How to Get a Green Card in Chicago

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There are many different opportunities for foreigners to get a Green Card in Chicago. Immigrants in Illinois are a growing community and an integral part of the workforce:

  • 1 in 7 residents in the state is an immigrant
  • Over 20% of all business owners in the Chicago metropolitan area are immigrants. As workers, business owners, taxpayers, and neighbors, immigrants are an integral part of Illinois’ diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all.
  • In 2015, immigrants accounted for 20.3% of business owners in the Chicago/Naperville/Joliet metropolitan area (which stretches from Wisconsin to Indiana through Illinois) and 6.5% of business owners in the St. Louis metro area (which straddles Illinois and Missouri).

A Green Card, a Permanent Residence Card for Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) is issued to all permanent residents as proof that they are authorized to live and work in the United States and is the 1st step to becoming a US citizen. A Green Card is different than a visa, which is a temporary travel pass to enter the United States. Before you apply for a Green Card you must have been granted a visa. If you are an LPR age 18 or older, you are required to have a valid green card in your possession at all times. Green Cards are valid for 10 years, or 2 years in the case of a conditional resident, and must be renewed before the card expires.

Immigration law is very complicated and constantly changing, and making mistakes can be very serious. The process to apply for a Green Card is different for every person and considers many factors including your home country, how you qualify for a Green Card (such as employment or family) and any previous USCIS applications.

Immigration Simplified can help you get a Green Card in Chicago at a reasonable cost. Many people hire an immigration attorney or do it yourself. Doing it yourself may save you money, but it can take up a lot of your time and lead to mistakes. Or you can hire an attorney to manage everything, but spend a lot of money.

Immigration Simplified offers the best of both worlds. With us, you will have access to a professional immigration attorney without the high price. An Immigration Simplified attorney will guide you through the process and help you file correctly the first time. We review your situation, create and provide you with the proper forms and then help you submit it to the right agency. Contact us today to get started.

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