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The steps you must take to apply for a Green Card will vary depending on your individual situation. However, here is the general process that most applicants will go through: 

1. Someone (“sponsor” or petitioner) usually must file an immigrant petition for you. In some cases ( for example VAWA self-petitioner), you may be eligible to file for yourself. 

2. After USCIS approves the immigrant petition, and there is a visa available in your category, you file either a Green Card application with USCIS or a visa application with the U.S. Department of State. 

3. You go to a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photos, and a signature. 

4. You go to an interview. 

5. You receive a decision on your application.   

Are you eligible to apply? The eligibility requirements may vary depending on the immigrant category you are applying under. See Green Card Eligibility Categories below, all the possible categories you can apply under and what the eligibility requirements are. Green Card applicants will need to complete at least two forms: an Immigrant Petition and a Green Card application. Here are the most common forms:

 

Green Card through Family
You may be eligible to apply as a…If you are the…
Immediate relative of a U.S. citizenForm I-130, Petition for Alien RelativeForm I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusSpouse of a U.S. citizenUnmarried child under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizenParent of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old
Other relative of a U.S. citizen or relative of a lawful permanent resident under the family-based preference categoriesForm I-130, Petition for Alien RelativeForm I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusFamily member of a U.S. citizen, meaning you are the:Unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen and you are 21 years old or olderMarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizenBrother or sister of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years oldFamily member of a lawful permanent resident, meaning you are the:Spouse of a lawful permanent residentUnmarried child under the age of 21 of a lawful permanent residentUnmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident 21 years old or older
Fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen or the fiancé(e)’s childI-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusPerson admitted to the U.S. as a fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen (K-1 nonimmigrant)Person admitted to the U.S. as the child of a fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen (K-2 nonimmigrant)
Widow(er) of a U.S. citizenWidow or widower of a U.S. citizen and you were married to your U.S. citizen spouse at the time your spouse died
VAWA self-petitioner – victim of battery or extreme crueltyI-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special ImmigrantForm I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusAbused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent residentAbused child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent residentAbused parent of a U.S. citizen
Green Card through Refugee or Asylee Status
You may be eligible to apply as a…If you are the…
AsyleeForm I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of RemovalForm I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusWere granted asylum status at least 1 year ago
RefugeeWere admitted as a refugee at least 1 year ago
Green Card through Employment
You may be eligible to apply as a…If you are the…
Immigrant workerForm Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien WorkerForm I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusAre a first preference immigrant worker, meaning you:Have extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, orAre an outstanding professor or researcher, orAre a multinational manager or executive who meets certain criteriaAre a second preference immigrant worker, meaning you:Are a member of a profession that requires an advanced degree, orHave exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business, orAre seeking a national interest waiverAre a third preference immigrant worker, meaning you are:A skilled worker (meaning your job requires a minimum of 2 years training or work experience), or A professional (meaning your job requires at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree or a foreign equivalent and you are a member of the profession), orAn unskilled worker (meaning you will perform unskilled labor requiring less than 2 years training or experience)
Physician National Interest WaiverAre a physician who agrees to work full-time in clinical practice in a designated underserved area for a set period of time and also meets other eligibility requirements
Immigrant investorForm I-526, Immigrant Petition by Alien EntrepreneurForm I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusHave invested or are actively in the process of investing at least $1 million (or $500,000 in a targeted employment area) in a new commercial enterprise in the U.S. which will create full-time positions for at least 10 qualifying employees.
Green Card for Victims of Abuse
You may be eligible to apply as a…If you are the…
 VAWA self-petitioner – victim of battery or extreme crueltyThe abused spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent residentThe abused child (unmarried and under 21 years old) of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent residentThe abused parent of a U.S. citizen
Special Immigrant JuvenileAre a child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by your parent and you have SIJ status
An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under the Cuban Adjustment ActThe abused spouse or child of a Cuban native or citizen
An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA)The abused spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident who received his or her Green Card based on HRIFA
Green Card as a Special Immigrant
You may be eligible to apply as a…If you are the…
Religious workerAre a member of a religious denomination coming to the U.S. to work for a nonprofit religious organization
Special Immigrant JuvenileAre a child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected by your parent and you have SIJ status
Afghanistan or Iraq nationalServed as an Afghan or Iraqi translator for the U.S. governmentWere employed by or for the U.S. government in Iraq on or after March 20, 2003, for at least one yearWere an Afghan employed by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
International broadcasterAre coming to work in the U.S. as a member of the media
Employee of an international organization or family member or NATO-6 employee or family memberAre a retired officer or employee of certain international organizations, or NATO, and certain family members Go to the Green Card through Other Categories section for information on other eligibility categories for diplomats.
Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims
You may be eligible to apply as a…If you are the…
Human trafficking victimCurrently have a T nonimmigrant visa
Crime victimCurrently have a U nonimmigrant visa
Green Card through Registry

