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Permanent Residency in the United States

In order for individuals who are not already citizens of the United States to be granted legal permission to live and work in the U.S., they must first be granted permanent residency. Once permanent residency has been acquired, a green card (otherwise known as a permanent residence card) will be provided to the applicant as legal proof of that individual’s permanent-residency status.

It should be noted, however, that Congress has set specific limitations upon the number of green cards granted to applicants every year, making it all the more important that an individual meets all the eligibility requirements and that their application is as complete as possible.

Process of Acquiring Legal Permanent Residency

Typically, individuals have the best chance of gaining permanent residency status when they are sponsored by either a resident of the United States or an organization based within the U.S., including:

  • Employers
  • Family members
  • Religious institutions
  • Humanitarian organizations

However, there are a number of exceptions to this stipulation, as certain individuals may successfully apply for a green card should they be included within a particular category, such as:

  • Refugees from certain countries
  • Victims of criminal activity or trafficking
  • Children born in the U.S.
  • Foreign diplomats

A number of adjustment programs exist to help people in these and a number of other circumstances gain permanent residency in the United States.

Contact an Immigration Attorney in Austin To Learn More

At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration attorneys can help you anticipate any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent you from acquiring your green card in a timely manner. Our legal team can also help ensure that your application is both complete and filed by its applicable deadline. To discuss the particulars of your circumstances with one of our Austin immigration lawyers, please call our Austin offices at (512) 323-2333 today.

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Ronak Patel
Ronak Patel Mar 06, 2021
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Xinyu Waelchli Mar 01, 2021
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Daniela C Feb 22, 2021
5.0

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Olivio DeSilva Feb 03, 2021
5.0

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Duane Durand
Duane Durand Oct 08, 2020
5.0

These guys made a long tough process much easier. Attention to detail and keeping us informed kept my wife in good spirits for all of the process of getting her green card in these turbulent times.

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georgette Dahboul Jun 08, 2020
5.0

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Vivien E Jun 04, 2020
5.0

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Abhijit Nag
Abhijit Nag May 28, 2020
5.0

I contacted with Law office of William Jang from a reference of my colleague. We seek his assistance on filling our I-485 application on employment-based category. We received our green card within 7 months after filing. I will say that William and his team is very meticulous on preparing the... Read More

Akila Jayawardhana
Akila Jayawardhana May 22, 2020
5.0

Mr.Jang is a great lawyer and good person. I consulted him for my green card renewal and all the way to citizenship. He is very responsive, responsible and deeply care for his clients. He gives the best opinion and advice as it is. He is transparent with fees which was very reasonable. I highly... Read More

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Zeyu Yan Apr 14, 2020
5.0

Mr. Jang and his team are very nice and professional. Great communication and service. I highly recommend his office to whoever has immigrations issues. Five star!

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