If you live in Atlanta, GA and recently applied for your Green Card, we have some important information we think could be beneficial for you to know.
Having a Green Card, also referred to as a Permanent Resident Card, can be extremely beneficial if you are looking to make your stay in the U.S. a more permanent one. Green Cards not only give you official immigration status in the U.S., but they also entitle you to certain rights and helps you satisfy one of the requirements you must meet if you wish to become a naturalized citizen. While a Green Card doesn’t translate into you being a U.S. Citizen, it definitely helps you to get down the path to becoming one should you decide to apply for naturalization in the future.
Now, if you recently applied for your Green Card and your application is pending with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), here are a few important things you should know:
- The estimated time it will take for USCIS to process your case is 11.5 to 25.5. months if you submitted your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status to the Atlanta, GA field office. Now, the estimated processing time does vary by location and the type of form that is submitted so if you wish to check a different location other than Atlanta, you can do so by clicking here. You may also wish to visit USCIS’s website every so often to see if the processing times for I-485 have been updated.
Tip: If you are still in the process of getting your Form I-485 submitted or you are helping a loved one fill theirs out, we do recommend that you have one of our skilled Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys assist you. As you can see, the wait time to get your application processed is extremely long and the last thing you want or need is to wait months only to receive notice that an error was made on one or more of your forms. If you would like one of our helpful attorneys to assist you with getting your Form I-485 filled out and submitted, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 404-816-8611.
- You can check the status of your case online with your Form I-485 receipt number. The USCIS has a Case Status Online Tool that can be used to check the status of your case. In order to take advantage of this tool, you will need your Form I-485 receipt number. This number is “a unique 13-character identifier that USCIS provides each application or petition it receives.”
- If you move to a new address after you submitted your Form I-485, you need to notify USCIS. USCIS says that you must update your address within 10 days of moving to ensure you receive any important notices regarding your case that might be sent out to you. Failure to update your address could result in you not receiving correspondence from USCIS which could jeopardize your ability to receive your Green Card.
Important: Updating your address with the U.S. Postal Service does not mean USCIS will be made aware of your move. To find out how you can update your address with USCIS, visit USCIS’s Change of Address Information Page by clicking here.
- If you plan on leaving the U.S. temporarily while your Form I-485 is pending, you should consult with one of our green card lawyers in Atlanta, GA to find out how this might affect your case and what steps you need to take if it is imperative that you travel.
What should I do if USCIS denied my Green Card application?
If you recently received a notice from USCIS stating that your Green Card application was denied, we recommend you contact Kuck | Baxter Immigration Partners LLC immediately to find out what we can do to help you. As frustrating as it may be, there are things our experienced attorneys can do to help you get this issue resolved. Sometimes, the solution is simple while other times, you may need an attorney to step and help.
The last thing anyone wants or expects is to have their Green Card application denied, especially if you’ve waited a significant amount time for it to be processed. Unfortunately, many individuals are faced with these circumstances which is why Kuck | Baxter Immigration Partners LLC is available to help. If you would like to find out what our team of dedicated and knowledgeable immigration lawyers in Atlanta can do for you, contact us now at 404-816-8611.
Kuck | Baxter Immigration Partners LLC is located at:
365 Northridge Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30350