Family-Based Green Cards

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Four Step Broad Overview

The forms are not that difficult. That's why many people complete the forms themselves. The first form is I-130 for the Visa Petition. There are extensive instructions to this form. Second, you need a priority date that becomes current. Third, file an application for permanent residence or a green card. Fourth, enter the U.S. with an Immigrant Visa.

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Do I need a Lawyer?

Although many people don't need a lawyer for this process, there's nothing wrong with asking for help. In fact, if you need help, get it. You don't want to make a mistake with such an important process. You want a lawyer that specializes in Immigration Law. Finding a lawyer on AVVO is a good start. Asking friends or family members that have gone through this process with a lawyer is also a good idea. Nonprofit organizations can also help you find a good lawyer. Be careful if a lawyer walks up to you in USCIS office and solicits business. Also, just because a lawyer dresses well and has a nice office doesn't mean the lawyer is any good. I do not practice Immigration Law, but can refer a few good lawyers.

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Pros and Cons

Pros: Work experience or education does not matter. Your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age generally qualify as derivative, accompanying relatives. Cons: It can be taken away if you live outside of the U.S. for too long, commit a crime or fail to notify the government of an address change.

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