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The requirements for obtaining green cards

For many people, the United States represents opportunity to lead a happier, safer, and more fulfilling life. For this reason, individuals may seek lawful permanent residence, also known as a Green Card, here in the U.S. Potential immigrants should be aware, though, that it can be a lengthy and complicated process to reach this goal and create a new life in Washington, DC or other areas of the country.

With a few exceptions, the means by which one can obtain a Green Card are broken down into three categories: employment-based, family-based, and asylum/special immigrant options. Most of these options require a sponsor -- either an employer or close relative -- but there are some categories in which a person can self-petition. An officer may have to review many factors such as ties to the U.S., employment and education history, and specific skills in order to determine eligibility in any of these categories.

In addition to these qualifications, before a Green Card can be approved, an officer must determine whether an applicant is admissible. This will include things like a medical exam, review of past criminal or immigration records, and in-person interview. 

However, despite these seeming difficulties, a Green Card provides immigrants certain rights that are very important to achieving their goals, including the right to work, the protection of U.S. laws, and the right to live permanently in the country. These rights do come with certain obligations, such as paying taxes and spending significant time physically in the U.S. As such, attorneys in Washington, DC and across the country with knowledge and experience in immigration law can help those seeking to fulfill the American dream throughout the process and afterwards.

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