You may be eligible to register for a Green Card if you have resided continuously in the U.S. since before Jan. 1, 1972.

Green Card through Other Categories
Sponsor’s Household Size100% of HHS Poverty Guidelines* For sponsors on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces who are petitioning for their spouse or child
Diversity Immigrant Visa ProgramWere selected for a diversity visa in the Department of State’s diversity visa lottery
Cuban Adjustment Act Are a Cuban native or citizen, orAre the spouse or child of a Cuban native or citizen
An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under the Cuban Adjustment ActAre the abused spouse or child of a Cuban native or citizen
Dependent status under the HRIFAAre the spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident who received his or her Green Card based on the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA)
An abused (victim of battery or extreme cruelty) spouse or child under HRIFAAre the abused spouse or child of a lawful permanent resident who received his or her Green Card based on HRIFA
Lautenberg paroleeWere paroled into the U.S. as a Lautenberg parolee
Indochinese Parole Adjustment Act of 2000Are a native or citizen of Vietnam, Kampuchea (Cambodia), or Laos who was paroled into the U.S. on or before Oct. 1, 1997 from Vietnam under the Orderly Departure Program, a refugee camp in East Asia, or a displaced person camp administered by UNHCR in Thailand.
American Indian born in CanadaHave 50% or more of blood of the American Indian race and were born in Canada

After USCIS approves the immigrant petition, and there is a visa available in your category, and you either file a Green Card application with USCIS or file Visa Application with the U.S. Department of State.

IN THE UNITED STATES
What application process to useYour next steps
Adjustment of status with USCIS    If you already have an approved immigrant petition and an immigrant visa is available, file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS, orIf you do not currently have an approved immigrant petition, check the eligibility requirements for your Green Card category to see if you can file the petition and the Form I‑485 together at the same time (this is known as concurrent filing).
OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
What application process to useYour next steps
Consular Processing with the U.S. Department of State.    Go to our Consular Processing page for the next steps    

How much does it cost to apply for a green card?

TitleUSCIS FeeBiometrics Fee
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusA biometric services fee is required from applicants 14 – 78 years of age.$1,14085
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusIf under 14 years of age and Filing with the Form I-485 of at least one parent;$750N/A
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusIf under 14 years of age and NOT filing with the Form I-485 of at least one parent.$1,140N/A
Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust StatusIf filing for adjustment as a refugee under INA section 209(a) No FeeN/A

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DIRECT FILING ADDRESSES FOR FORM I-130
DOCUMENTS CHECK LIST GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FORM I-131
FAMILY-BASED APPLICANTS ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS 
I-485 WITH GRANTED ASYLUM/REFUGEE STATUS ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS
GREEN CARD FOR FAMILY PREFERENCE IMMIGRANTS
GREEN CARD FOR IMMEDIATE RELATIVES OF U.S. CITIZEN
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If you already submitted a Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and your case is pending with USCIS, go to USCIS While Your Green Card Application Is Pending with USCIS page for more information on checking your case status, updating your address, and making appointments with USCIS.

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Check your Eligibility, Register, Begin your Forms, Sign & Pay when you’re Ready.

Our innovative online system allows you to figure out exactly which case or immigration benefit you

are likely eligible for, just by answering a few simple questions. After that, our system will allow you to register in our online client portal for free; with the assigned case you’re likely eligible for. You’ll be able to begin working on your case for free, by filling out our easy to understand forms (that become official USCIS forms) automatically, with our software. If you like our system and want to retain us for our Attorney Application Review service, you will be able to sign our representation agreement electronically and make your first payment.

