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Sarasota Green Cards & Visas Lawyers

Helping Clients Establish Permanent Residency

A U.S. Permanent Residency Card—commonly known as a green card—allows an individual to live, work, and travel freely throughout the United States. It is an important step on the path to citizenship, but the process can be complex and confusing. At Kowkto Law Group, our Sarasota green cards and visas attorney guides clients through the process of obtaining a green card.

Learn more about options for permanent residency in a free consultation. Call (941) 208-9332 for an appointment.

Requirements for a Green Card

A green card gives permanent resident status to an individual for a period of 10 years. There are specific categories for people interested in becoming permanent residents of the United States, and a preference system is used to give immediate relatives the highest priority. There are a limited number of visas available each year for categories other than immediate family, so it is important to file each application with the help of a legal professional.

Eligibility for permanent residency can be obtained by:

  • Family member sponsorship
  • Employer sponsorship
  • The Green Card lottery system
  • Alien entrepreneur investment
  • Asylum or refugee status
  • Self-petition

It is important to understand that green cards offer permanent residency status—not citizenship. After 5 years of continuous permanent residency, the green card holder may apply for citizenship. In the meantime, the green card may be revoked if the person commits a crime, fraud, votes in an election as a U.S. citizen, or abandons permanent residency. There are also certain international travel restrictions, and the resident will be required to pay taxes.

The Green Card Application Process

A petition is required to establish the basis for immigration classification. The specific process varies depending on whether the person is living in the United States or outside the country. Our Sarasota green cards and visas attorney can evaluate each situation and guide clients through the process.

For more information, call (941) 208-9332 to arrange a free consultation.

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