Green Cards and the Law: Know When to Ask an Immigration Lawyer in Philadelphia for Help
A green card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, allows an individual to live and work permanently in the United States. There are several different ways to apply for and receive a green card based on multiple different categories of eligibility. While the process is involved and can take several months and sometimes over a year, there is no requirement to have a lawyer to apply or receive a green card. In fact, there are many individuals who apply and receive a green card without a lawyer’s help. But there are certain situations where an individual may want to seek an immigration lawyer’s help before applying for a green card or during the application process if things take an unexpected turn.
Here at the MC Law Group, LLC, our experienced immigration attorneys in Philadelphia, PA, have helped individuals and families achieve this monumental milestone in their lives by applying for and obtaining a green card in the United States. Whether you are preparing to apply or experiencing some difficulties in the process, we can help you and your family navigate the process. Our immigration law firm also understands that there is some uncertainty given the political climate regarding immigration, so we offer FREE consultations that are private and confidential. Learn how we can help you and your family by dialing (215) 496-0690 to schedule your free appointment.
When Should I Consider Hiring an Immigration Lawyer for my Green Card Application?
The honest truth is that every applicant, whether you believe you will have an easy time applying or are facing a challenging application process, should contact an immigration lawyer before applying for a green card.
Although this is not required by law, hiring an immigration attorney to review your application before submitting it can help ensure you have a complete and proper application to avoid unnecessary delays. Thus, even straightforward applications may benefit from the help of an immigration lawyer in Philadelphia.
But there are some applications for a green card where an individual or family should seek out assistance to avoid delays or other legal ramifications. Some of the most common reasons to seek out an immigration attorney’s help include the following:
You Are Unsure Which Application Category You May Satisfy
There are many different categories that you may be entitled to apply for a green card under. Knowing which category is essential to obtaining the relief that you need in a timely fashion and knowing what documents or evidence you will need to provide to support your application.
You Received a Removal Notice or Are Already in Proceedings
Anytime you face a removal proceeding, you could be risking your legal rights if you are not represented by an experienced immigration attorney like ours at MC Law Group, LLC. These are very serious types of proceedings and, if your family is also in the United States, an adverse decision for you could result in further action against them.
You Have Committed a Crime
Certain actions or misconduct in the United States can jeopardize your application for a green card, including crimes that are violent or deceitful. This means if you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any crimes in the United States, it is best to be represented by an experienced attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
You Are Having Difficulty Completing the Paperwork
Errors in completing paperwork is one of the most common reasons for applications for a green card to be immediately denied. Not only can this result in unnecessary stress and additional work for you, but it could also result in additional costs. Some mistakes completing paperwork, such as a mistaken admission, could further result in an unnecessary investigation. If you need help to complete an application, ask us for assistance.
There Have Been Delays in the Application Process
Some applications for a green card may be delayed based on the volume of applications and other circumstances out of your control at the field office where you have applied. That is normal. But some delays could be the result of other issues relating to your application, including back and forth correspondences, questions, or requests for documents made to you. Thus, having legal counsel can help avoid these delays to expedite your application better.
You Have Overstayed a Visa or You Are Unlawfully in the United States
In either of these scenarios, having legal representation to navigate this situation properly is important to ensure that you can resolve issues regarding your presence in the United States and so that you can receive a green card.
You Are Scared, Overwhelmed, and Unsure How to Proceed
The process to submit a green card is a serious process not to be underestimated. Not only is the process difficult and time-consuming, but the ramifications of being denied or granted a green card can be very emotional for most applicants. Applicants who are scared or uncertain about the process should know that our compassionate immigration attorneys can help handle their application to ease the stresses on you and your family.
Our Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers Can Help You
If you are applying for a green card, ask our experienced immigration lawyers at MC Law Group, LLC in Philadelphia, PA, for a FREE consultation by dialing (215) 496-0690 or using our contact us box available here to send us a secured message. We can help guide you through the process by handling your application from start to finish, or by stepping into an application you started to fix errors. Learn how we can help you today.