The process of securing a green card or becoming a U.S. citizen can be long and convoluted. There are countless forms to fill out, deadlines to manage, and interviews to attend. Staying on top of these tasks is critical if you want to extend your time in the United States or become a U.S. citizen.
A St. Cloud immigration lawyer from Bogin, Munns & Munns can provide invaluable advice and support during this process. This includes help with filling out documents and key insight into how the immigration process works. A lawyer’s expertise could also help if you are facing other immigration challenges, such as deportation.
The Benefits of a St. Cloud Immigration Lawyer
Our team is ready to help you apply for a green card, work your way through the naturalization process, and many other immigration services.
You can count on your St. Cloud immigration lawyer to:
- Help you manage and meet all deadlines
- Gather necessary documentation
- File your immigration claim
- Defend your immigrant rights as needed
- Work with an employer sponsor on your behalf, if applicable
- Prepare you for meetings with U.S. immigration officials.
- Fight to protect your rights in any removal proceedings
In the unfortunate case that you are flagged for deportation, an immigration lawyer can help guide you through this challenging time. If you receive a “removal proceedings” notice, do not hesitate to contact a law firm – time may be of the essence.
Some grounds that the U.S. government commonly uses for removal proceedings in deportation cases include:
- Fraud: If you have been accused of fraud or a similar crime, you could face removal proceedings.
- Staying beyond your visa: Failing to renew your visa is another potential ground for removal.
- Asylum denial: Typically, asylees are granted residence in the United States for a specific duration of time. If you stay beyond this duration, you could be deported.
There are several other reasons why you could face deportation. However, these proceedings can be fought in court – and that is where the support of a St. Cloud immigration lawyer can be invaluable.
To consult with an experienced immigration lawyer serving St. Cloud, call 855-686-6752
The Team Behind Bogin, Munns, & Munns
Bogin, Munns & Munns has been in the legal business for more than 40 years, and immigration law is one of many fields that we excel in. We continue to receive many accolades for our work, including:
- Joined the Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum, a national organization of trial lawyers with strict qualifications for membership
- Received a preeminent rating from Avvo, which is a highly coveted Martindale-Hubbell scoring criteria
- Selected as a finalist for the best law firms in central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel
These accomplishments are joined by hundreds of positive reviews from satisfied clients. Their testimonials demonstrate our commitment to legal expertise and compassionate support. For example:
- “I was pleased with what they accomplished and with the way they handled pretty much everything that had to do with my case.”
- “Ryan Munns and staff have been a great help. With so many attorneys and different areas of practice, they are a complete firm with a long history in Florida.”
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Obtaining a Green Card
The term “green card” is a catch-all phrase that refers to various visa types that permit an extended or permanent stay in the United States. Some common green card eligibility categories include:
- Family green cards: You could be eligible for a family green card if your spouse or other relatives are already citizens of the United States.
- Employment green cards: Depending on your employment, you could be eligible for this type of green card. Preference is given to sought-after professions, such as “extraordinary ability” in the sciences or business.
- Special immigrant green cards: This eligibility type refers to a range of special categories, from affiliation with the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) to employment as a translator during the Iraq war. Our legal team can explain if this category applies to you.
- Refugee or asylee green cards: You could be eligible for this type of green card if you were granted asylee or refugee status within the past year.
- Human trafficking or crime green cards: These green cards are designed to grant temporary residence in the United States to victims of human trafficking or crime.
This is not a complete list of green card eligibility categories. If you are unsure which category applies to your situation, contact a St. Cloud immigration lawyer for help.
Official Steps for Obtaining a Green Card
Green cards are particularly important because they are typically a prerequisite for naturalized U.S. citizenship. If you would like to become a citizen of the United States someday, you will need to follow these steps to secure a green card first, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
- Typically, someone must file a petition for green card candidacy on your behalf. In some cases, you can file this petition on your own.
- If the petition is approved, you will file an official application with USCIS or the U.S. Department of State.
- Next, you must attend a biometrics appointment to provide your photo, fingerprints, and signature.
- After the biometrics appointment is completed, you will be contacted to schedule an official interview.
- Once all these steps are completed, a state official or representative will inform you of their decision.
This is a general overview of the required steps to obtaining a green card, but certain nuances may apply based on your situation. For instance, the process you adhere to will depend on whether you are currently inside or outside the United States. Similarly, the forms associated with your application may differ based on your eligibility category.
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The Path to U.S. Citizenship
Before you apply for U.S. citizenship, you must determine if you meet the following eligibility guidelines:
- Be age 18 or older at the time of your filing
- Be a competent English speaker
- Been a lawful permanent resident for three or five years, depending on your spousal association
Other guidelines will apply, such as a demonstrable knowledge of U.S. history and a willingness to undergo the Oath of Allegiance.
Steps Towards Citizenship
Here is a brief overview of the steps you will need to take to become a U.S. citizen via naturalization:
- Determine your eligibility
- Complete and sign your N-400 form
- Pay any related filing fees
- Provide any necessary evidence or documentation
This process varies on a case-by-case basis. You can begin by creating an account with USCIS and using their citizenship eligibility tool. Then, a St. Cloud immigration lawyer with Bogin, Munns & Munns can inform you of your best next steps.
Under U.S. law, those born on U.S. soil will immediately be granted citizenship. This caveat provides a secondary route to citizenship, albeit a less common one than naturalization.
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Our St. Cloud immigration lawyers are ready and eager to support you through the duration of your immigration case. Whether you are seeking permanent residency or facing deportation, we can help.
Get started today by filling out our immigrant questionnaire or calling us today. We provide assistance in both English and Spanish.