Family-Based Green Cards
If you are an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, you may be able to get a green card or permanent residency status without having to wait very long. Other relatives can also receive a green card if a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident petitions on their behalf, but more distant family members may have to undergo a substantial waiting period. A U.S. citizen can file a petition for:
- Son or daughter
- Brother or sister
A lawful permanent resident (a green card holder) can file a petition for:
- Unmarried son or daughter
Other family members who may qualify include surviving or abused spouses of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. (abused spouses may qualify even if they have gotten a divorce). The family-based green card process can sometimes get complicated if a family member entered the country illegally or if the family member has certain items on his or her record that could complicate the green card process. Even when everything is in order, it is important to submit information properly so the green card process won’t be delayed. J. Joseph Cohen is a green card lawyer in San Antonio, Texas who can assist you with family-based green card applications.
Work-Based Green Cards
Workers in several categories may qualify for employment-based green cards. These include persons with extraordinary ability, advanced degrees including professors and researchers, professionals, multinational managers, skilled and unskilled workers, entrepreneurs and investors, and other special categories. If you hold an H1-B visa, you may also be able to apply for a work-based green card. Often the employer will file the petition.
The work-based green card process can be complicated. Having a lawyer on your side to help you navigate the process can help you get the paperwork right the first time to prevent delays or errors. J. Joseph Cohen is a green card lawyer committed to helping employers and employees navigate the immigration system.