Green Card Attorney in Jacksonville
Assistance with Family & 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.
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:
- Finding out if your are eligible - If you have a 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 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.
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.
At Weldon Law Group, PLLC, we can help ensure that your application is completed accurately and all supporting documentation is included with your application.
He did a great job on our immigration case.- B. Z.
we couldn't be more pleased with his service.- H. F.