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Florida Immigration Attorney Describes The Steps to Legally Immigrate to the United States and Secure a Green Card

Aug 15, 2022 | Blogs

If you are seeking to immigrate to the United States legally, your goal is to obtain a Green Card, making you a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Before you can get a Green Card, you will need to obtain an immigrant visa. Depending on your current status, location, and unique situation, your process to receive a Green Card may vary.

The Santos Law Offices is a leading immigration law firm based in Miami and Orlando, handling various immigration issues for clients from many countries. Everyone’s situation is different, and we work closely with you to guide you through the proper processes while anticipating and avoiding common pitfalls and mistakes that can threaten your successful immigration efforts. We welcome your questions and invite you to call us at (305) 417-4111 today to schedule a free consultation.

Determine Your Eligibility for a Green Card

First, we will need to determine your eligibility category. You will need to be eligible as one of the following:

  • Green Card through Family
  • Green Card through Employment
  • Green Card as a Special Immigrant
  • Green Card through Refugee or Asylee Status
  • Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims
  • Green Card for Victims of Abuse
  • Green Card through Other Categories
  • Green Card through Registry

Simple Errors in Your Forms or Documentation Can Cause Big Problems for Your Immigration Efforts

An experienced immigration attorney can help you to identify the correct eligibility categories for you or your loved ones and ensure they are completed and submitted correctly. Don’t search for “immigration law firms near me” in Miami or Orlando. The Santos Law Offices is available for free virtual or in-person consultations for your convenience, and we welcome your questions. Hablamos español.

You Will Probably Need a Sponsor to Petition For You To Get a Green Card

Most people seeking a Green Card must complete both an immigrant petition and a Green Card application (I-485). Another person will usually have to petition for you as your sponsor. Again, there are several categories, and each has a different form that may apply to you. We can guide you through the process and help you to complete the correct forms, submitting them on your behalf:

  • Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130)
  • Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (Form I-140)
  • Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition (Form I-730)
  • Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal (Form I-589)
  • Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (Form I-360)
  • Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur (Form I-526)
  • Petition of U Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-918)
  • Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant (Form I-929)

In some cases, you may be able to petition for yourself, or you may be eligible for Concurrent Filing, and we can help you to identify the most effective way to file your forms in line with your goals.

Determine Whether You Will Need Adjustment of Status or Consular Processing

Your next steps will depend on whether you are already legally in the United States or if you are still living in your home country. Green Card applicants legally in the United States will usually pursue the Adjustment of Status route, whereas applicants in their home countries will use Consular Processing.

We will walk you through whichever processes apply to you, helping you to avoid missteps that can prevent your successful application. While these two processes differ and individual cases may vary, the Green Card application process for both routes generally includes the following:

  • Someone files an immigrant petition for you (sponsoring you) unless you can petition for yourself
  • Upon approval of the immigrant petition, once a visa is available in your category, you file a Green Card application with USCIS or a visa application with the U.S. Department of State (DOS)
  • You attend a biometrics appointment involving fingerprinting, photos, and your signature
  • You prepare for and attend an interview (if applicable)
  • You are notified of the decision on your application

Contact an experienced immigration attorney to discuss the right path to immigration for you or your loved ones.

Schedule a Free Consultation with an Immigration Law Firm Founded by an Immigrant from Cuba

Dalyla Santos, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba with her family at fourteen, founded The Santos Law Offices, PA. We offer personalized guidance on all immigration-related matters, walking you through the processes and handling paperwork to ensure the proper steps are followed, and your documentation is complete for your goals and purposes. You don’t need to search for an “immigration attorney near me” in and around Miami or Orlando. We have local offices in both cities and treat our clients like family.

We offer free consultations via phone or Zoom, including Saturdays by appointment. Hablamos español. If you prefer to meet in person, we can do so at our offices in Miami or Orlando. Call us at (305) 417-4111 today or fill out our contact form. We understand what it is like to be in your position and are here to help you.

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