Seattle Green Card Attorney
Ready to Help You Become a Legal Permanent Resident
If you are interested in becoming a legal permanent resident (LPR) in the United States, a green card allows you to live, work, and remain in the country on a permanent basis. However, the rules and procedures are complex and ever-changing. Since applicants must submit a significant amount of paperwork and a mistake can result in disqualification, it is wise to have a skilled immigration attorney help you navigate the complicated legal process.
At Thorley Defense Law, we are committed to helping clients in Seattle and throughout Washington State who are interested in obtaining a green card. Our legal team can ensure all your paperwork is properly completed, gather all the required documentation, and help you become a legal permanent resident.
Do not hesitate to contact us today at (206) 202-8250 and let our Seattle green card lawyers help you.
How to Obtain a Green Card
A green card is an immigrant visa that allows a person to live in the U.S. permanently. The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) oversees the distribution of green cards.
The following are several methods an immigrant can obtain a green card:
- Family-based green card – If you are a close relative of a U.S. citizen or an LPR, they can petition for you to obtain a green card. American citizens can sponsor their foreign-born spouse, children, and certain immediate relatives, such as parents or siblings. LPRs can sponsor their foreign-born spouse and unmarried children.
- Employment-based green card – Each year, the U.S. government provides hundreds of thousands of work-based visas every year. If you gained permanent employment in the U.S., then your employer can be part of your petition for legal permanent residency. If you are an investor willing to start a business in the U.S., you may also obtain an employment-based green card. Other opportunities include having extraordinary abilities or skills and working in a special job category.
- Asylum- or refugee-based green card – If you have entered the U.S. as a refugee or when seeking asylum, you may be eligible to apply for a green card if you were admitted as a refugee or granted asylum status at least one (1) year ago.
- Victim-based green card – If you are a victim of a crime who currently has a U nonimmigrant visa or human trafficking victim who currently has a T nonimmigrant visa, then you may apply for green card. If you are female victim of domestic violence committed by a spouse who is a U.S. citizen or LPR, by a parent who is a U.S. citizen or LPR, or an adult child who is a U.S. citizen, you may apply for a green card under the federal Violene Against Women Act (VAWA). Other victims of abuse may be eligible for green cards under similar programs.
- Lottery-based green card – 55,000 green cards through the diversity visa (DV) lottery are given every year. Nationals of countries whose immigration rates to the U.S. are the lowest are eligible for the lottery.
Our firm can examine your situation and determine the best legal options to obtain a green card. Whether you need to apply or renew your green card, look no further than Thorley Defense Law for knowledgeable and personalized legal representation.
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Immigration forms can be difficult to complete all by yourself. Not only can a mistake result in your application being denied, but you may also become inadmissible for several years or more. Do not take any chances by preparing your application and going through the legal process alone. Let our Seattle green card attorneys protect your rights and best interests from start to finish.
Call (206) 202-8250 for more information about our experienced legal services.