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  Process of Obtaining a Green Card

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A person may obtain permanent residence status primarily through a family member, employment,

investment, the diversity lottery, refugee or asylum status. However, annual numerical limitations are imposed on the number of immigrants applying for a green card through certain family members (See Green Card Through Family),  employment and the diversity lottery. When visa demand exceeds the allocated number of visas in a given year in a given category, approved immigrants have to wait until a visa becomes available. 

Immigrants who are subject to numerical limitations have to go through a three-step process to get a green card. The first step is to get the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approve the immigrant petition. Then, immigrants must obtain a visa number through the National Visa Center (NVC), for which there may be a long wait due to numerical limitations as discussed above. Visas are issued to approved immigrants in the order in which a petition has been filed. Finally, once immigrants obtain a visa number, they must either adjust their current status to lawful permanent residence (LPR) with the USCIS (if located in the U.S.) or obtain an immigrant visa through consular processing. See
Visas and Consular Processing

Immigrants who are not subject to numerical limitations can immediatly adjust their status to LPR immediately after the USCIS approves the immigrant petition if they are in the United States or go through consular processing to get an immigrant visa if they are outside of the U.S. 

The entire process to become a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. may take several years, and the process itself is not easy. Do not let a mistake get on your way of establishing lawful permanent residence in the U.S. We can streamline your legalization process and safe you a lot of time and money. Call us now for a legal consultation.