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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Process Your Migration

Everyone moves to the United States in the hopes of one day gaining full citizenship, thus moving themselves and their loved ones on the path to perhaps a better, more stable life. At least, this is what the American dream stands for, and what many people who work here eventually aspire to. If this sounds like you and you’re interested in securing a green card at some point, then read on for more information.

Prepare Paperwork

First off, you will need to get some paperwork in order. You will need your birth certificate, copies of your recent travel documents, and last date of lawful entry into the United States, as well as information regarding your education level, work visas, if any, bank statements, and generally proof that you will not be a public charge. This is a fairly recent ruling that indicates a desire to accept new immigrants who can be self-sufficient to a degree and not use public benefits right away. Therefore, the more paperwork you will have regarding your education, employment history, and financial assets, the better. 

File a Petition 

The next step is to file a petition with USCIS. Depending upon your current situation, you will have to file a certain level of paperwork accordingly. For example, if you are married to an American citizen, you can have your spouse help file an I-130 on your behalf. You may also be wondering what kind of residency status you are eligible for. In this case, Jazmin Alagha with the Ybarra Maldonado Law Group can help you find out if you are Green Card eligible, and will also file the appropriate petition on your behalf and that of your family. Given the number of difficulties inherent to the process, excellent legal representation is necessary to have things moving in a smooth and efficient pace.

Medical Exam

Once the paperwork is underway, you will be contacted by USCIS regarding an interview. This is a great sign and an indication that your application for residency status is moving in the right direction. For the interview, you will need to undergo a medical exam at least two weeks ahead of the scheduled date. This full examination includes taking a look at your eyes and overall physical health while making note of any disease you may have that would pose as a public health emergency. You will have to bring copies of any past immunizations with you. You will also be requested to bring the results from the medical health professional in a sealed envelope that you are not allowed to open before the interview. 

After these crucial steps are underway, you will be given official notification of whether or not your petition has been approved. If for whatever reason, you have been unable to secure permanent residency straight away, you can either appeal or file a brand new petition. Your lawyer will be able to help advise on the right course to take once you receive the decision. In all cases, with the appropriate legal representation and proper paperwork, the process will move along much easier than you’d think. 


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