 years old.

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