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Helping Clients Seek Permanent Residency through Green Cards

A green card allows one to live and work in the United States permanently. You can apply for legal permanent residency through different paths, including employment, family sponsorship, the diversity lottery, and other options. 

At Griffith Immigration Law, we help individuals from all walks of life migrate and live in the United States. We recommend you discuss your immigration needs with one of our experienced Baltimore lawyers for green card applications and renewals. We can help you understand U.S. immigration law to determine the best pathway to your permanent residency status.

Book your consultation with a Baltimore green card attorney by contacting Griffith Immigration Law at (410) 883-9157. Hablamos español. 

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Helping Clients Seek Permanent Residency through Green Cards in MD

Also known as a Permanent Resident Card, these cards allow you to legally reside and work within the United States for a two-year conditional period. After that, you can apply for a permanent residency visa. 

Your residency lasts for 10 years. As long as you maintain a clean criminal record (except for traffic offenses), you can renew it for another 10 years. While that sounds straightforward, the process can be highly competitive since the U.S. government only issues a certain number of these registration cards. 

Other aspects can also slow down or halt your progress. It pays to find a local immigration lawyer with the education and experience to walk you through the process.

Applying for a Green Card in the United States

While many different ways to apply for permanent resident status exist, most individuals apply through two main paths: employment-based or family-based categories.

Family-Based Green Card Eligibility

You can apply for a green card through a qualifying U.S. permanent resident or citizen

This family member needs to be an immediate relative in the following categories:

  • U.S. citizen parents
  • Spouses that are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
  • Legal permanent resident parents – applicant needs to be unmarried, and the parent must be over the age of 21
  • U.S. citizen sibling
  • U.S. citizen child – must be under 21 years of age

Different processing times exist for each category. Some can take months, while others can take years. Working with one of our competent immigration attorneys can help. However, each case is unique; some are bound to take longer. 

Securing an Employment-Based Green Card

You can apply for an employment-based green card by yourself or through your United States employer. Many different categories are available under this umbrella, and our immigration attorneys will help you understand each type. 

Your U.S. employer must ensure they have advertised and searched for U.S. job seekers to fill the role before employing you. Each employment visa category – EB-1 to EB-3 – has its own requirements. You should work closely with an experienced immigration firm to choose the best application method.

If you’re married, your spouse and children not older than 21 can accompany you on your employment-based green card. Green card applications do not give you an automatic right to wait and work in the U.S. If you plan to stay for your green card to be approved, you must obtain a separate visa.

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Green Card Renewal 

Green cards expire. They are typically valid for up to 10 years. You must provide a valid, unexpired card whenever you're asked to prove your residency status. 

While your permanent residency status does not expire, the card that proves your permanent residency does expire and needs to be renewed. The renewal process should be initiated well in advance of your green card's expiration date. It is recommended to start the renewal process approximately six months before your green card expires.

Overcoming Obstacles in the Green Card Process

If you have encountered previous immigration issues or face potential obstacles in your application, don't lose hope. Our dedicated team has extensive experience handling complex cases through waivers, appeals, and other legal remedies. We will fight to advocate for your rights and help you in seeking to  overcome any possible barriers.

Get the help you need for green card applications or renewals in Baltimore by contacting Griffith Immigration Law today. 

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