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Green Cards

Immigration Attorney in Orange County, California

In the United States of America, a card granting the holder lawful permanent residence is often referred to as a "green card" (technically known as the I-551) because it gives that individual the "green light" to stay in the country and to pursue naturalization and citizenship if they desire, as well as because the first versions of these cards were mostly green in color. At the Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. we want to be a part of this momentous step on your journey to fulfilling your American dream. Your immigration story is important to us.

Green cards are issued after an adjustment of status if inside the United States or through a US Embassy if you reside outside of the United States. The most common way individuals receive green cards or permanent residency is through marriage, or other family members, followed by an employment based petition, the granting of asylum, or an EB-5 investor "visa". Marriage based green cards are generally no different than employment based green cards, although marriage based green card are conditional for two years; at two years, the beneficiary of the conditional green card must file to lift the conditions of their green card.

Our Orange County immigration lawyer looks at each case holistically in order to note the different effects that an outcome could have on a person's life rather than just the narrow scope of the immediate issue at hand and its obvious implications. With a commitment to the best interests of our clients and to immediate, accessible communication, the Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. is the firm you want on your side if you are pursuing lawful permanent residency in Orange County, California. We provide one-on-one legal counsel that few firms can offer.

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Not everyone is qualified to obtain a green card. You may be eligible to pursue permanent residency if you fall under one of several specific categories. For example, you can qualify to receive a green card if you have an immediate family member who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and he or she will sponsor you. With certain limitations and restrictions, "immediate family members" include:

  • Husbands and wives
  • Fiancés and fiancées
  • Children, including adopted children
  • Mothers and fathers
  • Stepmothers and stepfathers

Relatives who are not "immediate" may still sponsor you in many situations, but these cases will not receive the same level of priority treatment as applications for immediate family members.

You can also pursue employment-based immigration. Every year, the United States government allows 140,000 green cards to be issued to foreign nationals who desire to work in this country. Usually, you must have the sponsorship of an employer or prospective employer in the United States in order to successfully apply for a green card on an employment basis. Other opportunities for obtaining a green card include but are not limited to:

  • Winning the ethnic diversity visa lottery
  • Qualifying for refuge / asylum based on persecution in your native country
  • Demonstrating long-time residency in the United States
  • Receiving amnesty because of certain criteria

Call the Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. for a phone consultation!

Let us help you achieve your immigration goals. Unlike other firms, we ensure that our clients receive one-on-one services directly from our attorney. Contact our Orange County immigration law firm today for a phone consultation, or schedule an appointment to meet with Attorney Ashkan Yekrangi at our Irvine office. When you retain the Law Office of Ashkan Yekrangi, P.C. for immigration representation, you can receive the care and attention your case deserves.