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I Can Help You Obtain Your Green Card & Become a Permanent Resident of the United States

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My firm has helped many people obtain their permanent residency in the United States, allowing them to live, work, and travel in their new home.

The regulations surrounding green cards are always changing, making it important to work with a qualified and experienced immigration lawyer. I can help your application be successful.
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Immigration laws change very quickly and very frequently, which makes it nearly impossible for the average person to stay apprised of all the most recent developments that affect the current rules and regulations that apply to them or their loved ones.

Because these laws are always changing,  it can be a rather overwhelming experience for the average person attempting to apply on their own. For this reason, it is often best to hire an immigration attorney who can help guide you through the complicated application process and ensure that all necessary paperwork is filed correctly and in accordance with the government’s time frame.

Should a problem arise, you can trust my firm and I to take immediate steps to resolve the problem and bring your application to a successful conclusion.

A Legal Team Working for You

The Grotas Firm is comprised of experienced legal professionals that share a common goal: to do everything in our power to keep families together.

As the regulations and rules surrounding green cards change, you can count on our team to remain informed and well-versed on the changes and how they may impact you. Our goal is to ensure that our clients enjoy a green card application process that is efficient, as easy as possible, and successful.

If you are seeking an experienced immigration attorney to help with your green card application, I encourage you to call my office and schedule a consultation to get started. My team and I are here for you.

Requirements for Obtaining Your Permanent Residence (Green Card)

A basic overview of how obtaining your green card works.

A Green Card holder is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a “Green Card.”

You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other ways you can obtain your green card:

  • Special immigrant status – If you are a religious worker, international broadcaster, or are an Afghanistan/Iraq national that worked with the United States government as an employee or translator, or worked with the International Security Assistance Force. If you are a minor who has been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents then you are eligible to obtain a green card
  • Asylum or refugee status – If your asylum case was granted more than one year ago, then you can apply for a green card.
  • Fleeing violence or abuse – The US government grants green cards for both adult and juvenile victims of violence, terrorism, cruelty, or war.

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The Benefits of Holding a Green Card

Obtaining your green card affords you many benefits, including:

  • Freedom to live and work in the United States – Where a Visa is a temporary permit, a green card extends these freedoms permanently. Having your green card will empower you to seek nearly any job in the United States that you are qualified for (there are some exceptions to this, such as jobs that require security clearance available exclusively to citizens).
  • Freedom of movement – With a green card you are now able to travel in and out of the United States freely (assuming you intend to leave the US for no longer than 6 months at a time).
  • Societal and legal rights – As a green card holder you can receive benefits that are not available to undocumented residents or visa-holders, such as social benefits, insurance, social security, educational benefits, and so on.
  • The right to own property and firearms – As a green card holder you will be able to purchase a home, firearms, vehicles, and other assets that require permanent residency.
  • Access to credit – As a permanent resident you will be able to seek and obtain credit, including car loans, mortgages, credit cards, and other forms of credit.
  • Ability to seek obtain citizenship – Once you have held your green card for at least five years, you will be able to apply for citizenship. Learn more about obtaining your citizenship.

Immigration Legal Services for Families

Detention & Deportation Defense

Minor infraction or conviction, even if it occurred decades ago, could trigger deportation or removal proceedings. The U.S. government does not forget. In fact, they are actively arresting people even if they have been living in the U.S. their entire lives. I provide passionate and zealous immigration defense for those who the U.S. government wants to deport.

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Getting Your Citizenship

When applying for citizenship, the application process can be fraught with technicalities, unfair immigration officials, and delays. Our entire immigration and criminal history. Guidance from an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to ensuring that you are not only approved, but that you don’t suddenly wind up in deportation proceedings. Also, an immigration attorney can save a case which has been delayed.

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Visa Applications & Renewals

During our initial consultation, I will work with you to determine which visa is right for you or your loved one. I have represented many immigrants who have applied for a wide range of visa applications. I have worked on renewal cases for individuals and their family members, including change of status, marriage and fiancé visas, family petitions, as well as many others.

