A temporary green card is similar to a standard one. However, a temp card expires after two years. If you have a temporary card but want a permanent one instead, you can get help from a Duluth immigration lawyer.
Barrios Virgüez Attorneys offers legal help to those involved in immigration cases in Augusta and Duluth, Georgia, and their surrounding areas. If you want help to get a temporary or permanent green card, please reach out to us. Our immigration lawyer can review your case and help you determine the next best steps.
It Is Important to Understand Why Temporary Green Cards Are Issued
A temporary green card grants someone from outside the United States conditional permanent residence. You can request one based on your marriage to a U.S. citizen. Or, you may be eligible for a temporary card based on employment.
Before you can obtain a temporary green card, you must obtain an immigrant visa. You will need to include your immigrant visa number on your application. If your request is approved, you should keep a close eye on its expiration date and submit your renewal request.
You may be able to remove conditions for permanent residence based on marriage, allowing you to secure a permanent green card. There can be times when you can get a card based on your employment. In either scenario, it pays to partner with an immigration lawyer to help you navigate the green card process.
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A Permanent Green Card Stays Valid for 10 Years
By applying for removal of conditions for your temporary green card, you may be able to become a permanent U.S. resident. If you do not submit a request to remove these conditions, you are considered to be “out of status.” At this point, you can be removed from the United States.
Ultimately, it is in your best interests to stay ahead of the expiration date for your temporary card. If the deadline for your temp card is approaching, do not wait to file for the removal of conditions. By submitting your request, you may be able to guard against deportation.
Barrios Virgüez Attorneys has a proven track record in immigration cases. For more information, please connect with us. Our immigration lawyer can answer any legal questions you have about the process to get a permanent green card.
There Are Several Reasons Why Your Application for a Permanent Green Card Can Get Denied
You should take as much time as you need to fill out your application for a permanent green card. Although you should not rush through the application, it is equally important to submit your required materials at least 90 days before your temp card expires. This gives U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) sufficient time to process your request.
USCIS may deny your request for a green card due to a lack of evidence to support your application. For instance, you may request a permanent card based on your marriage but fail to show you and your spouse have built a life together. This can raise red flags to the point where USCIS denies your application for a card.
If your request for a green card is denied, you may still be able to get one. This requires you to appeal to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) or Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). You have up to 30 days from the date you are notified about your denial to file your appeal.
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An Immigration Lawyer Can Help You with Your Appeal
If you want to appeal a denial of your green card request, hire an immigration lawyer. It helps to choose an attorney that offers professional legal representation to those dealing with green card issues. This lawyer will commit the time, energy, and resources to help you file an appeal that resonates with USCIS officials.
Your attorney will help you file your appeal and gather evidence to support it. On top of that, your lawyer can keep you up to date on any decision made regarding your appeal. In the best-case scenario, your lawyer will notify you soon after you submit your appeal to let you know that your request for a permanent green card has been approved.
When you submit an appeal, USCIS officials review it to determine if it will take favorable action. They conduct an “initial field review” to determine if they will treat your appeal as something they should reconsider. If the answer is yes, USCIS officials will reconsider your initial request for a green card.
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You Will Get a Decision on Your Appeal within 180 Days
Expect to hear back about a decision regarding your appeal on a denied green card request within about six months. In some instances, cases extend beyond 180 days since additional information may be required to determine if your request for a card will be granted. Your attorney will keep you up to date on the status of your request and let you know when a decision is made.
You cannot control how USCIS officials will respond to your appeal, but you can control the information you submit to support your request for a permanent green card. To put yourself in the best position to win your appeal, it is crucial to hire an attorney who possesses plenty of immigration law experience. This lawyer will go the extra mile to ensure that you file an appeal that explains to USCIS officials why you deserve to be granted permanent residency in the United States.
As you and your lawyer work together on your appeal, your attorney can help you avoid mistakes along the way. Furthermore, your attorney communicates and collaborates with you and makes sure that all of your legal needs are met. Your lawyer also uses their legal expertise to ensure that you can get a decision on your appeal as quickly as possible.
Get the Legal Help You Need with a Temporary Green Card
Barrios Virgüez Attorneys can assist you with any temporary green card issues. Please contact us today for a free case evaluation.