Green Card Attorneys in Skokie
Helping Foreign Nationals Obtain Permanent Residency
Becoming a permanent resident of the United States can be a complicated process. Applicants must complete numerous applications and often have to endure a lengthy waiting period. Plus, if an applicant’s application is denied, he or she could find him or herself waiting even longer.
Whether you are seeking a green card for yourself or an immediate family member, you need a trusted green card attorney in Skokie to help you with your case. At Gambacorta Law, our lawyers deliver results-driven counsel to help foreign nationals achieve their immigration goals.
Get started on your application today by calling (847) 443-9303.
Understanding the Process
Permanent residency does not happen overnight. It is a time-consuming process that requires persistence and patience. Otherwise, you risk application denial or rejection.
First, you will need a non-immigrant visa. This visa must be maintained for several years before you can apply for an immigrant visa. While there are special circumstances that can allow you to skip this step, these circumstances are rare and most immigrants do not qualify for them. If you marry a U.S. citizen, you still have to wait three years after the marriage date to apply for citizenship. Other cases can take up to five years.
Some other considerations for permanent residency include:
- A sponsorship from a family member living in the United States
- Proof that you have lived and worked in the U.S. and that you have not posed a threat to public safety by committing a crime
- Proof of all USCIS application requirements
Green Card Renewal
Green card renewal is a very important process for lawful permanent residents. Green cards are only valid for 10 years. Although the card has an expiration date, a person’s permanent resident status never expires.
The green card is an official documentation of lawful permanent resident status and may be used as an identification card. That is why it is important to always keep your card up to date. An expired green card makes it difficult to prove that you are a permanent resident, which may affect your ability to travel or to work in the United States.
Renewing a Green Card When Outside of the United States
If you are outside the U.S. and your green card is going to expire within the next six months but you plan to return within one year of your departure from the U.S, you should renew your card as soon as you return to the United States and before the card expires.
If you are outside the U.S. when your green card expires and you did not apply for the renewal card before you left, you should contact the nearest U.S. Consulate, USCIS office, or U.S. Port of Entry before attempting to file Form I-90 for green card renewal.
Alternative: File for U.S. Citizenship
If you are eligible, you may apply for citizenship instead of renewing your green card. The USCIS will allow you to carry an expired green card as long as you have filed the N-400 Application for Naturalization.
Keep in mind that if you need to change jobs or travel outside the U.S., renewing your green card would probably be more practical to prove your permanent residence status.
Why You Need an Attorney
Obtaining permanent residency requires the assistance of a dedicated, honest immigration attorney. At Gambacorta Law, our green card attorneys in Skokie understand how important your immigration goals are. We can help you through the process and ensure that your application is as strong as possible.
Schedule a consultationwith our skilled legal team today by calling (847) 443-9303.