Kuck Baxter Immigration are lawyers in Athens, Georgia who work with immigration clients seeking work visas, green cards, or citizenship. Whether you want to work, study, or immigrate in the U.S., the immigration lawyers at Kuck Baxter Immigration in Athens, Georgia can help you navigate the legal requirements, applications, interviews, and processes that are required to immigrate to the U.S.
Getting a U.S. visa, green card, or citizenship can be a complex process. An immigration attorney can stand by your side every step of the way, helping you navigate the system. When your dreams, your future, and your ability to work and stay in the U.S. are on the line, you need an immigration lawyer in Athens, Georgia like Kuck Baxter Immigration on your side. Contact our immigration law firm today to learn more.
Applying for a Green Card
There are many avenues by which a person can immigrate to the U.S. on a green card. Individuals can immigrate on a green card through their families, through work, through the refugee or asylum program, or through the entrepreneur visa program. In order to receive a green card, applicants must be eligible to apply, must not be barred from entering the U.S., and must meet all requirements for each program. What are the different types of green cards? Here are some of the ways individuals can immigrate to the U.S. on a green card:
- Green Card for Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens: If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, the unmarried child of a U.S. citizen (under 21 years of age), or the parent of a U.S. citizen (and the U.S. citizen is 21 years or older), you may be entitled to apply for a green card for immediate relatives of U.S. Citizens. There are several ways that immigrants can receive this green card. They can be living in the U.S. legally or they can be living abroad. The way that you will apply for the green card depends on whether you are living abroad or living in the U.S. when you apply. There are certain restrictions and conditions on who can receive this kind of green card, so before you apply for a relative, it is wise to speak to an immigration lawyer in Athens, Georgia like Kuck Baxter Immigration who can review your background to determine whether there are any restrictions or any issues that should be addressed before you apply.
- Employers can petition their workers for green cards. Workers must have an offer of employment and must meet other criteria. For example, workers with extraordinary talent in the arts, workers who are professors, or executives and managers may be entitled to receive a green card under this program. Other individuals who may qualify for a green card include individuals who are making investments in the U.S. or who plan to create jobs for American workers. According to the S. Citizen and Immigration Services, these visas are limited to 140,000 each year.
- Refugees and asylum seekers. If you have been persecuted or have a fear that you may be persecuted due to your race, nationality, or due to your membership of a group or because of your political views, you may be able to apply for refugee or asylum status. If you fear that you will face serious harm if you were to return home, you may qualify for refugee or asylum status.
If you are looking to immigrate to the U.S. or if you live in the U.S. and believe you may be qualified to receive a green card, consider speaking to Kuck Baxter Immigration in Athens, Georgia. Our immigration law firm can review you circumstances, help you understand what categories of immigration for which you may qualify, and take you through the application process. Green card applications often come with strict restrictions and limitations. For example, individuals with certain types of criminal convictions or those who overstayed other U.S. visas may not qualify. So, if you plan to immigrate on a green card, it is wise to be informed.
Immigration and U.S. Citizenship
U.S. citizenship is granted to individuals who are born in the U.S. or who have parents who are citizens who may live abroad. If you were born in another country, you can receive citizenship through naturalization. Individuals who wish to be naturalized as U.S. citizens must meet certain requirements, pass tests, and fill out proper forms. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you may be able to qualify for citizenship if you have been a permanent resident for 5 years, if you have been a permanent resident for three years and are able to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, if you served in the armed forces, or if your child meets certain eligibility requirements and was born outside the U.S.
Citizenship comes with benefits and responsibilities. Individuals must pass a naturalization test and answer questions about their background during an interview. Individuals must pass a civics test and English test. If you are unsure about the material on either of these tests, there are resources available to individuals who wish to study to pass these tests. Your immigration lawyer can also connect you with resources and materials that can be helpful. Once your application has been processed, you will be scheduled for your naturalization ceremony. During the ceremony, you will take the oath of allegiance and then receive your certificate of naturalization.
Citizenship confers upon immigrants all the rights of U.S. citizens. Citizenship gives individuals the right to vote, the right to apply for a U.S. passport, and all the protections of U.S. citizenship. If you believe you may qualify, reach out to Kuck Baxter Immigration in Athens, Georgia. Our immigration attorneys can work with you to help you fill out the paperwork, prepare for testing, and understand the requirements you will have to meet to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Want to Immigrate to the U.S.
Every year, thousands of people come to the U.S. seeking better lives, better jobs, and the freedoms that living and working in the U.S. provides. Some come to be with family, others come for work, and others come to invest. Yet others come to the U.S. to escape persecution and danger in their home countries. Whatever your reasons for immigrating, the immigration law firm at Kuck Baxter Immigration in Athens, Georgia is here for you, helping immigrants achieve their dreams of living or working in the U.S.