After an immigrant obtains a visa for work, study, or a visit to the U.S., he or she often considers adjusting his or her status to a more permanent residency. Some choose to start the process as soon as they get to the U.S. due to the sponsorship of a family member who is already a U.S. citizen or for work reasons.
Whatever the reason an immigrant chooses to take more permanent steps can be varied, but he or she likely knows that it will not be an easy task. There may be certain situations that make you eligible for a green card, or you may just be banking on luck. The system is complex, but having a green card comes with many benefits.
Once you obtain a green card, you are eligible for many of the benefits that are given to a U.S. citizen. There are certain expectations and responsibilities that the government expects you to uphold, such as avoiding criminal behavior, registering with the Selective Service if you are 18 to 25 years of age and a male, and paying income tax.
Even with these responsibilities, there are many more benefits to gain. These include the following:
The rights listed above are based on an immigrant who is not under any legal restrictions such as being on parole. Some additional benefits may also be gained by having a more permanent residency status. You should be careful not to violate any laws or restrictions of your residency because failure to abide by them could result in the loss of your status.
Because immigration issues can be challenging to understand, it is imperative that you contact a Denver immigration attorney if you feel like your rights have been violated or you need guidance in understanding what your rights as an immigrant are. The Denver green card attorneys at Joseph & Hall P.C. have decades of experience handling an array of immigration issues. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and make sure that you understand your rights and that they are being protected.
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