How to secure permanent residence in the U.S.

It is the dream of many to live and work in the United States. However, for those who currently reside outside of the U.S., this can be complicated as it requires applying for and being approved for a specific type of visa. Some may qualify for a green card, which means that they have obtained permanent residence in the United States. This is an option for those who intend to live in Louisiana permanently.

Who is eligible?

Not everyone is eligible for a green card, and there are specific steps one must take in order to obtain permanent residence. There are a few different ways to meet this goal, including the following:

  • An employer can sponsor a green card application on the basis of a full-time job offer.
  • An applicant can self-sponsor without a full-time job offer.
  • An applicant can seek permanent residence if he or she is married to a U.S. citizen.
  • An applicant can seek permanent residence with sponsorship from a close relative who is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

The timeline for a green card application, processing times and costs may differ on a case-by-case basis. It can be a complex process, and it may be beneficial to have legal help at every step.

Seeking a successful outcome

Immigration issues are complex. It may be helpful to seek the guidance of an experienced Louisiana immigration law attorney. An assessment of one’s goals will help an applicant to understand his or her options and to take the steps necessary to achieve his or her goals.