Green Card Application Questions
Applying for a green card can be very exciting. However, there is a lot to think about and consider. Here are some green card application questions that may be weighing down your mind.
Green Card Application Questions | Will I need my documents translated to get a green card?
You will need to get your documents translated into English before you go to your review at the U.S. Embassy. These translations must be certified. You will need to submit the originals as well as the translations to the National Visa Center, a sort of intermediary between the USCIS and the Embassy, before you go to your Embassy review.
Green Card Application Questions | Can I include my spouse and children on my green card application?
Your spouse and children can almost always be included on a green card application. You must begin, however, by applying as an individual. The applicant is the principal beneficiary. After your initial petition is approved, you can name your spouse and children as derivative beneficiaries. If they are already in the U.S., you can go through final processing together. If they are outside of the U.S., they can go through processing separately, after you’ve obtained your green card.
Green Card Application Questions | Can my father sponsor me if he isn’t on my birth certificate?
If your father is a U.S. citizen or green card holder, he can sponsor you for a green card. This is the case even if his name isn’t on your birth certificate. In this situation, you might need to provide a DNA test, and evidence that you have had an emotional relationship. Cards or letters, money orders, or other forms of documented communication would count.
Green Card Application Questions | Can a stepparent sponsor me?
In this case, the determining factor is when your biological parent married your stepparent. If you were under 18 when your biological parent married your stepparent, then your stepparent can sponsor your green card application – even if you’re currently over 21.
Green Card Application Questions | Can my employer sponsor my application for a green card?
For an employer to sponsor a foreign national for a green card, the employer would have to demonstrate inability to find a qualified U.S. worker. The employer may demonstrate this by running ads in a local paper. The employer then must demonstrate the ability to pay your wage, generally by presenting tax returns.
Green Card Application Questions | I’m facing gang violence in my home country. Can I apply for asylum?
If you are facing persecution in your home country, you can apply for asylum within one year after your arrival in the U.S. You can also apply if you are directly at risk because of revolution or religious or political violence in your country, as well as persecution from a gang. If you can demonstrate changed circumstances in your home country – for example, a revolution – you may apply after being in the U.S. for one year. In any case you will need to provide documentation supporting your fears. An experienced immigration attorney can help you compile the evidence you need.
If you have any further green card application questions, please call our Morristown immigration lawyers today.