A green card offers a non-citizen permanent legal residency in the country, enabling them to live and work in the U.S. permanently. For some individuals, this is the next step to obtaining citizenship and naturalization. A visa is a temporary document provided for individuals who wish to work or study, and this includes nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. A Santa Ana green card & visa lawyer can help individuals determine what documentation fits their needs.
To get a green card, a non-citizen typically needs a family member or employer-backed sponsorship. Conversely, a visa may not require a sponsorship, but it does require a specific purpose. It also only applies for a limited period of time before the individual must leave the country.
It can be difficult to determine what documentation is right for your immigration goals. A qualified attorney is useful in determining this and helping you through the application process.
U.S. Law Center has worked for years in immigration law, and our team has a deep understanding of the requirements needed to apply for a green card or visa. Whether you are in the Santa Ana area or are hoping to move to the U.S., we can help you navigate your immigration needs.
Immigration law is complex and frequently changing. It’s important to have dedicated professionals by your side during this process. Our team can help you gather information, file your application, and meet important legal deadlines. We want to give your application for a green card or visa its greatest chance of success.
There are several potential challenges that can arise during the filing and application process of gaining a visa or green card. These challenges depend on your unique situation and the type of documentation that you are trying to obtain. Challenges could include:
An attorney can also assist you with deportation proceedings, discrimination on your application, and false accusations of fraud or criminal activity.
There is no legal requirement to have an attorney support you while applying for a green card or visa. However, it can be exceptionally beneficial to have an attorney guiding you. An attorney can help you:
An attorney can review your situation and help you make informed decisions about legal issues that can severely impact your future.
Although a lawyer cannot guarantee a faster process and has no control over the speed of other agencies, an attorney can do a lot to benefit the green card process. An attorney can help you gather information and file your application.
Because an attorney knows what information the application must cover and how it must be presented, the application is more likely to be successful. Without an attorney, individuals may make mistakes on applications that slow down the process and require them to repeat it. Working with an attorney can limit this likelihood.
Although you are not required to have an attorney present for a green card interview, it can be incredibly beneficial and is recommended. Legal representation during the interview more effectively protects your rights. Some interviewers may attempt underhanded tactics, and an attorney knows how to handle these situations. Interviewers are also less likely to attempt these actions when an attorney is present.
Additionally, working with an attorney prior to your interview may make you more prepared. Immigration attorneys often handle many of these cases, and they can help you understand what to expect.
A law firm can only sponsor a green card for an attorney or other employee they plan to hire. A law firm cannot sponsor a green card for all individuals, but an individual can get a sponsorship for a green card if they obtain an internship or job with a law firm.
Green card sponsorships are primarily work-based and family-based sponsorships. Either an individual must be employed by a company in the U.S. that will sponsor them, or the individual has a close family member who is a legal permanent resident or a U.S. citizen who can sponsor them.
If requested, the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) can send a green card and other documentation to a representative. To request this, you must file the form Notice of Entry or Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative. Without this form, the USCIS will send the documentation to the address you wrote on the application. You can update this address with the USCIS or USPS if it changes after submitting your application.
Contact U.S. Law Center today to learn how we can aid you with your visa or green card application.