Green Card Categories: Understanding Different Paths to U.S. Permanent Residency

Explore the various Green Card categories with Manji Law, P.C., and learn how our expert legal guidance can help you navigate the complex immigration and green card holder process to achieve your American dream.
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Atlanta Immigration Attorney Jameel Manji

Author: Jameel Manji, Founder, Manji Law, P.C.

Mr. Manji founded Manji Law in 2016 to follow his passion of helping people navigate the complicated immigration system. Mr. Manji graduated from Georgia State University College of Law and received Master of Taxation from the Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Published on: December 12, 2019, Last Updated on: December 26, 2019.

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Achieving the status of a lawful permanent resident alien in the United States is a transformative milestone for many non-U.S. citizens, providing the opportunity to live and work in the US with far fewer restrictions. Commonly known as obtaining a Green Card, this process is essential for those who wish to make the US their long-term home.

A Green Card serves as proof of lawful permanent resident status, and it opens the door to a path toward US citizenship, ensuring that individuals can pursue their dreams and contribute to American society. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) outlines the rights and responsibilities of Green Card holders, also known as lawful permanent residents.

At Manji Law, P.C., we understand the significance of this journey. We are dedicated to guiding our clients through the intricate US immigration system with a personal touch that is both caring and professional. We recognize that facing the federal government’s procedures can be daunting, so we are relentless advocates for our clients.

Our firm practices citizenship and immigration services, providing strategic legal assistance across various immigration issues, from family-based immigration to defensive strategies against removal.

Understanding Green Card Categories

Green Cards enable non-U.S. citizens to live and work permanently in the United States, and the path to obtaining one varies significantly, subject to country and depending on the category under which an individual qualifies. Here are some of the most common paths to permanent residency:

Family-Based Green Cards

Family-Based Green Cards are a standard route for many applicants. According to the USCIS, immediate relatives of US citizens, including spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of adult US citizens, fall under this category with no cap on the number of visas available annually, making the process more straightforward. However, US citizens’ extended family members and fiancés may face longer waiting times due to numerical limitations.

 Employment-Based Green Cards

For professionals and workers seeking permanent residency, Employment-Based Green Cards encompass five preference immigrant visa categories—EB-1 through EB-5, as listed. Each of these five visa categories has its eligibility criteria, from extraordinary abilities to investment in a US business, and the application processes differ accordingly.

Humanitarian Programs

Individuals fleeing persecution or who have been victims of crime may find refuge under Humanitarian Programs. These programs, including asylum, VAWA, T, S, and other U.s citizen visas, have specific criteria and procedures to protect the most vulnerable.

Long-Time Residents

Lastly, there exists a category for Long-Time Residents, often referred to as the “Registry” provisions, for those who have been in the US since January 1, 1972. The eligibility hinges on demonstrating continuous residence since the entry date.

Understanding the nuances of these categories is crucial, and we are committed to advising our clients on each step of the process, offering our knowledge and support to build a prosperous future in the United States.

The Application Process for Green Cards

Applying for a Green Card is a pivotal step in an immigrant’s journey, and choosing the green card holder’s appropriate category is crucial. The process begins with determining eligibility under one of the various Green Card categories, such as family sponsorship, employment, or refugee status.

Once eligibility is established, application preparation is critical. This involves meticulous completion of the required forms and collation of supporting documents. It’s essential to ensure accuracy to avoid delays or rejections.

Common challenges in the process include lengthy waiting times and intricate documentation issues. These can be daunting, particularly when navigating the system against the federal government. An attorney with a personal touch who understands the complexities of immigration law can be a game-changer in this regard.

At Manji Law, P.C., we assist clients with these daily hurdles. Our familiarity with the application timelines and documentation requirements can help streamline the application process, making it less stressful. Through our assistance, we aim to turn the uncertainty of waiting periods and the anxiety of paperwork into a more manageable and clear-cut journey toward achieving lawful permanent residency in the United States.

Should complications arise, our team stands ready as relentless advocates for our clients, ensuring the best possible outcome. We believe in providing reasonable, reliable, and understanding service while being passionate about achieving your immigration goals. Our support extends beyond just application assistance – for those with additional needs, such as criminal defense, we’re here to stand in your corner.

For more detailed information on the duration and specific steps involved in obtaining or renewing a Green Card, you might find our insights on how long it takes.

Why Choose Manji Law, P.C.?

At Manji Law, P.C., we understand the immense importance of obtaining a Green Card and its impact on our clients’ lives. With a deep commitment to guiding you through the intricate immigration landscape, we offer caring, passionate, and reliable assistance for all your immigration requirements.

Our Experience:

  • Personalized Approach: Each case is unique, and we treat it as such. We dive into the specifics of your situation, ensuring a tailored strategy for your Green Card application.
  • Family Immigration: Thanks to our exceptional ability in reuniting families, we’re proficient in navigating family-based petitions.
  • Criminal Defense: Uniquely positioned to assist immigrants facing criminal charges, we work to protect your residency rights.

Why Clients Trust Us:

  • Reliable: Our firm’s foundation is built on reliability. When you call, you’ll often speak directly with Jameel Manji, an attorney who understands your needs.
  • Caring: We’re not just attorneys but passionate advocates who care deeply about your immigration journey.
  • Adequate: Time and again, our results speak for themselves. Clients come to us for results, and we deliver.

For Green Card Seekers:

  • Success Stories: We’ve helped thousands navigate the permanent resident card process successfully—whether through status adjustment, consular processing, or defense from removal.
  • Comprehensive Support: From family-based immigrant visa petition to criminal defense, our services cover every aspect of immigration law necessary for a solid Green Card application.

Secure Your Future in America with Manji Law, P.C.

Navigating Green Card categories with the national visa center can be daunting. With Manji Law, P.C., however, you gain a partner with the extensive experience and dedication necessary to strive for a positive outcome. Our reasonable and reliable customer service matches our commitment to professional excellence and passionate advocacy. When clients reach out to us, they are often met by Jameel Manji, offering immediate insight into their case. 

We take pride in our extraordinary ability to deliver a high-level overview in just a few minutes, conveying the potential costs and mapping out the steps ahead. In the complex landscape of immigration law, our clients find solace and confidence knowing we are with them every step of the way, reaching the ultimate goal: a place to call home in the United States. Contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you achieve your immigration goals.