Countless families and individuals across the world have dreams of building a better life in the United States. To do so without restrictions, it is important to obtain a green card.
Acquiring a green card even in Provo, Utah is not easy, however – and having a Utah green card attorney by your side throughout the process is necessary. For decades now, Buhler Thomas Law, P.C. has been assisting those who wish to obtain a green card in Utah. We understand that this is a big step toward naturalization.
What is a Green Card?
A green card, formally known as the United States Lawful Permanent Residency Card, authorizes an individual to live in the U.S. permanently. Those who hold such an identification card are eligible for employment and for a citizenship application after a certain number of years of residency (with exceptions made for those who come to the country as refugees and those who marry U.S. citizens).
The term of the card is ten years, but is renewable. It is issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch under the Department of Homeland Security.
Admissibility and Procedure
The requirements in obtaining a green card vary depending on whether you’re already in the US on a temporary visa, or are still seeking entry to the country.
Whichever the case, our immigration lawyers will work with you to submit the initial admissibility requirements, and guide you through the steps in obtaining a timely adjustment status to remain on American soil.
Green Card through Family
US citizens can petition certain family members to come to the country and live in Provo, Utah permanently through a green card. Immediate relatives (spouses, parents, and unmarried children under the age of 21) are exempt from quotas, and typically have the fastest path to obtain lawful residence in America. They have no waiting time.
Other relatives fall into the “preferences” category, where only a certain number of applicants per category per year may receive a green card. A preference system puts them in a queue for a visa number. The higher the preference, the sooner they may receive a green card.
- 1st Preference: Unmarried children over the age of 21
- 2nd Preference: Married children
- 3rd Preference: Siblings
Green Card through Marriage
An individual married to a US citizen can obtain a marriage green card with help from our Provo, Utah lawyers. An immigrant visa petition may be processed, so that the foreign spouse may enter American soil as a permanent resident.
What happens if the two get divorced? The good news is that separation does not immediately mean you no longer qualify for a US citizenship. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), however, may closely scrutinize your marriage and divorce. This is so they’ll know if the marriage was for immigration purposes only, rather than a sincere intent to be wed.
Green Card through Employment
Aspiring immigrants may obtain a green card when offered permanent employment in the US. The employer, however, must obtain the PERM Labor Certification, which can be complex and overwhelming.
If you are an employer who wishes to sponsor an employee through a green card, we can help you with the Form I-140 and in handling issues with the Department of Labor.
Contact our law office online or call us at 801-691-0604 to learn more.