At Joseph & Hall P.C., we focus solely on all things immigration, which allows us to provide superior legal counsel and services based on our extensive knowledge and experience with the current and recent changes in U.S. immigration law. Our skilled immigration lawyers in Aurora are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complicated web of immigration law, from visa and green card applications to denial appeals and resolving various immigration issues, including:
The main gateway for immigrants who want to pursue permanent residence status in the U.S. is the green card, which grants an immigrant lawful permanent residence status. Lawful permanent residents can stay in the U.S. indefinitely as long as they don’t commit a crime that could make them deportable. They can apply for citizenship after living for five years in the U.S. or three years through marriage to a U.S. citizen.
The U.S. has granted approximately 1 million green cards yearly in the last several years. Although the allocation differs slightly from one year to the next, about half are awarded to immigrants already living in the U.S. who are seeking an adjustment of status, such as from student or temporary worker. The rest go to green card applicants from outside the U.S. In both cases, however, most of the permanent visas will require sponsorship by an employer or certain relatives.
Generally speaking, around two-thirds of immigrants seeking permanent immigration to the U.S. do so on the grounds of family ties, while the rest are divided between immigration through employment opportunities, humanitarian reasons, such as asylum or refugees, and those who have been given diversity visas through the green card lottery program.
Besides permanent admissions, the U.S. likewise grants temporary residence to hundreds of thousands of exchange visitors, foreign students, and workers yearly through various visa categories. While these don’t directly lead to green cards, holders of temporary visas might apply for permanent residency if they could find an employer or eligible relative to sponsor them.
Temporary workers might also be able to bring their minor children and spouses to the U.S., but the spouses won’t be eligible to work. They might likewise have to stay with their employer-sponsor to continue working and staying in the U.S. unless they could secure another sponsorship with another employer.
At Joseph & Hall P.C., our skilled Aurora immigration lawyers will be with you throughout the entire immigration process to make certain that you get all your paperwork and requirements right and meet strict filing deadlines, among others.
We take the life stories of our clients very seriously, which drives us to do all that we can, under the law, to meet your immigration-related needs. Reach out to us online to arrange your consultation with one of our immigration lawyers in Aurora.
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