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Green Cards

Green Cards Legal in Metairie, Louisiana

Obtaining a green card in the United States is a dream for so many foreign nationals, but achieving that dream is not always easy. An immigration and green card lawyer can handle all types of applications for permanent residency in the United States, including family, employment, and more. When working with a Metairie immigration lawyer, they will not only fill out and file the necessary forms, but they will fully review your particular circumstances and present your qualifications to the adjudicator, which can help expedite the process.

Who is Eligible for Lawful Permanent Residency?

Green cards provide a person lawful permanent residency, allowing them to study, work, and live in the United States on a permanent basis. Individuals that are considered eligible for a green card include:

  • Certain family members of United States citizens or lawful permanent residents
  • Employees engaged in certain occupations and that work for an employer that has advertised in an attempt to find U.S. citizens before hiring foreign nationals
  • Investors that create at least ten jobs in the United States and invest a minimum of $500,000 in the country

Even when a person meets these eligibility requirements, they must still file the correct petition and undergo a vetting process to ensure they are admissible to the United States.

Why are Green Cards Denied?

Unfortunately, not everyone that applies for a green card is approved. The biggest reasons for denial include:

  • Previous unlawful status in the United States
  • A previous deportation from the United States
  • A criminal history

A Metairie immigration lawyer can help individuals with their application to give them the best chance of a positive outcome.

Renewing a Green Card

All green cards have an expiration date, which is usually ten years from the date the card was issued. While this does not necessarily mean that a person’s status as a lawful permanent resident expires, it does mean the card they carry to prove they are in the country legally does. When U.S. officials stop a person they suspect is in the country illegally, they will ask to see their green card and the card must be valid and unexpired.

Renewing a green card is sometimes a simple process, but people do sometimes run into issues. For example, a past criminal history can make it more difficult to renew a green card. There are also certain issues a person must consider when they intend to apply for naturalization, or citizenship.

A Metairie green card lawyer will have the necessary legal training to help foreign nationals prepare their green card application and renewal correctly so they do not run into obstacles along the way.

Our Immigration Lawyers in Metairie Can Advise on Your Case

If you need to apply for a green card, or require legal assistance when renewing yours, our Metairie immigration lawyers at Nicaud & Sunseri Law Firm are here to help. Call us today or contact us online so we can review your case and give you the best chance of obtaining your green card.

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