Green Card Lawyers in St. Petersburg
Helping Clients Obtain Permanent Residency
A green card offers extensive benefits for individuals who want to live and work in the United States. However, obtaining a green card can be a complex process. Working with an immigration attorney increases your chances for a successful green card application.
For more than 40 years, Rios Immigration Law Firm has worked to help clients take full advantage of this opportunity. Our St. Petersburg green card attorneys represent clients from all around the world and provide services in English and Spanish.
Benefits of Permanent Residence in the United States
Lawful permanent residency, also known as a green card, is the goal for many people who come to the United States from other countries. Permanent resident status comes with several benefits.
Benefits of a green card include the ability to:
- Work with almost any U.S. employer, without needing sponsorship
- Travel abroad and reenter the country without risking being denied entry
- Apply for government financial aid for continuing education
- Start your own business
- Get a mortgage and purchase a home
- Obtain health and life insurance
- Contribute to political campaigns
As a green card holder, you can also petition for a green card for your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21. After five years, you can apply for full U.S. citizenship.
Qualifying for a Green Card
Depending on your situation, you may be eligible to obtain a green card through one of four basic methods:
- The green card lottery
- Family sponsorship by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Political asylum
When applying for a green card, it is important to apply under the right eligibility category.
For example, you may want to apply through political asylum. In this case, you must be able to show you have suffered persecution in your home country. If you want to apply through employment, you must fit in one of the five preference categories. Marriage based green cards require proof of the existing relationship.
The process of obtaining a green card is extensive, and processing times can vary widely. Because every situation is unique, you will benefit from the qualified guidance of an experienced immigration lawyer. At Rios Immigration Law Firm, we can help you avoid common pitfalls and raise your likelihood of success.
Green Card Denial and Appeals
A green card may be denied for a few reasons, such as:
- A criminal conviction
- A contagious disease
- Illegal entry into the U.S.
- If employment-based, lack of qualifications
- If family-based, lack of proven relationship
If your green card is denied, you may be able to appeal the decision. You could file a motion to reopen the case with new evidence or documentation to support your case. Other options include filing a motion to reconsider or filing an appeal with the Administrative Appeals Office. If your green card is denied, we can closely evaluate your situation to help you determine the best path forward.
Dedicated, Accessible Attorneys for Immigrant Legal Issues
The green card application process and the appeals process are extremely complex. Even the smallest errors can result in a denial. When petitioning for your green card or filing an appeal, avoid errors by retaining qualified legal counsel. Our St. Petersburg green card attorneys have guided many clients through the process over the past 40 years.
We have extensive knowledge of the immigration process and can help you gather all necessary documentation to support your petition and address any issues that could result in a denial. We have a proven track record of delivering results for our clients.
“Gracias!”- Adolfo Salazar & Flia
“We had a tricky immigration case from the get-go, which only got trickier as time went on. Art was with us every step of the way and stayed positive, yet realistic when we began to lose hope. I can't recommend Art enough.”- Christi
“Mr. Rios is the best immigration lawyer I have ever met, and I met with a few. Don't waste your time going anyplace else. Mr. Rios is the master and the expert, that is why he is a law school professor! Thank you for everything Mr. Rios.”- Client