Many people want to live in the United States legally. Unfortunately, doing so can be a challenging and difficult process.
However, a person who is not a United States citizen can ultimately be legally recognized and counted as a permanent resident and and immigrant in the United States. People can achieve this status in a variety of ways, but one of the most common ways is by getting a green card.
If you are currently in the process of obtaining a green card, knowing and following a few simple tips can help you to navigate the system more easily and effectively.
Find a Sponsor
One of the common ways to earn your green card is by having a family member in the United States who is willing to act as your sponsor. This person will be responsible for you, so you should choose someone trustworthy.
This person might be a spouse or another family member who has already immigrated legally. If you have such a person in your life, then you are already one step ahead of the green card game. All you will need to do is to find an immigration consultant who can help you and your sponsor to navigate the process of obtaining your green card.
If you don't have a sponsor in the United States, then you will need to consider other options to gain your green card.
Review Your Application Before Your Interview
In many cases, before you will be granted a green card, you will be required to undergo an interview with an immigration professional.
If you do have to undergo an interview, make sure you prepare for it properly. One preparatory step to take is to study and know your application and the information it contains inside and out.
A lot of the questions asked in your interview will be pulled directly from your application, so you need to know exactly what you've stated within that application, even if you did not prepare it yourself. Study that application just as for a test and be ready to properly verify any information that it may contain.
Secure A Promise of Employment
Another good step to take is to try and secure a promise of employment or have some way to make money once you're in the states.
Often, if you can get an offer from an employer, the employer can then act as your sponsor, negating the need for a family member to take on this responsibility. Even if an employer is not your sponsor, showing that you have a plan for supporting yourself can go a long way toward making you a desirable candidate for a green card.
Getting a green card is not easy, but it's definitely worth it. Follow this advice and secure the help of a professional permanent resident and immigration consultant for best results.