How and when to apply for a green card?

Asked over 1 year ago - Lafayette, IN

I am from India and I am pursuing PhD in Purdue University. I have been here from August 2010. What's the best time to apply for a green card? Are there any metrics to focus for this specific application purpose? What would be the duration for application process and approximate lawyer fees. Thanks !

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  1. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . What's the best time to apply for a green card? When you qualify to apply for one. Merely pursuing a PhD is not a basis for a green card. You need a qualifying employment or family based petitioner.

    You should retain an experienced immigration lawyer to review all the facts, advise you, and handle the case. You can find one through

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Daniel Warren Thomann

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . The answers to your questions depend on the basis for the green card - family, employment, etc.

    You may want to meet with an immigration attorney directly to discuss the options you may have available for permanent resident status. Good luck! - 312.641.0771 - The information above is general in nature and is not intended to create an... more
  3. Gintare Grigaite

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . It really depends for the basis for your green card, i.e. are you self-sponsoring, do you have an employer to sponsor you, or a family member to sponsor you. So you really need to have a formal consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer to discuss your options.

    Contact immigration lawyer Gintare Grigaite, Esq. at 201-471-7989, located in New York and New Jersey, for a... more
  4. Lalita Haran

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . There is start time for green card filing like H1 start period. There should be a qualified sponsor to support your application for Green Card whether an employer or a family member and when that is available it would be a good time to start. Best Wishes!
    Lalita Haran
    Attorney:Immigration Law
    13295 Illinois St Ste 128
    Camel IN 46032
    Ph: (317) 660-6174

    Contact (317) 660-6174 for specific legal advice. Answers here are not legal advice because they are of general... more

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