The green card application process can be a complicated one, especially if you’re new to the U.S. or English is not your first language. We can help. Check out our comprehensive guide to the green card application process below!
The Green Card Application Process Breakdown
The first step to getting your green card is to ensure you’re eligible. In order to seek a green card, you must have a family member who is a U.S. citizen, have a U.S.-based job or employment opportunity, or be seeking refugee or asylum status.
Once you’ve determined your eligibility, it’s time to:
· Move to have your legal status adjusted, if you’re already in the U.S.
· Get your employer or sponsoring family member to file a petition on your behalf.
· Complete your filing, including any supporting documents and evidence, and submit it to the Embassy or Consulate in your country.
· Apply for any travel documents, if you’re seeking re-entry, advance parole, or plan to travel as a refugee.
· Apply for your employment authorization, if you are eligible to work in the U.S.
· Submit to medical examinations. For most types of green cards, you will be required to undergo a medical exam before your application will be approved.
· Have your family member or employer file an affidavit of support, establishing him or herself as your sponsor.
Finally, if you’ve filed as an immediate family member (a spouse, parent, or child) of a U.S. citizen, your green card will be processed right away. For other categories, you will receive a visa number and priority date and, once those become available, your card will be granted.
Help with the Green Card Application Process
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