San Antonio Green Card for Child Lawyer
Green Card for Child of US Citizen
Green Card via Family
If you are a US Citizen and have a child from another country, you may apply for your child’s Green Card. A Green Card will give the child permission to live and work in the US on a permanent basis. Furthermore, if your child is under the age of 18 when the child is admitted into the US with a Green Card, then the child automatically becomes a US Citizen. Our Immigration Lawyers are knowledgeable on obtaining Family Green Cards for children of US citizens.
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1. Live in the United States permanently
Once the Green Card is approved, your child will be able to live in the United States.
2. Public Education
Your child will have access to schools in the USA and be able to attend classes from Pre-K to high school.
3. Work in the United States
When your son or daughter reaches the legal age to work in the USA, a Green Card will allow them to legally work in the USA.
4. Social Security Number
Your child will be able to receive a Social Security Number.
5. Driver’s License
Your son or daughter will also be able to apply for a Driver’s License.
6. Eligibility for US Citizenship
One of the major benefits a Green Card offers is that a Green Card opens the door to US Citizenship. A child of a US Citizen, who is under 18 years old, who gets admitted into the US with a Green Card, automatically becomes a US Citizen. On the other hand, if the child of a US Citizen is 18 or older at time the Green Card is issued, then the child may apply for US Citizenship 5 years after getting the Green Card.
When applying for a Green Card for a child, there is 1 main requirement that the government looks at when deciding to approve your application:
The US Citizen parent must prove that he/she is the parent of the child. This is normally proven with the child’s birth certificate.
There are two different ways to apply for a foreign child’s Green Card. Option #1 is used when the foreign child already lives in the US. Option #2 is used when the foreign child lives outside the US.
When the foreign child already lives in the USA, the Green Card application process is done entirely inside the USA. The legal name for this process is Adjustment of Status.
The Green Card process for a foreign child that currently lives in the United States is as follows:
Step 1: Document Checklist
Once you hire our law firm, our Immigration Attorney will provide you with a detailed checklist of the documents needed to prepare your child’s Green Card application. This checklist is the most important part of the application, because it lays out exactly what will be needed to apply for the Green Card.
Step 2: Prepare Green Card Application
Once you have provided our office with the required documents, the Immigration Lawyer will prepare and submit your application to the US Government (USCIS).
Step 3: Work and Travel Permit
Once your child’s Green Card application has been submitted, your child may be eligible to receive a work and travel permit. With this permit, your child can receive a Social Security Number and work legally in the US while the Green Card application is pending. After the work and travel permit is issued, then we wait for USCIS to schedule an interview appointment for the child and the US Citizen parent.
Step 4: Green Card Interview
The last step of the process is the Green Card interview. The purpose of this interview is for a US Government Officer to review the Green Card application and to confirm that the child is truly the child of the US Citizen parent. This interview is done inside the USA at a US Government (USCIS) office. Prior to your appointment, the Immigration Attorney will prepare you for the Green Card interview. From time to time, the interview requirement is waived and no interview is required.
When the foreign spouse lives outside the USA, the Green Card process includes 2 separate applications. Application #1 is filed inside the USA. Application #2 is filed outside the USA, at the US Embassy in the country where the child lives. The legal name for this process is Consular Processing.
The Green Card application process when the foreign child lives outside the USA is as follows:
Step 1: Document Checklist
Once you hire our law firm, our Immigration Attorney will provide you with a very specific checklist of the documents needed to prepare the child’s Green Card application. This checklist is the most important part of the application, because it lays out exactly what will be needed to apply for the Green Card.
Step 2: Prepare and Submit Application # 1
Once you have provided our office with the required documents, we will prepare and submit Application #1. Then we wait for an approval of Application #1 before moving forward.
Step 3: Prepare and Submit Application #2
Once Application #1 is approved, we start Application #2. Our Immigration Lawyer will prepare and submit Application #2 to the National Visa Center (US Embassy). Then we wait for the US Embassy to schedule an interview appointment for the child. This interview will be held at the US Embassy in the country where the child lives. The US Citizen parent is not required to attend the interview at the US Embassy. Any adult can accompany the child to the interview.
Step 4: Green Card Interview at US Embassy
Application #2 ends with a Green Card interview for the child. The purpose of this interview is for a US Government Officer to determine that the application is complete and to confirm that the US Citizen is the parent of the child. This interview is done at the US Embassy, outside of the USA, in the country where the child lives. Prior to this interview, our Immigration Attorney will schedule prepare the child (and the adult accompanying the child, if any) for the Green Card interview.
How long will a Green Card for the Child of a US Citizen last?
The Green Card status issued to the Child of a US Citizen will be issued for life. The Green Card itself, just like a passport, expires every 10 years and is easily renewable. If your Green Card expires, it does not mean you have lost your Green Card status. It just means you need to take a new picture so that a new Green Card can be printed for you.
For More Information About San Antonio Immigration Lawyer for Green Card for Child of US Citizen
If you would like to set up a consultation with either of our Immigration Lawyers in San Antonio; Gerardo Menchaca or Tomas Resendez, to discuss the time, costs and other requirements associated with your parent’s Green Card application, please call (210) 858-9681.