If you’ve moved to the U.S. on a student or temporary work visa, you’ve gotten to know the culture and may have started thinking of yourself as a long-term resident of the country. You may wonder, though, as long as your temporary visa doesn’t have problems getting renewed, why you should bother upgrading to a permanent visa. If you do plan to stay in the U.S. for more than five years, you absolutely should apply for permanent residency.
When you opt for permanent employment visa status, your future is no longer in doubt. Even if you’ve experienced little to no difficulty renewing a temporary visa in the past, the fact is, a sudden layoff could result in you losing your residency. With permanent residency, you’re free to search for new work, and your residency in the U.S. isn’t dependent on you keeping the same job with which you applied for a visa. This means if you’re unhappy with your job, you’ll feel more secure looking for new work, too.
If you earn your green card, you can then become a sponsor for other immigrants — including your unmarried adult children — who want to move to the U.S. as well. On temporary visas, you can only elect to bring along your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.
Dual Intent Doctrine
If you’re already in the U.S. on a temporary visa, applying for a green card may actually be more complicated. However, it’s when you’re in the U.S. that the prospect of having to pack up your life and move back to your home country because your visa isn’t renewed becomes more urgent. An expert attorney can help you avoid issues with what’s called a dual intent doctrine.
Permanent residency is the first step toward applying for U.S. citizenship. If you’re married to an American citizen or you and your family simply love the opportunities you’ve found in the States, it makes sense to secure your future and reap the benefits of earning permanent residency. Contact Challa Law for a consultation to learn how today.