What is a Green Card? | Wisconsin Immigration Law

If you would like to become a U.S. citizen, you likely have a lot of questions. You may be wondering things like “what is a green card? What is the process of obtaining one?” Our firm understands that this process can be stressful, and we are here to advocate for you every step of the way. Read on to learn more about obtaining a green card in Wisconsin.

What is a green card?

The United States Permanent Resident Card is an identification card documenting the permanent resident status of an alien in the United States. It is commonly known as a “green card” because it is green.

Who is eligible for a green card?

There are a number of ways to obtain a green card. The eligibility categories include:

  • Family-Based
  • Job or employment-based
  • Refugee or asylum
  • Special programs

How Long Does it Take USCIS to Process a Form I-485 in Wisconsin?

If you submit a Form I-485 in Wisconsin, your case should be processed between 6.5 months to 20.5 months. If it has been more than 20.5 months since you’ve submitted your application, feel free to reach out to our firm to discuss your case. To check the status of your pending application, you can either call USCIS at 800-375-5283 or visit USCIS’s Case Status online page and enter the receipt number you obtained after filing your Form I-485.

What if my green card application is denied?

In some cases, a green card application will be denied. This can happen for a number of reasons. If your green card application for renewal is denied, you will not be able to appeal this decision. However, you can potentially file a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider with the office that determined you were ineligible for renewal. A skilled immigration attorney will be able to help you obtain, collect, and present all evidence required to prove that the decision to deny your application was based on an inaccurate application of the law.

If you have any questions or concerns about obtaining a green card, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated immigration law attorney.

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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