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There is a seemingly endless list of visas available that permit foreign visitors to live—and potentially work—in the United States for defined periods of time. Those seeking a way to remain in the country, work, and even obtain citizenship through the naturalization process can apply for a permanent resident card, commonly known as a green card.
However, the application process can be complex due to the eligibility rules and procedures involved. The attorneys at the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. have extensive experience helping clients in Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay area with a wide range of immigration issues.
The paths to permanent resident status
Numerous paths are available to achieving eligibility for permanent residency, and each option requires different steps for the application process. Some of the most common paths available include the following:
- Through family. In an effort to promote family unity, the United States permits family members who are U.S. citizens—or permanent residents, in some cases—to petition for your permanent status.
- Through a job. When you receive a job offer, the employer has the option of obtaining a labor certification, followed by a green card petition on your behalf. It is also possible to obtain a green card by investing in an enterprise that creates new U.S. jobs, by qualifying for certain specialized jobs, or even through a self petition process.
- Through refugee or asylum status. Individuals admitted to the United States as refugees or as qualifying family members of asylees are eligible for a green card one year after entry into the country.
There are close to 20 additional paths available based on very specific circumstances—each with its own detailed requirements for eligibility and application. The lawyers at the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. have the skills and experience to help guide clients in Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay area through the complex process and ensure the best possible outcome for clients.
Contact our respected team of attorneys today
If you need a seasoned green card attorney in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, or the Tampa Bay area and need more information on the immigration-related legal services we can offer, contact the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. at (727) 939-6113, or use our online contact form.