Jacksonville Green Card Attorneys
Assistance with Family and Employment-Based Visas
A green card, also known as a permanent resident card, allows an individual who is not a U.S. citizen to permanently live and work in the United States. At Weldon Law Group, PLLC, our green card lawyer in Jacksonville helps our clients obtain green cards through family-based immigrant visas and employment-based immigrant visas.
Contact Weldon Law Group online or call (904) 712-2556 to set up a free 30-minute consultation. Our green card lawyers in Jacksonville are here for you! Se habla Español.
How Do I Get a Green Card?
A green card is essential in order to become a citizen in the U.S and it gives you rights and responsibilities. As a general overview, the application process begins by:
- Find out if your are eligible - family petition or through employment.
- File Form I-485 (Permanent Residence) and have any documents needed.
- Once the USCIS reviews your application you will need to go through an interview.
- If you pass the interview, you will obtain a green card that is valid for 10 years.
More people obtain a green card via a petition by a family member than in any other way. Each year, the number of visas available through family-based immigration is limited to 226,000 and are issued in the order they are filed. Green cards for immediate family members are not subject to this limit. This includes green cards for spouses, minor children, and parents of United States citizens.
After immediate family, the order of preference for green cards is:
- Unmarried children of U.S. citizens
- Spouses and minor children of permanent residents
- Unmarried adult children of permanent residents
- Married children of U.S. citizens
- Siblings of U.S. citizens
The immigration quotas fill quickly, and there may be a long line of people in front of you. For this reason, it is best to apply for a green card for a family member as soon as possible. Our Jacksonville green card attorney has helped many clients secure a green card through family-based immigration; he has the legal knowledge required to guide you through the process. Attorney Ian Weldon is also fluent in Spanish and can assist Spanish-speaking clients in their native language.
How to Get a Green Card Through Work?
In order to get a green card based on employment, a prospective employer can petition on behalf of the person or the individual may petition on his or her own for certain categories of employment. A person with an employment-based green card may also bring a spouse and minor children to the United States.
You may be eligible to apply for a green card if you are an immigrant worker and are in the first-preference, second-preference, or third-preference categories. You may also apply as a physician through the National Interest Waiver (NIW). You must agree to work full-time in an underserved area for a specific period of time. Finally, you may apply as an immigrant investor.
Applying Via EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3
If you are eligible through the preference categories, the application process is as follows:
- File the Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Resident or Adjust Status
- File Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
How Long Does It Take to Get a Green Card Through Employment?
The processing timeline for a green card through employment-based immigration is different for everyone. Many delays can come up depending on the situation. For the most part, the sponsorship process takes a few years, however, a foreign worker may begin work through a temporary work visa while waiting for the green card to go through.
Below is an overview of the green card process through employment with estimated times:
- Permanent Labor Certification / PERM Process: 6 months to several years
- Approval of the I-140 petition: an average of 4 months
- Approval of the I-485 application: an average of 6 months
If you are waiting for a green card, below is a list of some temporary work visas you may use to start working in the United States:
- B-1 Visa
- Investor visas
- H-1B Visa
- L-1 Visa
- O Visa
- P Visa
- R Visa
To see what your options are, reach out to a Jacksonville green card attorney at Weldon Law Group.
Choose Our Skilled Green Card Lawyers in Jacksonville
At Weldon Law Group, PLLC, our green card attorneys have years of experience in immigration law. We can help ensure that your application is completed accurately and all supporting documentation is included with your application.
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