Chicago Consular Processing Attorneys
What is Consular Processing?
If you are living outside the United States and wish to apply for a green card (lawful permanent resident status), you will have to do so through a U.S. Department of State consulate in your home country. This route to permanent residency in the U.S. is called consular processing.
To help you navigate this process, turn to a capable Chicago consular processing lawyer at Borjas Law Group, LLC. Our firm exclusively practices immigration law, which means that we have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the green card application process. Furthermore, our founding attorney has been through the immigration process himself, which gives us deep insight into this field of law. That is why we focus on providing you with personalized care during an experience that can be intimidating and stressful.
Connect with a Chicago consular processing attorney at (312) 698-9066. Call for a consultation.
How Does Consular Processing Work?
The steps of consular processing are similar to those for an Adjustment of Status. Your first step is to determine your basis for immigration. Most immigrants’ eligibility is through a family-based or an employment-based immigration petition made on their behalf by a sponsor. Other eligibility classes exist, however, such as for refugees, victims of human trafficking, those seeking asylum, and other special categories. You may or may not need a sponsor depending on the circumstances.
Your immigration petition will be filed with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field office, embassy, or consulate abroad. Once it is approved there, it will be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC). If it is approved by the NVC, you will be contacted.
From there you will have to:
- Complete an interview with a USCIS official
- Gather and submit financial documents
- Undergo certain medical exams
- Pay application fees
Dependable & Client-Centered Legal Service
The entire immigration process can be complicated and requires great attention to detail. It is vital to retain the services of an attorney experienced in handling all of the necessary steps effectively. Our Chicago attorneys understand the process and can work vigorously to ensure that your application is completed in a professional manner.