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Obtaining Your Green Card

The first step for someone immigrating to the U.S. on a permanent basis is to obtain lawful permanent residence; commonly known as a “Green Card.” The steps to obtaining your Green Card can vary greatly depending on your specific circumstances. There are numerous ways to obtain a green card and every client’s situation should be evaluated specifically.

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Helping Relatives Immigrate

If you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and are looking to help bring a relative into this country, it is important that all of the required documentation be submitted correctly on the first attempt and within the allotted time frames. I can assist you with all of the necessary paperwork, supporting exhibits and the eventual interview.

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Federal Litigation

Many immigration judges and state judges make mistakes. And many attorneys are satisfied with unsatisfactory rulings. Most do not want to upset a judge by challenging his or her decision, nor do they want to spend more time appealing the same case at a federal level. However, it is my strong belief that when a judge passes an unfair verdict that could ultimately devastate or destroy a person’s life, it is my responsibility as his or her attorney to do everything in my legal power to prevent that from happening. Taking a case before a federal judge is a serious and time consuming endeavor, but if successful can result in the reversal of a previous decision made by either an immigration or state judge.

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Vacating Guilty Pleas

Vacating Guilty Pleas: Many clients find themselves in deportation proceedings after entering a plea of guilty to a crime on the advice of their criminal attorney. Unfortunately, their attorney never tells them that their guilty plea will result in their deportation. This can lead to disastrous consequences. In this scenario, it is my job to handle damage control and keep my client in this country and out of jail.

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Minor infraction or conviction, even if it occurred decades ago, could trigger deportation or removal proceedings. The U.S. government does not forget. In fact, they are actively arresting people even if they have been living in the U.S. their entire lives. I provide passionate and zealous immigration defense for those who the U.S. government wants to deport.

Learn More

When applying for citizenship, the application process can be fraught with technicalities, unfair immigration officials, and delays. Our entire immigration and criminal history. Guidance from an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to ensuring that you are not only approved, but that you don’t suddenly wind up in deportation proceedings. Also, an immigration attorney can save a case which has been delayed.

Learn More

During our initial consultation, I will work with you to determine which visa is right for you or your loved one. I have represented many immigrants who have applied for a wide range of visa applications. I have worked on renewal cases for individuals and their family members, including change of status, marriage and fiancé visas, family petitions, as well as many others.

Learn More

The first step for someone immigrating to the U.S. on a permanent basis is to obtain lawful permanent residence; commonly known as a “Green Card.” The steps to obtaining your Green Card can vary greatly depending on your specific circumstances. There are numerous ways to obtain a green card and every client’s situation should be evaluated specifically.

Learn More

If you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and are looking to help bring a relative into this country, it is important that all of the required documentation be submitted correctly on the first attempt and within the allotted time frames. I can assist you with all of the necessary paperwork, supporting exhibits and the eventual interview.

Learn More

Many immigration judges and state judges make mistakes. And many attorneys are satisfied with unsatisfactory rulings. Most do not want to upset a judge by challenging his or her decision, nor do they want to spend more time appealing the same case at a federal level. However, it is my strong belief that when a judge passes an unfair verdict that could ultimately devastate or destroy a person’s life, it is my responsibility as his or her attorney to do everything in my legal power to prevent that from happening. Taking a case before a federal judge is a serious and time consuming endeavor, but if successful can result in the reversal of a previous decision made by either an immigration or state judge.

Learn More

Vacating Guilty Pleas: Many clients find themselves in deportation proceedings after entering a plea of guilty to a crime on the advice of their criminal attorney. Unfortunately, their attorney never tells them that their guilty plea will result in their deportation. This can lead to disastrous consequences. In this scenario, it is my job to handle damage control and keep my client in this country and out of jail.

Learn More
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