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Specific categories could impact journey to permanent residency

Though many people enter the country on visas, if they want to legally remain, many steps need taking. In particular, people from other countries often want to obtain permanent residency in the United States by gaining a green card. There are several eligibility categories through which individuals in California and across the country could apply for a green card.

One category involves working toward obtaining a green card through family connections. If a person has an immediate relative -- such as a spouse or a child who is 21 years old or older -- who is a U.S. citizen, that person could apply for a green card through family. This category also includes individuals who have a fiance who is a U.S. citizen and those who are a widow or widower of a citizen.

Another category that individuals could use to work toward obtaining legal permanent residency involves being victims of abuse. If an individual has been abused by a citizen who is his or her spouse, parent or adult child, it is possible to qualify for this category. If an abused child has special immigrant juvenile status, he or she may also fall into this category.

These are only two of several categories involved in applying for green cards. Depending on which category a person falls into, they may need to take specific steps in the process of working toward legal permanent residency. Fortunately, individuals in California can speak with experienced attorneys who could help them determine what category they may fit into and what steps they need to take, and provide other important information involved with this complex process.

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