Facing a complex immigration issue in Arizona can be extremely frustrating, but knowing your options and speaking with an attorney who can help you plan ahead can be significantly helpful. If you are not familiar with immigration law, having an Arizona immigration attorney help you from start to finish can make a big difference in your case. Here the three most common questions relating to immigration.

How Long Is My Green Card Valid?

The permanent resident card, most often referred to as a green card, is proof that the holder has been granted lawful permanent resident status and allows a foreign national to live as well as work in the United States on a possibly indefinite basis. Although some green cards contain no expiration date, most are valid for 10 years.  However, if the immigrant has only been granted conditional permanent resident status, the card is valid for 2 years.  Around 6 months prior to the expiration of the green card, the lawful permanent resident should plan to renew his or her green card. The green card will typically be renewed as long as the holder has maintained eligibility status.

What Kind of Visa Do I Need If I Want to Become a Permanent US Resident?           

Depending on your current situation or immigration status there are several different types of visas available to foreign nationals who want to immigrate permanently to the US. There are family visas, work visas, and fiancé visas. Consult with an Arizona immigration attorney to determine which one is most appropriate for you.

What Kind of Visa Do I Need If I Want to Come to the US for a Temporary Stay or Visit?

You will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa if you only intend to be in United States for a short period of time. Common visas for temporary or short visits are travel visas, business investor visas, and student visas. Again, consulting with a knowledgeable Arizona Immigration attorney can make this process much easier for you to handle. Contact an experienced Arizona immigration attorney sooner rather than later.

There are many different questions you might have in relation to the immigration process, and it is better to work with someone who understands the requirements and processes rather than relying on your own efforts to figure it out. This is why you should consult with an Arizona immigration attorney as soon as you have any concern related to your status or a future immigration issue. It is not in your best interests to wait until it’s too late, so set up a consultation 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 Three Most Common Questions Relating to Immigration, or other Immigration Law matters,  please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at  480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  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.