Legal immigration is a hot topic right now, both here in Washington State and the entire United States of America as a whole. In order to be “legal,” a person must have a green card. A green card is an identification card, similar to a driver’s license or student ID card, that serves as evidence that its holder has been granted lawful and permanent residency in our country by immigration authorities.
Even though green card holders are not fully citizens yet, they are entitled to many of the rights that citizens enjoy. They can legally work, receive government-sponsored benefits, and are afforded constitutional rights. Immigrants who want to remain in the United States permanently, and legally, must obtain a green card. Unfortunately, doing so can be a difficult and time consuming process. This is why it is best if an immediate family member is already a US citizen and can begin the process using this route. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, “immediate relatives” are defined as the “children, spouses, and parents of a citizen of the United States.”
Immediate relatives fit within a special category of family based immigration. Specifically, they are not subject to the overall family-based immigration cap, which is statutorily set at 480,000 visas annually. Because visas are always available for immediate relatives, there is usually much less of a delay in processing their status to lawful permanent residency. However, even eligible immigrants may end up having to wait years before a green card becomes available. That is why it is so important to begin the process, with the help of the Washington state immigration attorneys at Beacon Immigration, as soon as you can.
We can help you obtain a green card for yourself or your parent, child, or spouse. Remember, immediate relatives can apply for green cards while in the United States or while they remain in a foreign country. Call us at 1 (800) 406-1579 to begin.
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