Applying for a Green Card
Need help obtaining permanent residence? Call the firm!
Having a green card means that you have been lawfully admitted to the United
States for permanent residence. Lawful permanent residence, which differs
from citizenship, is acquired when a person first enters the United States
using an immigrant visa issued by a U.S. consulate or adjusts their status
within the United States.
When you come to the Law Office of Timothy D. Widman for help, you will
be working with a Cupertino immigration attorney who has substantial experience
assisting individuals with the process of applying for green cards. Attorney
Widman has more than 15 years of law practice experience, and can assist
you with every aspect of the process. Our clients have come from all across
San Jose, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont, and
surrounding areas to seek out our immigration services.
Whether you represent a corporation seeking to assist an employee with
applying for a green card or you are hoping to reunite your loved ones
from abroad, you can take the first step by
filling out a case evaluation form.
What You Need to Know About Lawful Permanent Resident Status
A lawful permanent resident has the status of residing in the United States
indefinitely as an immigrant. However, they can still face deportation
for serious crimes. Furthermore, while a green card holder can travel
internationally, they must maintain permanent residence in the U.S. to
keep their status. Gaining this status in the first place is the challenging
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) recognizes five categories of
- Family-sponsored immigrants
- Employment-based immigrants
- Diversity immigrants
- Refugees and asylees
Of the two routes for obtaining a green card,
Adjustment of Status tends to be more common than
Consular Processing, given that most new LPRs are already living in this country at the time
of filing. That is because the majority of lawful permanent residents are
family-sponsored, as opposed to
Why apply for a green card?
The first and most obvious benefit of becoming a lawful permanent resident
is that you will be permitted to lawfully remain in the United States
indefinitely. You will also have the right to work, and there generally
will not be any restrictions on where you may live and the type of occupation
you maintain. You may also be able to help your spouse and children obtain
immigrant visas so that they can join you in the country.
You may also be able to apply for federal public benefits through Social
Security, Supplemental Security Income and Medicare, provided that you
are otherwise eligible for these programs. Furthermore, you may be able
to attend public school, join the military, and even obtain a driver's
license. Overall, you will be able to enjoy your life in this country
just like any other American, and after either three years or five years,
you may be eligible to apply for naturalization.
Talk with a Cupertino Immigration Lawyer Today
Ready to learn more about your options for immigrating to the U.S.? The
Law Office of Timothy D. Widman can review your situation with you and
help you determine if applying for a green card is the right step. Once
you have your green card, you can work with the firm to pursue citizenship
if that is your end goal. Whatever the case, make sure you have trusted
legal counsel by your side throughout the process.
Call the Cupertino immigration attorney
at the office as soon as you can to get the help you deserve!