Paths to a Green Card

When I was a child I didn’t pay too much attention when friends of mine would mention that they got their green card, but I’ve learned a lot about our geopolitical environment as I’ve grown up. I’ve come to realize that the process to get a green card is super lengthy. It requires a lot of paperwork and patience. This process is especially difficult for people that may not be native English speakers, and doubly so when you’re unfamiliar with the legal processes of the United States. To someone who is already trying to find footing in a new country, applying for a green card is another added stress to deal with. I began to wonder if there were people that helped newly immigrated people obtain their green card and I stumbled upon the website for the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC. They are Austin family-based immigration attorneys who work so that people can obtain their green cards as efficiently as possible. They make sure that no mistakes are made on any applications or court filings. Our Department of Homeland Security has a very strict process for getting a green card, and honest mistakes cost people the ability to ever get one. They’re trying to prevent any fraudulent information or identification from making its way into the system.

There are a number of different reasons that can qualify you for a green card. To get one, you must only match one of these qualifications to start the process and one day obtain your green card.

You may obtain a card by familial relation. If you are the parent of a citizen older than 21, married to a citizen or your parents are U.S. citizens, you may apply. Family relation extends a bit beyond direct relations. You may apply if one of your daughter or son in laws is a citizen. You may also apply if you have a brother or sister that is over 21 and is a citizen.

The second most common way that people seek a path to citizenship is through their employment status. Within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there are three levels of employment preference. The first preference level is ranked the highest and will grant you the easiest access to a green card. The government defines first preference workers as: with keen ability in sciences, arts, education, business or are established in the field of university teaching, research, or are a high-ranking multinational manager that meets other criteria. They are only a select number of applicants but don’t worry if this doesn’t sound like you. Only a small portion of migrants meet these criteria, and you still have a great shot at getting a green card even if you do not fall into the first preference bracket. The second bracket is for people that: are involved in a profession that requires a degree above that of a bachelor’s. They have exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business, or are applying for a national interest waiver. The third bracket is for those that: are in a profession that requires a United States bachelor’s degree. Overseas degrees may qualify as equivalent. This must be a skilled worker, which means their job must require two years of training or experience.

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