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What is the general process for obtaining a Green Card?

Immigration Services

There may be many reasons why a person would want to immigrate to the United States. Perhaps their home country is in a state of war, or in some other way is no longer safe to live in. Or they may be seeking job opportunities not available in their home country. Also, they may simply want to live with the rights and freedoms Americans enjoy. In the end, though, immigrants in Kentucky seeking U.S. Permanent Residency will need to obtain a Green Card.

There is a general process that will be followed when a person is applying for a Green Card. Keep in mind that each person's situation is unique, so immigrants who want to learn exactly what they need to do to apply for a Green Card may want to discuss their situation with an immigration law attorney.

First, a person known as a sponsor, who is usually a relative or employer in the United States, will file a petition for the person seeking to immigrate to the United States. However, in certain circumstances the immigrant themselves can file this petition.

After that, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will need to approve the petition. If the petition is approved and, based on what category the immigrant falls into, a visa is available, then the immigrant can file a Green Card application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or in certain circumstances, an application for a visa with the U.S. Department of State.

Following that, an immigrant will need to attend a biometrics meeting to submit certain pieces of information. In general, at this point the immigrant will submit their fingerprints, a photograph of themselves and they will submit their signature. After that, the immigrant will be interviewed. Finally, the immigrant will learn whether their application for a Green Card is approved.

Again, keep in mind that this is only a general overview of what steps will be taken when an immigrant is seeking a Green Card. In the end, immigrants who want to apply for a Green Card may want to do so with the assistance of an attorney, so they can better navigate the process.

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