Family Immigration Law
Family Immigration Law

Experience in Tough Immigration Matters

Immigrants have always been an essential part of American society. However, the United States immigration process can be intimidating, overwhelming and tedious. There are numerous forms, requirements, and steps which an individual must be able to follow. Mistakes or missing information can lead to a denial. The attorneys at Hazlewood Lawrence have the expert knowledge and experience to guide you through that process as smoothly as possible. Hazlewood Lawrence is proud to help all immigrants assimilate in the United States.

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A “green card” issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), provides proof of lawful permanent resident status, with authorization to live and work anywhere in the United States.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), is the government agency that oversees legal immigration to the United States. USCIS is mainly responsible for approving green cards, naturalization, work permits, and travel permits.

This is also known as a “green card holder” and is a foreign national who is authorized to live and work within the United States, sponsor relatives for their own green cards, and apply for U.S. citizenship.

A conditional green card is valid for only 2 years, and the designation “CR1” on the physical card stands for “conditional resident.” A conditional green card holder must file Form I 751 to “remove the conditions” and obtain a permanent green card. In most cases, a conditional green card is issued to a spouse who has been married for less than 2 years at the time their green card was first approved.

The Visa Bulletin, issued every month by the U.S. Department of State, shows which green card applications can move forward, based on when the I-130 petition that starts the green card process was originally filed. The visa bulletin exists because Congress caps the number of green cards that can be issued each year in certain categories, which has created several backlogs.

The K-1 fiancé visa is available to fiancés of U.S. citizens who are living outside of the United States and intend to get married within 90 days of arriving in the United States.

During a biometric screening, a government representative records an individual’s fingerprints and takes their photos and signature, in order to check government records for any serious criminal history or relevant prior immigration violations. The biometrics appointment is typically short and simple.

Most U.S. citizens and U.S. green card holders are entitled by law to sponsor their spouses for a green card, also known as “permanent residence status”. The total cost, wait time, and other details of the marriage green card process vary based on several factors.

A K-1, or “fiancé visa”, is a temporary visa available only to fiancés of U.S. citizens who are living outside of the United States and intend to get married within 90 days of arriving in the United States. A marriage green card is available to spouses of both U.S. citizens and U.S. green card holders, whether living in the United States or abroad, and ultimately provides permanent residence.

A naturalized citizen of the United States is a foreign-born person who has met all of the requirements of becoming a citizen. The process for immigrants to become United States citizens is referred to as naturalization.

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