We are proud to provide families with personal step-by-step guidance through sometimes convoluted immigration policies and quotas. Many times, immigration matters are personal and require a delicate touch. We carefully guide families through all aspects of this difficult process and have assisted many immigrants in watching their American dream come to fruition.
Now when it comes to immigration, it is important to know that there are four categories of immigration status in the United States: U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, Non-Immigrants, and Undocumented Immigrations. Now the distinction between these four categories is especially important to understand.
U.S. Citizens can be anyone who was born in the United States or anyone who has been “naturalized.” Permanent Residents are otherwise known as green card holders. If you are a permanent resident, this means you have been granted authorization to live and work in the U.S. permanently. Under this category there are ‘Lawful Permanent Residents’ and ‘Conditional Residents.’ A ‘Conditional Resident’ is a person who has been married for less than two years before they received their green card. While a ‘Lawful Permanent Resident’ cannot be subject to deportation, a ‘Conditional Resident’ can.
If you are legally in the country for a temporary basis, you would fall under the category of ‘Non-Immigrant.’ Students, fiancées, business visitors all fall under this category. Under these visas, you are legally in the United States for a fixated time. However, if you overstay your visa, then your immigration status changes to an “Undocumented.” Under the immigration status of ‘Undocumented’ this basically means that you are in the United States without permission. Undocumented immigrants run the chance of being deported back to their country of origin.
How we can help
With the extensive options and applications for obtaining a green card or changing current resident status, it is easy for families to get overwhelmed. Our attorney is more than happy to help you through this process of what is needed and what to expect for each immigration case.