Most people who become green card holders or permanent residents do so by first being petitioned by family members. The United States strives to allow family unity and permits U.S. citizens and permanent residents to petition for particular family members to travel to and live indefinitely in the United States.
It may be possible for you to obtain a green card through a relative who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or under one of the situations listed below. If you are a U.S. citizen who wants to petition for a family member, or an alien who would like a U.S. citizen to petition for you, call now to speak with a New Jersey Green Card lawyer.
There are basically two pathways that can lead to you getting a green card. Some family members who are present in the country may qualify for adjustment of status to permanent residence in the United States. This allows those individuals to complete their immigrant processing to permanent resident without the hassle and expenses involved in returning to their native country.
Family members who are outside of the United States or those for whom adjustment of status is not possible might be able to take advantage of what is known as “consular processing” at U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
Immediate Relative of a U.S. Citizen do not have to wait for a visa number to become available. An immediate relative of a U.S. citizen is:
- A child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen.
- A spouse (husband or wife) of a U.S. citizen.
- A parent of a U.S. citizen (if the U.S. citizen is 21 years or older).