Securing a green card means you have established yourself as a permanent resident in the United States. At Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., we know that living in the U.S. can mean more opportunities for you and your family. That is why we help people identify and eliminate potential problems that can occur during the process.
One of the most common issues we see is someone whose green card has been denied due to basic ineligibility. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the denial rate for a Form I-40 (petition for an alien worker) alone was at 38 percent in 2010. The USCIS sets strict guidelines for whom may apply for a card either through a relative, through work or through refugee status.
If you are eligible, there are still a few other issues that could pop up during the application process, such as the following:
- A violation of immigration law, such as entering the U.S. illegally at some point or committing fraudulent activity to get a visa
- Economic reasons, such as the government deciding that you would be likely to rely on government assistance
- Criminal activity of any kind
- Health reasons, such as having a communicable disease or lacking required vaccinations
Seeking professional assistance with your application is one way to ascertain any potential issues and work toward resolving them. Our attorneys at Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A., are well-versed in immigration law and can help you apply or appeal your case.
For more information on this topic, please visit our page on permanent residency.