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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.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Robert Scalise
Robert Scalise Jun 03, 2019
5.0

When my wife was denied her visa I didn't have time to commit to several consultations. I researched local immigration lawyers and placed my bet on Mr. Jang and his staff. I could not have made a better decision. Every step of the way Mr. Jang went out of his way to ensure that he was delivering... Read More

J A
J A May 22, 2019
5.0

Great handle my case promptly.

Nishita Muhnot
Nishita Muhnot Apr 28, 2019
5.0

Mr. Jang was very knowledgeable, meticulous and good with his work. I applied to have conditions removed on my green card and it was a tricky case. My case was approved. He always swiftly and patiently answered all my queries. Above all, I found him to be genuinely helpful and a good human being.

JUNSIK Choi
JUNSIK Choi Apr 04, 2019
5.0

Mr Jang is a great attorney. He worked on my N400 applications and went through all documents very carefully and finally got approved. I really appreciate his efforts for that.

Chunlin Wang
Chunlin Wang Mar 02, 2019
5.0

We are totally impressed with Mr. Jang, Ms. Natalia, and the rest of staff. They are honest, knowledgable, and very thorough. We had dealt with the immigration process (years ago) and had experience with immigration attorneys. Mr. Jang clearly stands out. He explains everything in details and set... Read More

Nazini Khader
Nazini Khader Feb 21, 2019
5.0

It was great working with Mr.Jang. The whole process was smooth and he paid attention to every minute detail. I would recommend Mr Jang.

Maurice Alexander Clepkens
Maurice Alexander Clepkens Feb 18, 2019
5.0

Mr. Jang and his staff were wonderful! I was fairly nervous about the process I was embarking on (adjustment of status), but Mr Jang was very thorough and paid a lot of attention to detail, as well as explaining everything clearly. I can't thank them enough for guiding me to success. And another... Read More

Yanitza Gutierrez
Yanitza Gutierrez Jan 30, 2019
5.0

From the start i got told the case was going to be a difficult one and indeed it was. Started in 2012 with DACA and was able to continue renewing DACA, my last renewal was 2019 Jan even though i was fighting to get my Green card not my DACA i still needed something to hack me up incase i got... Read More

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