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The process of formally applying to become a lawful permanent U.S. resident can be an intimidating one, especially if you have not dealt with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services before. Unfortunately, the procedures involved with this kind of application can also be quite complicated for any single applicant to sort through, regardless of any prior experiences they have.

If you need help applying for legal permanent resident (LPR) status in Washington, DC, a dedicated green card attorney from Hacking Immigration Law, LLC is available to provide guidance and support. With our experience and skill on your side, you could have a far better chance of getting through this process smoothly and achieving your dreams of permanent U.S. residency.

Determining Eligibility for a Green Card

The first step anyone seeking legal permanent resident status must take before filing an application is ensuring they qualify to receive a green card. The two most common ways that applicants qualify for a green card are through family connections with individuals already living here legally, or through an employer who wants to hire them to work at their U.S.-based company or branch.

However, there are also a few other ways to qualify for LPR status in Washington, DC, including declaration of refugee or asylum status, specialized programs meant to protect victims of abuse, crime, and/or human trafficking, selection in the Diversity Visa Lottery, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. An experienced attorney could discuss all of these options in greater detail and identify what grounds a particular person could use for their application.

Filing the Right Forms and Documents

Anyone who has a family member or employer sponsoring their LPR application must have this person file either Form I-130 or Form I-140, respectively, on their behalf, as they will need an immigrant visa before applying for legal permanent resident status in Washington, DC. Other forms may be necessary for individuals applying based on different grounds.

Once USCIS approves someone’s immigrant petition, the next step they should take if they are already inside U.S. borders is applying for adjustment of status by filing Form I-485. Individuals outside U.S. borders need to go through Consular Processing, which has a few extra steps that an immigration lawyer could explain as needed.

Checking on the Status of an LPR Application

This application process generally also involves both biometrics screening and an interview with U.S. immigration officials, either at a USCIS field office or the Embassy or Consulate in the country from which the applicant is applying. Once all these steps are done, the application process for Legal Permanent Resident status in Washington, DC enters its longest and most frustrating phase: waiting for a final verdict from USCIS.

Applicants can check on their application status by inputting their receipt number into the USCIS Case Status online tool. If a delay lasts for an unreasonable amount of time, though, it may be worth talking to a lawyer about legal options for moving this process along.

A Washington, DC Attorney Could Help with Applying for Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) Status

This is just a brief overview of the steps that go into applying for Legal Permanent Resident Status in Washington, DC. To understand these requirements more clearly as well as to ensure compliance with them completely, you may need help from a knowledgeable legal professional.

Retaining an attorney to help with your application could make a world of difference in your chances of a positive final response. Learn more about how Hacking Immigration Law, LLC could help you by calling today.

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Navigating the maze of U.S. immigration law can be tricky for anybody, especially if English is your second language or you have unique circumstances motivating you to move here. Fortunately, if you are unsure about any areas of immigration or the naturalization process, help through an immigration lawyer (Washington DC) is available at the Hacking Immigration Law LLC.

Retaining one of our dedicated Washington DC immigration lawyers could help you both with USCIS and other U.S. immigration authorities. To find out how immigration attorneys could help you with your specific case, call us today to schedule a consultation.
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The attorneys at the Hacking Immigration Law are dedicated to helping the foreign-born people of St. Louis to live and work in the United States. This dedication is reflected in the kind and grateful words of the clients they have helped. Read what others have to say about the hard work that the Hacking Immigration Law has done to help those in St. Louis.

Does paying for premium processing on an H1B case mean I will find out sooner if our case was selected in the lottery?

Premium processing is an add-on service that USCIS offers for a variety of immigration cases, primarily in the employment-based visa categories.Premium processing costs an additional $1225 in USCIS filing fees.

What is the H-1B visa lottery and how does it work?

In 2014, USCIS received more than 172,000 H-1B visa applications on the April 1st deadline, exceeding Congress’s cap by 87,000 applications.

Can an Unmarried Son or Daughter of a Lawful Permanent Resident Keep Their F2B Visa Classification After Their Sponsoring Parent Naturalizes?

The immigration laws treat the adult, unmarried children of citizens differently than the adult, unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.

What is the "newspaper of general circulation" for PERM job postings?

The Department of Labor requires employers to advertise positions that they intend to submit a PERM application on to publish the job position in the local newspaper of general circulation.

Can I Apply for Citizenship with an Expired Green Card?

In the past, USCIS and some immigration attorneys believed that you could not become a naturalized citizen if you did not have a valid green card (LPR) card to bring with you to your naturalization interview.

Is there such a thing as expedited removal of an immigrant and, if so, what is it?

Most people believe that removal orders or “deportation” orders only happen when you go to the immigration court and see an immigration judge. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Does testing positive for HIV make someone inadmissible to the United States?

On January 4, 2010, the United States officially removed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” that make an individual ineligible for admission to the United States.

Are there any special visas for translators who assisted US forces in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Under United States immigration law, there are two Special Immigrant Visas available for Iraqi citizens or nationals who have worked for the United States.