Houston Green Card Attorney
Permanent Residency in the United States
Being a global center for opportunity, success and prosperity, the United
States attracts millions of visitors and immigrants every year, hoping
to participate in the American dream. In order to provide a means of access
while maintaining legal limits and boundaries to residence capacity, the
United States offers various forms of documentation and residency to those
coming from other countries. One such type is known as permanent residency,
providing the opportunity to
work, study and live in the country without either the time limitations of
a temporary visa or the irrevocable privileges of full
Permanent residency is documented by a green card, which gives its holder
rights to enter and exit the country permanently as well as work and live
in the United States without a time limit. Green cards are not usually
used as a final achievement, but provide the last step before applying
for full U.S. citizenship.
In order to apply for a green card, one must first meet the requirements
by falling into one of several qualifying categories:
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens: Immediate
family members of current U.S. citizenship have first priority for green card
qualifications. This includes spouses, unmarried individuals with at least
one citizen parent, parents of citizens, as well as stepchildren and adopted
children of U.S. citizens.
Other family members: Any close relations that do not qualify under the category of immediate
Preferred employees and workers: Every year, there are 140,000 green cards available to individuals who
have vocational skills that are needed for the U.S. market at that time.
A job offer is required in order to qualify for these green cards.
Winner of green card lottery, given by ethnic diversity: There are approximately 50,000 green cards reserved for people wishing
to emigrate from countries that have had the fewest immigrants to the
United States in recent years.
Special immigrants: This category varies occasionally to make green cards available to people
in special situations. As circumstances change, this category may change as well.
Refuge and asylum: The United States offers refuge and
asylum in the form of green cards to individuals fleeing their home country for
fear or reasons concerning persecution.
Long-time residents: Certain individuals who have resided in the United States undocumented
for more than ten years may request permanent residency when facing
immigration court proceedings. This remedy is also referred to as "cancellation
Special cases: Rarely, individuals belonging to the U.S. Congress may intervene on individual,
extraordinary cases, helping someone obtain permanency residency for humanitarian reasons.
If you wish to begin the process of becoming a permanent resident of the
United States of America, Houston green card attorney Susham M. Modi wants to help!
Contact our firm today for a consultation.