Atlanta family green card attorneys assist with U.S. Citizenship applications and complications.
Application for permanent residency (green card) to the United States can be complex and Atlanta family green card lawyers assist with the completion of paperwork, while adhering to applicable laws and requirements. Sometimes families will run into complications because some individuals may be inadmissible for U. S. Citizenship applications, but individual cases involving family members may be resolved with the assistance of family green card attorneys in Atlanta Georgia. Applicants must be made aware of the importance of the Form I-693 regarding medical examination and vaccine records that must be completed within 60 days of an immigration benefits application. A delay in Form I-693 could cause problems with an application and endanger a family member’s immigration status. The Form I-693 is the official report of medical examinations to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is required to establish that the applicants who are seeking immigration benefits are not inadmissible to the United States on public health grounds.
Family of U.S. Citizen.
In order for an individual to apply for a Green Card based on a family relationship, the applicant must be eligible under U.S. Immigration Law. Individuals who can apply as Family of U.S. Citizen include an immediate relative; other relative; fiancé, or fiancé’s child; widow(er), or abused spouse, child, or parent. The preference immigrant status categories for family members eligible to apply for a Green Card include:
- First preference (F1) – unmarried sons and daughters who are 21 years of age and older, of U.S. citizens,
- Second preference (F2A) – spouses and children who are unmarried and under 21 years of age of lawful permanent residents,
- Second preference (F2B) – unmarried sons and daughters who are 21 years of age and older of lawful permanent residents,
- Third preference (F3) – married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, and
- Fourth preference (F4) – brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens, if the U.S. citizen is 21 years of age and older.
There are specific requirements under each category regarding timelines and the collection of pertinent support documents necessary to obtain a green card for U.S. Citizenship. Because of the complexities surrounding the paperwork, and negative consequences of late, or improperly completed documents, it is very important to hire a Georgia green card lawyer.
In accordance with 8 USCS §1572, an immigration benefit package is “any application or petition to confer, certify, change, adjust, or extend any status granted under the Immigration and Nationality Act.” These benefits include granting of U.S. citizenship to those who are eligible to naturalize, authorizing individuals to reside in the U.S. on a permanent basis, and providing aliens with the eligibility to work in the United States.
Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen if someone is born outside of the United States. If individuals meet certain requirements, they may become U.S. citizens, either at birth, or after birth. Individuals applying for naturalization to become U.S. citizens must be at least 18 years old at the time of application; be a lawful permanent resident for the past three, or five years (depending on the naturalization category); have continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; be able to read, write, and speak basic English; demonstrate good moral character; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government; demonstrate a loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and willingness to take the Oath of Allegiance. Atlanta Georgia marriage green card lawyers are instrumental in the naturalization process and understand special provisions for individuals who are getting married and seeking citizenship through the spousal connection.
U.S. Citizenship through marriage.
Atlanta GA marriage green card attorneys assist U.S. citizens who are petitioning for an alien fiancé(e) to obtain a K-1 nonimmigrant visa to travel to the United States and seek admission. Within 90 days after being admitted as a K-1 nonimmigrant, the alien must enter into a bona fide marriage with the U.S. citizen who filed the Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), on his or her behalf. After being admitted to the United States as a K-1 nonimmigrant and marrying the U.S. citizen petitioner within 90 days, the alien spouse can then apply for lawful permanent resident status in the United States and secure a green card. People who are seeking citizenship through their marriage must marry within 90 days, and the marriage cannot be for the sole purpose of obtaining an immigration benefit.
United States Citizens who have already married, or plan to marry in another country, or those whose fiancé is already legally residing in the United States is not eligible for a Fiancé Visa. The process can be completed by filing:
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status, at the same time, or
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. After a visa number becomes available, apply to adjust status to permanent residency using Form I-485.
Asylum for family.
Every year family members of U.S. citizens come to the United States seeking asylum, which is protection granted to someone who has left their native country because they have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
If an individual is eligible for asylum, they may be permitted to remain in the United States. An Atlanta Georgia family green card attorney will prepare applications for asylum using Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, within one year of an asylee’s arrival to the United States. There is no fee to apply for asylum. Individuals may include spouses and children who are in the United States at the time of filing, or at any time until a final decision is made. An Atlanta Georgia immigration attorney can answer questions regarding asylum for individuals and/or family members. There have been many changes to the United States Immigration Policy in the last few years, and speaking with family green card attorneys in Atlanta to navigate through those changes is an important consideration, because errors in document preparation may endanger approval status.
Seek legal counsel.
Immigrants with U.S. Citizenship status questions who reside in Atlanta and need assistance for green card applications for family members, or those who run into complications surrounding status problems should call the The Kuck Baxter Immigration Law Firm for assistance. They can offer the services of skilled Atlanta Georgia family green card attorneys who are familiar with applicable filing timelines, pertinent document collection and current immigration laws.
Atlanta Family Green Card Attorneys
Kuck | Baxter Immigration LLC
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350