Understanding The Path To A Green Card Or Citizenship

The road to legal residence or citizenship in the United States is rarely an easy one. Varying categories of application and a host of regulations set forth by the U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services (USCIS) can make the process confusing and fraught with tension.

Palacios Law Group was founded by Xavier Palacios, who earned a reputation for pioneering innovative trial strategies in federal immigration cases. Our lawyers understand the challenges that can characterize the immigration process, and they are ready to provide assertive, intelligent counsel and representation to help you as you seek to become an American citizen.

The Path To Obtaining A Visa Or Green Card

The process of obtaining a visa, or a permanent residency "green card," will vary considerably based on your individual circumstances. A basic overview of the steps involved includes these milestones:

  1. A petition for immigration must be filed on your behalf. Sometimes, it is possible for you to file your own petition.
  2. If the USCIS approves your petition, you may file either a green card application with the USCIS or a visa application with the U.S. Department of State.
  3. At a biometrics appointment, you supply a photo, your fingerprints and your signature.
  4. After you participate in an interview related to the petition, you will receive an official decision on your application.

Our firm can assist you with everything from preparation of your initial visa application to pursuing litigation if your application is denied. We have represented thousands of immigrants successfully and will help you avoid common pitfalls and missteps.

The Path From Green Card To Citizenship

If you have had your green card for five years, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. After it is determined that you meet basic eligibility requirements — including the ability to read, write and speak English at a basic level — you can participate in a 10-step naturalization process, which includes:

  • Submitting Form N-400
  • Taking the U.S. Naturalization Test
  • Having a personal interview with immigration officials

Call Us For Aggressive Immigration Law Representation

Our firm's attorneys understand how urgent your immigration and citizenship matters can be. We work from our offices in Mineola serving clients in Suffolk County and Nassau County, as well as throughout New York. To receive a free consultation, call us at 516-873-8783 or send us a message through our online contact form. Se habla español.