Things to Avoid When Getting Your Green Card

A green card is a permit for U.S. lawful permanent residency. This permit allows an immigrant to live and work in the United States permanently. They are valid for 10 years for permanent residents and 2 years for conditional permanent residents. However, they can be incredibly difficult to obtain. If you make particular mistakes, you could prevent yourself from obtaining or renewing your green card.

When you first apply, be as honest as possible about who you are. If you’re not quite eligible for a category, but you try and squeeze into that category, you could come off as untruthful and will be denied citizenship.

Even if you fit one category entirely, you might become inadmissible by committing a crime. There are other factors that could contribute to your green card denial, including contracting tuberculosis, overstaying your visa by 6 months or more, or by a family sponsor not showing enough income and assets to cover your household expenses in the United States. Make sure all your ducks are in a row before you begin to apply.

Last, one of the worst things you could do is make a mistake on your paperwork. This error is usually the most frustrating part of applying for a green card and being denied. Green card applications require filling out and preparing an extreme amount of paperwork. If you fail to follow instructions or improperly complete a form, this will delay your applications or even lead to an outright denial.

If you need help applying for a green card, don’t hesitate to call one of our Cleveland immigration attorneys today. Sintsirmas& Mueller Co. L.P.A. are dedicated to helping our clients through complicated legal matters and assisting them in meeting their goals. Let us put our 50 years of combined legal experience to work on your case.

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