What is a Green Card?
A green card or Permanent Resident Card is evidence that you are in the United States legally, and have the right to live and work permanently in this country. This is typically the desired status of our clients, although many do go on to pursue full Citizenship.
How do I get a Green Card?
While there are a number of ways to get a green card, the most common are:
- Family-based applications
- Employment-based applications
There is also a Green Card Lottery, which you can apply for without the assistance of an attorney. HOWEVER, if you win the Green Card Lottery and wish to file for a green card, you should definitely consult an attorney.
Finally, you may be able to get a green card through the immigration court. The judges can grant green cards for a variety of reasons, including with special waivers that only the court can grant.
Who can’t get a Green Card?
It is extremely difficult to get a green card if you have any type of criminal record, particularly:
- Aggravated Felonies, or
- Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude (CIMTs)
If you have been arrested, you should consult an immigration attorney in addition to your criminal attorney, especially if considering a plea bargain, Sometimes, extremely small differences distinguish between a CIMT and a non-CIMT crime.
United States Citizen and Immigration Services can use their discretion to deny a Green Card to an alien with a crime that is not an aggravated felony or a CIMT. An experienced immigration attorney can draft an application that is most favorable to you in maximizing your chances to obtain a green card.
At Thomas N Toscano and Associates, we can help. While we don’t practice criminal law, we do know how important fine distinctions can be when it comes to immigration concerns—and we welcome alliances with criminal attorneys. We can help you maximize the likelihood of a successful green card application.
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