Understanding the types of green cards and the criteria for applying for each one helps individuals determine the correct type of green card to apply for, along with the specific category. The process of applying for a green card, whether for yourself or someone close to you, is often considered a complex process. Immigration attorney Susan Han has years of experience helping individuals and families obtain green cards.
If you or a loved one wishes to apply to become a lawful permanent resident — also known as a “green card holder” — contacting Ms. Han is the ideal way to learn more about the process and to get started. We also offer various immigration services for our clients, including assisting with visa services and citizenship.
What Do I Need to Know about the Types of Green Cards?
The first step to gaining information about the various types of green cards available is to clearly understand the criteria and circumstances for applying for each type of green card.
Green card holders are lawful permanent residents that are non-citizens of the United States but are legally authorized to live in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security explains that once an individual becomes a lawful permanent resident, that person can own property, join the U.S. military, receive benefits afforded to other students in colleges and universities, and may accept employment without special restrictions.
One type of green card requires a process known as “adjustment of status.” If your immigration petition is already approved, and you are currently in the United States, the adjustment of status is likely the best way to apply for lawful permanent residency. When you apply using the adjustment of status process, you do not have to return to your home country to complete the visa processing.
The second process for obtaining a green card is “consular processing.” This road to obtaining a green card is specifically for individuals residing outside of the U.S. You or your loved one can apply to enter the United States at a U.S. Department of State consulate while on foreign soil and start the process to become a lawful permanent resident from there.
Susan Han has the experience to assist individuals that wish to change status from a nonimmigrant visa should you decide that you cannot or do not wish to return to your home country.
Green Card Eligibility
There are several categories under which you or a person close to you may qualify to apply for a green card. The primary category is the applicant applying as an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen. This includes the children, parents, or spouse of a U.S. citizen.
Other categories of eligibility include:
- Family-sponsored preferences which are other relatives of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
- Green card through eligible employment
- Green card for a special immigrant such as certain religious workers or certain qualifying juveniles
- Certain individuals who are victims of specific crimes, including abuse and human trafficking
There are other categories that may allow individuals to qualify for a green card. Ms. Han has the expertise to discuss these categories and their qualifications with you when you contact us today.
Learn More by Reaching Out to Experienced Immigration Attorney Susan Han
The process of acquiring a green card can be lengthy and complicated. You do not have to try to understand these complex forms and processes on your own when Susan Han is available to help guide you on the road to becoming a lawful permanent resident. Contact Ms. Han online today or call 410.599.3100 to learn more about types of green cards, immigrant visas, citizenship and naturalization, and other immigration services.