Here are some tips for foreign nationals hoping to become lawful permanent residents. This process usually starts with becoming a lawful permanent resident. This allows the individual to live in the United States permanently so long as there are no violations of laws or other issues that would lead to removal. This is important to keep in mind if you do receive LPR status.

Lawful permanent resident status is the first step towards applying for US citizenship. Having an attorney help you comprehend the various steps involved during this process, as well as how it might ultimately translate to citizenship status, can be very helpful. It’s a good idea to start off any application process with USCIS on the right foot, and an attorney can assist you with the proper timeline and materials necessary to accomplish this.

What It Means to be a Lawful Permanent Resident

Many individuals refer to this situation after being approved for a lawful permanent resident status as having a green card. It can be very difficult to qualify for a green card or lawful permanent resident status in the United States. There are very specific categories of people who meet the eligibility requirements for green cards and sometimes there are even annual limits on the number of green cards that can be given out. The process of applying is also difficult and very lengthy.

You need to consult with an Arizona immigration attorney if you intend to initiate this process because it can help you to avoid some of the most common mistakes made by other individuals in your situation and it can ensure that someone who is knowledgeable about the process is guiding you each step of the way.

 Since the US bureaucracy can be very unfamiliar and confusing for individuals who do not understand it well, an Arizona immigration attorney can be a critical point of contact between you and any government agencies reviewing your information.

How an Attorney Can Help with Issues

If problems arise, an Arizona immigration attorney can help you figure out your options in order to adjust them and can answer your questions as you go along. During this nerve wracking process that has such an important outcome, it is extremely valuable to have someone knowledgeable about the process working directly with you, so do not hesitate to get legal advice as soon as possible.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Tips for Foreign Nationals Hoping to Become Lawful Permanent Residents, or other immigration matters , please feel free to contact Matthew L. White at  480.461.5304, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.