Springfield, Missouri Permanent Residency Attorney

Permanent residency in the United States is an attractive option for many people who want to live and work in the United States but do not want to give up citizenship in their home countries. Other green card applicants hope to become U.S. citizens after living in this country for several years or more.

With a permanent residency card, you will be entitled to a Social Security number that gives you permission to work legally. You can start a business, own land and establish your family in this country, but you will not be allowed to vote. Permanent residency status must be renewed every 10 years in most cases.

There are a limited number of available family-based or employment-based visas available in the United States each year. The sooner you begin the process of applying for permanent residency, the better. A green card applicant usually needs a U.S. sponsor, who may be a family member, fiancé, fiancée, or an employer. Some citizens of other countries who obtain legal permanent resident (LPR) status do so on the basis of asylum or through some other avenue, such as:

  • Through membership in the U.S. armed forces
  • Through a special identity status; for example, as an Amerasian child of a U.S. citizen, an American Indian born in Canada, a Cuban native or citizen, or a victim of trafficking, to name a few
  • Through the Diversity Immigration Visa Program (50,000 diversity visas available annually, drawn from random selection for people from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.)

Contact A Greene County Permanent Resident Status Lawyer

I am Mary Lou Martin, Springfield, Missouri, permanent residency lawyer. My legal services are available for people from other countries seeking assistance with green card applications. Many applicants for permanent residency try to interact with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) on their own, and soon realize that they need help from an attorney. I am ready to be your immigration lawyer. I can:

  • Listen carefully to understand your concerns and objectives
  • Thoroughly explain processes and procedures
  • Help ensure that you meet requirements to the best of your ability
  • Help you put together your green card application with the greatest chances of succeeding
  • Help you deal promptly and appropriately with any requests from the U.S.C.I.S. for additional documentation
  • Make sure you know how to prepare to qualify for U.S. citizenship if that is your ultimate objective

To schedule a consultation regarding immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, permanent residency or U.S. citizenship requirements, contact my Missouri immigration law offices by phone or email.