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Obtaining Legal Permanent Residency - Call (951) 433-7124

Legal permanent residency, also known as a green card, allows a non-citizen to lawfully reside and work in the United States. At The Khan Law Firm, our green card lawyer in Murrieta guides clients through the green card application process. There are two basic methods for obtaining a green card, other than marriage: employee sponsorship and family sponsorship.

Are you seeking legal permanent residency? Call (951) 433-7124 for more information and to schedule a consultation with our immigration lawyers in Murrieta, CA.

Employment-Based Green Card

A company can sponsor an individual for legal permanent residency for employment purposes. This can be done in several ways. In most situations, the foreign citizen has a job offer. In other situations, the foreign citizen may apply for legal permanent residency by self-petition, if the person qualifies by having “extraordinary ability”.

Legal permanent residency by investment is granted to foreign entrepreneurs investing in job creation enterprises and individuals with specialized jobs can apply through the special category jobs designation.

Family-Based Green Card

Often, people come to the United States sponsored by a relative who is a U.S. citizen or green card holder. There are a few different types of family sponsorship available, depending on the relationship of the applicant to the sponsor.

The types of family sponsorship include:

  • Immediate relatives of a U.S. citizen: Spouses, parents, or unmarried children of U.S. citizens who are under the age of 21
  • Preference category for family members: Unmarried children over age 21, married children, or siblings of the U.S. citizen sponsor
  • Immediate relatives of green card holders: Spouses and unmarried children of legal permanent residents who are under 21 years of age

The best way to obtain a green card varies, depending on the individual’s unique situation and availability of an eligible sponsor. Our green card attorney in Murrieta can evaluate your situation, explain your options, and guide you through the process of becoming a legal permanent resident of the United States.

Green Card Renewal

The first steps to take before applying for a renewal of your green card is to clearly understand what type of green card you have and why you need to apply for green card renewal. Is your green card about to expire? Did you lose your green card? Did you receive a conditional green card? Has your name changed since your last green card was issued? The reason you are applying for the renewal will determine your filing fees and the documents you are required to submit in support of your case.

Renewing Your 10-Year Green Card

If you are a permanent resident that received a card valid for 10 years, but your card will expire the next six months, or already did expire, you should renew your green card. You can begin the renewal process of your green card by:

  • Filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card online, or
  • By mail, file Form I-90.

Important note: If you have a 2-Year Green Card, do NOT file Form I-90.

Removing Conditions on Your 2-Year Green Card

A 2-Year card cannot be renewed. Conditional permanent residents must file a petition to remove conditions during the 90 days before the card expires. The conditions must be removed or you will lose your permanent resident status.

In order to maintain your permanent residents status you must:

  • File Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, if you are a family-based conditional permanent resident (during the 90 days before the card expires).
  • File Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions, as an investor/entrepreneur-based conditional permanent resident (during the 90 days before the card expires).

Replacing Your Green Card

File Form I-90 to replace your green card if:

  • Your 10-year green card has expired or is going to expire over the next six months.
  • You were issued a green card that does not have an expiration date on it, and you would like to replace it.
  • Your green card got damaged, stolen or you lost your card.
  • Before you turned 14 years old you were issued a card valid for 10 years, and the card will not expire before you turn 16 years old.
  • If your name, date of birth, issued date or other important information is incorrect on the green card you were issued, due to USCIS administrative error.

If you do not leave the country for a trip abroad that lasts for longer than 1 year, your green card is valid for readmission into the United States. If you are planning a trip that will last longer than 1 year, you will need a re-entry permit.

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