Consebido Law Office
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Consular processing is one of the pathways to permanent resident status (obtaining a green card). When an individual outside of the United States has an approved immigrant petition and an immigrant visa number immediately available, he or she may apply at a U.S. Department of State consulate abroad for an immigrant visa in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a permanent resident.
The first step in consular processing is to figure out which immigrant category you fit into. There are many ways to attain permanent residence status, including through family, a job or refugee or asylee status. Once you determine which category applies to your situation, an immigrant petition needs to be filed on your behalf.
Foreign nationals may legally enter the United States through non-immigrant visas or by attaining Permanent Residence status whereby an individual receives a Green Card. Unlike non-immigrant visas, which limit the length of stay in the U.S., a Green Card enables individuals to work and remain in the United States indefinitely. An individual may be granted Lawful Permanent Residence by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through one of the following ways: employment sponsorship, family sponsorship, the annual diversity lottery, qualified investment, or extenuating circumstances such as political asylum.
Being a citizen of the United States is a requirement for legal employment, as well as many of the privileges afforded by government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, and retirement benefits from Social Security.
If you are not born a United States Citizen, you may still be eligible for citizenship through the normal naturalization process. Naturalization is an administrative process that requires a non-citizen to comply with a whole host of immigration laws.
Attorney Pauleen R. Consebido is available for consultation Monday to Friday except for federal holidays. She also offers appointments on weekends as needed. In-person consultations are preferable, and in-office consultations are by appointment only. An initial consultation with Attorney Pauleen R. Consebido does not establish an attorney-client relationship, and we abide by our duties to prospective client (Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.18).
Minimal Legal Fees: Initial Consultation $200