Permanent Residency Options
Applying for your permanent residency can be very exciting. You may be wondering what your permanent residency options are.
In the United States, there are multiple ways to become a permanent resident of the country. Here are the four different permanent residency options:
Permanent Residency Options | Green card
If you obtain a green card, you can live and work in the United States and will be on the path to becoming a citizen. Although a green card is the precursor to becoming a permanent resident of the United States, certain restrictions are placed on you, such as the inability to vote and the threat of deportation if you are convicted of certain crimes. Some green cards last ten years, but conditional green cards last only two, and carry additional requirements.
Permanent Residency Options | Certificate of Naturalization
After you have your green card for five years — or three if you are married to a U.S. citizen — you can apply for a Certificate of Naturalization. Our firm assists you with the applications and the interviews that follow to make the process go smoothly. Unlike a green card, naturalized residents are afforded the right to vote and cannot be deported for a crime.
Permanent Residency Options | Certificate of Citizenship
A Certificate of Citizenship is given to children under the age of 18 born abroad but have parents who are U.S. citizens. Our firm obtains the proper forms and documentation for you to get your Certificate of Citizenship, which will allow you to live permanently in the United States.
Permanent Residency Options | Amnesty
Amnesty allows people who entered the United States illegally to have their status adjusted so they can be on the path to citizenship. If you entered the country without inspection before 2001, you may be eligible for an amnesty exception. We determine if you meet the guidelines and help you toward permanent residency.
If you have any questions about your permanent residency options, please call our New Jersey immigration lawyers today.