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Green Card Processing and Renewals Attorney

Some of the most frequent questions that we get at Olubusayo Fasidi PC involve green cards. These questions usually fall into one of two broad categories:

  1. those regarding the initial processing of an application for a green card, and
  2. those concerning the renewal or replacement of a green card that has already been issued.
We take pride in being able to provide answers to both sets of questions and guide our clients through the entire process, from start to finish.
Over the past 10+ years, we have helped numerous clients with green card processing and renewals, and we are confident that we can help you as well. Shoulder to shoulder, we will work with you every step to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible for you and that you end up with the outcome you desire.
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What Is a Green Card?

A Green Card is an identification card that proves that a person is a legal permanent resident of the United States. The card is also known as a Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Card. A Green Card holder is entitled to live and work in the United States indefinitely and can apply for U.S. citizenship after five years. Green Card holders are also eligible for certain government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare. There are several ways to get a green card:

  • through a family member who is a U.S. citizen or green card holder;
  • through employment;
  • as a refugee or asylee;
  • by winning the annual diversity lottery; or
  • through certain other humanitarian programs.
The most common way to get a green card is through a family member who is a U.S. citizen or green card holder. If you have a close relative who is a U.S. citizen, they may be able to sponsor you for a green card. Employment-based sponsorship is also possible, though it typically requires the employer to go through a lengthy and sometimes difficult process to prove that there are no qualified U.S. citizens or green card holders who can do the job.
Refugees and asylees may also be eligible for green cards, as may those who have won the annual diversity lottery. Certain humanitarian programs, such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA), may provide a path to a green card.
Once you have obtained a green card, it is important you remember that the card itself not the status is not permanent and will need to be renewed every ten years. This information does not apply to conditional residents who received the 2 year green cards. You will also need to carry your green card with you at all times, as it is proof of your legal status in the United States.

Initial Green Card Processing

The first step in applying for a green card is determining which category you fall into. There are several different categories, and each has its own set of requirements that must be met. For example, if you are applying as a skilled worker, you will need to have a job offer from a U.S. employer and be able to prove that you have the skills and qualifications to do the job. If you are applying as a family member of a U.S. citizen or green card holder, you will need to prove your relationship to the sponsoring relative The next step is to file the proper paperwork with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This will include an application and any supporting documents that are required. After your application has been filed, you will be scheduled for an interview with a USCIS officer. The purpose of the interview is to verify the information on your application and to obtain any additional information that may be needed. Once the interview is complete, the USCIS officer will make a decision on your case. If you are approved, you will be issued a green card. If you are denied, you will be allowed to appeal the decision or to file a new application.






Renewing or Replacing Your Green Card

As mentioned previously, a green card is not permanent and will need to be renewed every ten years. The renewal process is typically very similar to the initial application process, though it may be slightly simpler. Here’s a summary of what you need to do to renew your green card:

  • Fill out an application. Include all of the same information as on your original application, plus any updated information about employment or education status. Also, include a new photo.
  • Attend an interview at a local USCIS office, if required.
  • Once your application is approved, you will receive a new green card in the mail. This process can take several months, so make sure to start the renewal process well before your current green card expiration date.
If you have any questions about renewing your green card or the green card renewal process in general, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Green Card Processing and Renewals Attorney at Olubusayo Fasidi PC for help.

Why You Need a Green Card Processing and Renewals Attorney

While you can go through the Green Card application and renewal process on your own, having a Green Card Processing and Renewals Attorney will give you better chances of success and peace of mind, knowing that your case is being handled by a professional. An attorney can help you with the entire process, from start to finish. This includes determining which category you fall into, filing the necessary paperwork, preparing for the interview, and appealing a denial, if necessary. An attorney can also help you if you have had a change in your circumstances, such as getting married or divorced, having a child, or changing jobs. These changes can affect your green card status and an attorney can advise you on how to proceed. Finally, an attorney can help you if you run into any problems with your green card, such as if it is lost or stolen.

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