An immigrant visa allows someone to be a lawful permanent resident in the United States. A lawful permanent resident is someone who is allowed to stay in the United States as long as they follow the law. This makes it different than a non-immigrant visa that allows the person to stay in the country for a set period of time. If a lawful permanent chooses to, they can apply to become US citizens.
There are many benefits to being a lawful permanent resident. The biggest is that, as long as someone does not leave and stay out of the United States for too long, they can live in the country indefinitely as a lawful permanent resident. There are four ways to become a lawful permanent resident:
However, to have the most rights in the United States, a person needs to be a citizen. Anyone born in the United States is a citizen, and others can become citizens through the naturalization process. If someone is a lawful permanent resident, lives in the United States for five years, and can show that they are a person of good moral character and can pass the civics test, they can apply for naturalization and move from lawful permanent resident status to citizenship. Then, if the person has children under 18 when the parents become citizen, they would become US citizens as well.
Whether you want to work towards naturalization or remain as a lawful permanent resident, an attorney can help. We can help you determine your options and whether you should consider citizenship. Call the Hacking Law Practice, LLC to discuss your options.