Immigration can be a confusing and lengthy process for anyone who intends to come to the United States legally. The following questions are some of those most frequently asked in regard to immigration law.
Also known as a “permanent resident card,” a green card provides an individual with official authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
Also known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, the green card lottery is a program administered each year that provides 55,000 immigrants with a permanent resident card, or a green card. Some countries are exempt from applying and this list changes annually.
“Winning” the green card lottery depends on the number of immigrants the country of origin has sent the U.S. in the past five years. Immigrants from Africa and Europe currently receive 80% of lottery visas, though no single country can receive more than 7% of the total number of visas.
Yes. The three types of visas include work visas, relative and family sponsored visas, and visas for special immigrants. There are more than 20 types of non-immigrants visas for people who would like to travel to the U.S. temporarily.
Legal immigrants living in the U.S. can file a petition for their spouse or children to join them. Additionally, a petition can be filed to bring a fiancé to the U.S. to be married, or for parents of the legal immigrant already living in the U.S.
It takes an average of seven years to become a legal resident of the U.S. The process is lengthier than it is difficult, however.
In order to be eligible for an immigrant employment visa, the applicant’s prospective employer first will request permission from the Department of Labor. Once approved, the individual needs to petition to come to the country. There are many different types of work-based visas so it is important to know which you may qualify for.
Basic immigration statistics include: in 2012 more than 1 million people became legal permanent residents; about 66% of these were granted due to a family relationship. Furthermore, in 2012 more than 757,000 people became U.S citizens.
An attorney knowledgeable about the immigration process can help you and your family organize and file the correct documents, as well as help you find the swiftest and best solution for your particular situation. The numerous forms and fees to be filed can also be overseen by your attorney.
Yes. The lawyers at Gordon & Doner understand the many reasons people choose to come to the United States. Our legal team can help you and your family through the process and be your advocates throughout the entirety of your journey. For help, call us at 1 (855) 722-2552 today.