Schedule and have your Initial Consultation with your Attorney

After you have made the minimum payment, you will be prompted to schedule your initial

consultation with your attorney. Your attorney will then contact you on the date and at the time you select. During the Consultation, your attorney will verify that you are indeed eligible for the case our software assigned, and that it is the best option for you. They will then instruct you on how to properly continue to fill out your assigned Immigration Forms, and about any required or recommended supporting documentation for your case type. Your attorney will also seek to address any questions or concerns you may have, about your individual process and petition

Finish completing your Forms, your Attorney Checks your Petition, and you Submit

You will use our innovative software system to continue to fill out the necessary forms for

your case, and any supporting documentation. Then when you have completed everything, your attorney will check your USCIS forms for accuracy, completeness, adherence to USCIS standards and procedures, and any possible ineligibility/inadmissibility grounds that might come up. Your attorney will tell you how best to address any problems with your petition that they observe, and then you will make the necessary and/or recommended changes. If you elected for the add-on service of having your attorney check your supporting documentation, they will also give you feedback on that. Once you have made the proper changes, you will print your petition, sign where indicated, and then send it off to USCIS in the pre-addressed and pre-paid envelope, we provide. From there, you’ll only have to make sure to respond to any ensuing correspondence or requests from USCIS, should there be any.
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Check your Eligibility, Register, Sign (or Schedule a Consultation First).

Begin by answering one of our online Eligibility Quizzes. If all goes well, our software will tentatively

assign you a case. You will then be able to register, create your profile, and request an individualized price quote for your case–all for free. We will get back to you with an individualized price quote shortly. You can then sign our electronic retainer at the quoted price (subject to certain reservations). Or, if you prefer, you can schedule and pay for a consultation, before signing. If you choose to make us your attorneys by signing right away; you will use our secure online system to make your first payment, and then you will still be prompted to schedule a consultation. To ethically and most effectively serve you, our Full Attorney Representation Service always begins with a consultation.

Have your Initial Consultation with your Attorney and let them get to work.

Your attorney will contact you as scheduled, for your consultation. They will verify your eligibility for

the case our software pre-selected, and make sure it is actually the best option for you. Your attorney will detail the steps for handling your specific immigration matter, and render you any necessary and pertinent legal advice. Addressing your questions, and requesting any documents and information that you’ll need you to provide (such as birth certificates), will also be priorities of the consultation. If you did not already retain Zontlaw formally, your attorney will send you a price quote (with the $150 dollar consultation fee deducted from the cost of your representation); after the consultation. You can then formally sign and retain us as your attorneys. After you make your first payment, your attorney will proceed to the next step. If you have already retained us, you’ll make your first payment if you haven’t already (the one after the $150 minimum), and your attorney will automatically proceed to the next step.

Your Attorney Compiles your Case, you Sign, and your Attorney Submits.

Your attorney prepares all necessary USCIS forms and any supporting materials in their power. If

there is supporting documentation that only you as the client have access to (ex: former employer letters), they will tell you exactly what you need to do and provide you with samples, so you can get the correct documentation. Once everything is ready, your attorney will compile your case into a professional legal petition, with a cover letter and a table of contents that will please USCIS and/or the other immigration authorities. They will check everything again, and send it to you to print and sign, via our secure online system. You will print and sign your completed case, and mail it to us in the envelope we provide. Your attorney will verify that you signed in the correct places, and they will send it off to the correct USCIS Dropbox, processing center, or other authority. It is possible that USCIS or other immigration authorities may request additional documentation/clarification regarding your petition. Your attorney will handle any such requests, communicating with you as required.
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With more than a decade in the field, Julia Greenberg has earned a reputation as a highly successful immigration attorney. Since 2006, she has represented countless corporate and individual clients in complex matters ranging from removal (deportation) to asylum, family, business and investor’s petitions, and employment-based cases.

Authorized to practice in immigrant courts throughout the United States, Ms. Greenberg may also appear before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern districts of New York, and the New York Supreme Court. Ms. Greenberg takes pride in helping clients who have been unable to get satisfactory results elsewhere. Her honesty and compassion, combined with her expertise and vast knowledge of immigration law make her a formidable opponent in court – resulting in a long list of satisfied clients and positive referrals.

Outside of court, Ms. Greenberg often addresses Congress regarding relevant legislation. She also devotes her spare time to making presentations at local events, where she answers questions for New York’s immigrant community.Ms. Greenberg is a member of the New York City Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she is a member in good standing in its New York Chapter. Ms. Greenberg is also fluent in Russian.

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