Getting a green card can be a long and confusing process. While it typically takes 6-36 months to obtain permanent residency, there are ways to expedite the process and get your green card in less than 90 days.
In this guide, we’ll explore some of the most effective options for obtaining your green card in less than 90 days.
What is a Green Card?
Also known as a Permanent Resident Card, a green card allows foreign nationals to live and work permanently in the United States. Green card holders enjoy many of the same rights as U.S. citizens, including:
- The ability to live and work anywhere in the U.S.
- Federal benefits like Social Security and Medicare
- The ability to file petitions for certain family members
- Protection against deportation or removal
- The ability to pursue citizenship after meeting residency requirements
For many, obtaining a green card is the first step to building a new life in America. But the process can be long and confusing.
Immigration attorneys, like those at the Law Office of Lina Baroudi, are committed to helping immigrants obtain green cards quickly and efficiently. With years of experience, their attorneys are familiar with little-known strategies that can expedite the process.
Concurrent Filing for Spouses of U.S. Citizens
One of the fastest ways to obtain a green card is through concurrent filing. This process allows spouses of U.S. citizens residing in the United States to combine their I-130 and I-485 applications into one packet.
The I-130 Petition
The I-130 Petition for Alien Relative establishes your relationship to your U.S. citizen spouse. This proves you’re eligible for a green card through marriage.
The I-485 Application
The I-485 Application to Register for Permanent Residence allows you to adjust your status from your current visa to permanent resident.
By filing the I-130 and I-485 together, you can get a decision on both within a few months. The whole process typically takes 6-12 months.
Savvy immigration lawyers can help immigrants obtain green cards in as little as 3 months through smart concurrent filing. They ensure all supporting documents are included upfront to avoid delays or Requests for Evidence (RFEs).
Premium Processing for Faster Decisions
Another option for expediting green card applications is premium processing. This paid service guarantees a decision from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within 15 calendar days.
The current premium processing fee is $2,500, but it can be well worth it to get a fast decision. This service is available for Form I-140 petitions, including:
- EB-1 petitions for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability
- EB-2 petitions for professionals holding advanced degrees
- EB-3 petitions for professionals, skilled workers, and unskilled workers
Premium processing can shave months off overall wait times. Attorneys will advise if it makes sense for your unique situation.
Direct Consular Filing for Spouses Abroad
For spouses of U.S. citizens residing abroad, direct consular filing can expedite the process. This involves filing Form I-130 directly with a U.S. consulate.
After approval, your case gets forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC). Here, additional forms are filed before an interview is scheduled at the consulate.
The major benefit of direct consular filing is bypassing USCIS altogether. This can result in a dramatic reduction in overall processing times.
Parole in Place for Adjustment of Status
Parole in place allows spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders to apply for advance parole while remaining in the U.S.
With parole in place, they can leave and re-enter the U.S. legally while their green card application is pending. This allows them to adjust their status without having to return to their home country.
Experienced immigration attorneys can determine if parole in place is an option. If so, they’ll handle the application to help you avoid long separations from your family.
Take Control of Your Immigration Future
The San Jose immigration lawyers at the Law Office of Lina Baroudi understand the life-changing impact of obtaining a green card. That’s why they leverage their knowledge and resources to help clients achieve their dreams faster. Don’t leave your immigration goals to chance. Contact their team today to start your journey.