If you’re a foreign national who lives and works in the United States and you want to establish permanent residency, the first thing you’re likely to do is apply for a permanent alien registration card, also known as a “green card.”

Also known as a Permanent Resident Card, these 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, and as long as you maintain a clean criminal record (except for traffic offenses), you can renew for another 10 years. While that sounds straightforward, the process can be extremely competitive since the U.S. government only issues a certain number of registration cards. Plus, there are other aspects that can slow down or halt your progress entirely. It pays to find a local immigration lawyer with the education and experience needed to improve the entire process.

To attain the legal help you need to guide you through the process, the Law Office of Raymond O. Griffith can help. With more than 20 years of experience, our team can help you to understand exactly what needs to be done during the application, and help you with the numerous forms and documents that need to be completed and proven. For the experienced legal advocacy that you need, contact us online or by phone today.