Becoming a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States can be an enormous immigration advantage to people who are trying to integrate into the American culture. Becoming a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR aka Green Card Holder) allows an individual to stay and live within the USA for an indefinite period of time. After 5 years of being a LPR the individual can now apply to be a United States Citizen (3 years if married to a citizen). LPR status is the second best immigration status after becoming a US citizen, assuming you want to live indefinitely in the USA. Because becoming a Legal Permanent Resident has such great advantages it’s not very easy to receive unless you qualify for it. The two main ways to qualify for a Green Card is either through family or work. Once you are given your LPR status, it is yours forever unless you commit a crime which makes you deportable or if you abandon your status.
Factors to consider when applying for a Green card is whether the beneficiary is currently in the USA legally or not. If the person applying for the Green Card entered illegally they must ask for a waiver to excuse their unlawful presence. Without this waiver they cannot be granted Legal Permanent Resident Status.
If you or a loved one is interested in becoming a Legal Permanent Resident, please feel free to Contact Us and schedule a consultation. Our office can help with the entire process and ensure you do everything correctly.