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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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Tuhin Dey
Tuhin Dey Jun 28, 2021
5.0

Satisfied! I hired William's firm for adjusting my case from J1 student to permanent resident and I must say I made a right choice. My case had few complications for example- J1 waiver. So before hiring William, I visited his office for paid consultancy, asked tons of questions regarding J1 waiver.... Read More

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Xinyu Heng Jun 25, 2021
5.0

Both Mr. Jang, and Mrs. Natalia Almanza are very professional and have great attention to details. They explained the whole process to us in advance and answered our questions clearly and patiently. They keep us informed with every development. Our cases were handled smoothly. The second time... Read More

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Abhishek Bhargava Jun 24, 2021
5.0

A FANTASTIC Lawyer !! Our experience while filing the response to the RFE was great. Mr. Jang was extremely responsive, got our entire paper work put together in less than a week. He coordinated with everybody involved to get the information that he needed to put together the paper work. His... Read More

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B D Jun 19, 2021
5.0

I have been consulting Mr. Jiang regarding immigration issues several times over emails/phone and once in person. He always reply quickly and has been very helpful. I'd recommend him for his excellent work and customer service.

Citlalli Salazar
Citlalli Salazar Jun 06, 2021
5.0

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Brenda Hernández May 11, 2021
5.0

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TW Ha
TW Ha Apr 30, 2021
5.0

I went through the permanent resident process with this office. They are fully responsive and very quick. Mr. William Jang is an experienced lawyer so he would suggest solutions for most cases. There were some minor issues with the process but the office handled those issues very smoothly. The fee... Read More

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