Lawful Permanent Residence

Whether or not United States citizenship is your ultimate goal, lawful permanent residence and obtaining a green card may be an important step along the way. If you want to become a lawful permanent resident or if you need assistance in maintaining your status as a permanent resident, a Seattle green card attorney at S&O can help. We can both outline and evaluate the many ways in which it is possible to obtain and protect your permanent resident status, which include family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, deportation defense and humanitarian benefits.

Immigration Through Family

The most common way that immigrants obtain a green card is through family members who are able to petition for their relatives. In general, family members can file visa petitions for their spouse, parents, children, and siblings. Once the petition is approved, S&O can guide you through the next step, which is either adjustment of status or consular processing.

Immigration Through Employer

In some instances, it can be possible to obtain a green card through your employer. If you are a highly skilled worker, such as a nurse or doctor, and are currently employed in the United States, your employer may be able to petition for your lawful permanent residence. It may be possible for you to obtain a green card even if you are not currently employed, as long as you have an existing job offer.

Deportation Defense

If you are being threatened with deportation, a successful deportation defense may not only allow you to stay in the United States, but will most likely lead to a green card. Two of the most common defenses against deportation are Cancellation of Removal and asylum. An attorney at S&O can help you to determine if you qualify for either of these defenses. If you win Cancellation, you will obtain a green card at the same time. If you win asylum, you will be able to apply for a green card at a later date.

Humanitarian Benefits

The United States also offers a number of humanitarian-inspired paths to permanent residency. These paths include asylum, VAWA, and the U Visa, all of which are designed to protect and provide refuge for those who were or would be victimized in their home country. Individuals who qualify for these programs often also qualify for permanent residency after their humanitarian petition for immigration benefits has been approved.

Call for a Consultation Today

If you are in the United States and want to stay here permanently, an attorney at S&O can help you to determine which path to lawful permanent residency will be the most appropriate and efficient for you. Call us today for a consultation about your individual situation.