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:
- 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 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 today.