Austin Consular Processing Attorney
Bringing 30 Years of Experience to Your Immigration Case
If you or your family member is living outside the United States, you can
apply for an immigrant visa through the U.S. Department of State in order
to come to the U.S. and be admitted as a legal permanent resident or U.S.
citizen. This route is known as “consular processing” as it
is done through a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad. It is the process
for obtaining an immigrant visa to enter the U.S. as a legal permanent
resident or U.S. citizen.
If you are already in the United States, you might be eligible to apply
for a green card without having to travel back to your home country for
consular processing. This process is known as “adjustment of status.”
Although adjustment of status is the preferred process for immigrating
to the U.S., there are many situations in which consular processing is
the only available option under the law, so many will still have to leave
the U.S. to become a legal permanent resident or claim U.S. citizenship.
At Zavala Law, PLLC, we offer legal assistance in facilitating both of
the above processes. Our professional experience can give you the best
chance for avoiding denials, delays or other challenges.
Need help with consular processing for yourself or a family member?
Contact Zavala Law, PLLC online or at
(512) 488-3970 to arrange to speak with an attorney about your case.
The Consular Process
The first step in initiating the consular process abroad is to become eligible
through either a family-based or an employment-based approved petition
or through some other specialized immigrant visa category. The most common
of these are family-based immigration petitions where your family member
files the petition on your behalf with USCIS.
The Immigrant Visa
After your visa petition has been approved, you will need to wait for an
immigrant visa number to become available from the National Visa Center.
When your visa becomes available, the next step will involve preparing
for a consular interview that you must attend with a consular official.
In the interview, you will be required to answer questions and have your
documentation verified. Once this takes place, the consular office will
process your documentation for a determination. If your immigrant visa
is granted, you will be provided with visa documentation and instructions.
Arriving in the U.S.
Upon arriving in the U.S., the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will
take your visa packet at your port of entry. You will undergo an inspection
to determine if you can be admitted as a lawful permanent resident. If
you are admitted, you will have gained lawful permanent residency status
which allows you live and work here on a permanent basis. Your green card
will then arrive in the mail after you have entered and assumed residence here.
Learn more about how Zavala Law, PLLC can assist you with your case by
calling our number
(512) 488-3970 today.