Petitions for Permanent Residency in the U.S.

In many cases, an individual may be seeking permanent residency in the U.S. through a family member. Permanent residency can also be known as obtaining a "green card" and is a crucial step for many families.

At the Law Offices of Stephen Santucci, PC, we have years of experience handling permanent residency petitions for clients in New York and across the U.S. We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of these types of cases and are able to provide clients with the tailored advice and guidance that they need.

Contact our offices today to schedule an appointment and discuss your case with us, an experienced citizenship and immigration attorney. We have offices in New York City and Philadelphia.

Obtaining Permanent Residency

The family member of the person applying for permanent residency is called the petitioner, or sponsor, while the person who is applying is called the beneficiary. The initial petition must be filed by the sponsor with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). This agency can approve the beneficiary's immigrant visa petition.

Next, the state department can determine if an immigrant visa number is immediately available for the beneficiary. This is usually dependent on whether or not the beneficiary is in the U.S. or not.

If a visa number is available and the beneficiary is in the country, the beneficiary may apply to adjust his or her status to that of a lawful permanent resident. However, if an immigrant visa number becomes available and the beneficiary is outside the country, he or she must then complete the processing at a U.S. consulate.

Applications for Permanent Residency

It may take a great deal of time in order to obtain permanent residence status for a family member after the filing of petition. However, this is considerable and varies tremendously, depending on a number of factors, including:

  • The type of family relationship
  • The country of origin of the beneficiary
  • Where the marriage took place (in the case of a spousal petition)
  • Any backlogs at the USCIS for petition approvals
  • Current location of the beneficiary (whether in the U.S. or abroad)

Contact a Lawyer for Family-Based Permanent Residency Petitions

To learn more about permanent residency petitions and green cards, contact the Law Offices of Stephen Santucci, PC, today to talk to an experienced New York immigration lawyer.