Immigrant visas allow you to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. This means you obtain lawful permanent resident status, commonly called getting your “green card.” A permanent resident becomes eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship once certain requirements are met.
U.S. citizens may petition for their spouses, children, parents, and siblings to immigrate to the United States and become permanent residents. Permanent residents may petition for their spouses, children, and unmarried sons and daughters to become permanent residents.
Non-immigrant visas allow you to visit, work or study in the United States temporarily for a specific period of time. You may be able to change from one non-immigrant status to another non-immigrant status. Some non-immigrant visas allow you to later become a permanent resident of the United States. The most common non-immigrant visas are described below.
A lawful permanent resident can become a naturalized citizen of the United States if immediately prior to filing his or her application for naturalization he or she meets certain criteria.
Laura M. Menchero is a seasoned litigator with extensive trial, appeals and motions practice experience. She has successfully argued many complex appeals and motions that have allowed her clients to become permanent residents and stay in the United States.