Washington D.C. Employment Green Card Attorney
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Employment-based green cards allow foreign workers to live and work in the United States on a semi-permanent basis. Green cards confer lawful permanent residency and serve as a path to U.S. citizenship.
Obtaining an employment-based green card typically involves the following steps:
Seeking and securing an employment-based green card can be extremely challenging, especially if you are applying for a visa with historically high demand. Our Washington D.C. employment green card lawyer at Law Group International can help you explore your visa options and assist you throughout the application process.
We are intimately familiar with the United States immigration system and can leverage our team’s decades of experience to benefit your case.
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Understanding the Preference Category System
Employment-based green cards are extremely popular, and demand typically outweighs supply for many visa categories. A maximum of 140,000 visas is issued each year. Visas from this pool are allotted across 5 preference categories. These visa categories are ranked, meaning that higher categories receive higher priority.
Employment-based green cards are distributed across the following preference categories:
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Even if an applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements for a visa category, they will not be able to secure a green card until one becomes available. Because demand can outstrip supply in some categories, applicants will often face substantial wait times for their priority date to become “current.” Applicants from countries with high application volumes, including China and India, can experience even larger waits, as only a certain number of visas can be issued to individual countries each year.
EB-1 and EB-2 visa applicants often do not have to wait at all before visas become available (unless they are applying from a high-volume country). EB-3 visa applicants may need to endure waits of several months or more.
Our Washington D.C. employment green card attorney can assist you in navigating the complex and sometimes confusing preference category system. We can evaluate your qualifications and determine under which categories you are eligible. From there, we can strategize on how best to minimize your wait time and secure your visa as efficiently as possible.
Other Employment-Based Visas
Adjustment of Status Versus Consular Processing
Once USCIS approves your petition to work in the United States and a visa becomes available, you will need to formally change your immigration status through consular processing or an adjustment of status. Whether you are currently in the United States will determine which process you must complete.
If you are already in the United States, you will need to submit additional paperwork to USCIS in order to adjust your status. USCIS generally takes several months to process these requests.
If you are outside the United States, you will need to schedular a consular processing appointment with your home country’s U.S. embassy or consular office. Because appointments can often be secured within weeks versus months, consular processing can sometimes be faster than requesting an adjustment of status. However, you will need to participate in an in-person interview that is intended to confirm your eligibility for the visa you applied for.
Our Washington D.C. employment green card attorney at Law Group International can assist you with consular processing and adjustments of status. We can help you navigate the U.S. employment immigration system and work to make what can be a difficult and protracted process as painless and efficient as possible. We have assisted thousands of clients and are committed to giving you the legal support that you need and deserve.
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