Q: Now that my application has been filed with the government, what is the next step?
A: Once you receive the filing receipt from the government via mail and via email in about one month, you can enter that receipt number in the government website to check current processing times for your type of case. Here is the website. www.uscis.gov
Q: Who would qualify as close family relationships for family petitions?
A: Spouses, children over 21, parents, and siblings, not aunts, uncles and cousins.
Q: Which companies would qualify to sponsor a non-citizen?
A: Companies whose principals are willing to sign applications or petitions with the government (Department of Labor or USCIS) and who can prove that their financials are sufficient to pay the non-citizens salary once the process is completed.
Q: Will there be any additional legal fees now that my application has been filed?
A: You likely have a flat fee retainer agreement which generally covers this part of the case. Any additional costs such as mailing, copy, scanning, paralegal costs will be billed to you and they would be payable upon receipt of the bill.
Q: What comes next now that I have become a lawful permanent resident of the United States?
A: By law you must carry your ‘‘green card” with you at all times. You are required to pay tax on worldwide income as a US tax resident. You may file for citizenship of the US 57 months from the date of adjustment to permanent residence and once you become a US citizen you may vote. Please keep your address updated with the government and also with our office. Your original documents and a copy of your file have been provided to you, and you should keep these documents until you apply for and are approved for citizenship.
Q: I came to the United States with no documents with the exception of a passport which is now expired. May I file for a work permit and Social Security number so that I can obtain additional documentation including a driver’s license?
A: In most cases, in order to obtain a US work permit and Social Security number, an application must first be filed with the government (USCIS) based on a close family relationship, a business relationship, or a political asylum application. An immigration lawyer would need additional information about your case to see whether you will fit in one of the categories mentioned.