Green Card Lawyers in Houston
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The process of immigrating to the United States can be complex and confusing. Let Davis & Associates be your guide as you navigate the challenges of filing for permanent residency. Our Houston green card attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience helping clients from all over the world obtain the right to live and work in the U.S.
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Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing
If you have determined that you meet the requirements to apply for a green card, then you must choose which application process to use. There are two ways to apply for lawful permanent resident status in the United States.
These methods are:
- Adjustment of status: For those who are already present in the U.S.
- Consular processing: For those who are outside of the United States
If you are currently outside of the U.S., you may apply at a U.S. Department of State consulate in the country in which you currently reside, through consular processing. On the other hand, if you are already present in the U.S., you may use adjustment of status to apply for a green card without needing to return to your home country. However, you must have entered the country legally and have a visa that is immediately available.
Typically, only immediate relatives in the U.S. have the opportunity to file for a green card through adjustment of status. Family preference categories usually go through consular processing.
The primary benefits of consular processing are that it is generally faster, less expensive, and has a lower risk of refusal. The biggest downside of this process is that individuals may not be able to visit the U.S. while the immigrant visa is pending, which could take longer than a year.
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Regardless of whether you apply for a green card through adjustment of status or consular processing, Davis & Associates is here to help. Our Houston green card lawyers can analyze your case and provide you with our professional opinion on how best to proceed.