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  • Fort Walton Beach Office


    362 Beal Parkway, NW
    Suite 103
    Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

  • Enterprise Office


    210 East Grubbs Street,
    Suite 210
    Enterprise, Alabama 36330

  • Pensacola Office


    101 East Government Street,
    Pensacola, Florida 32504

Immigration Attorney Helps You Establish Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) in Fort Walton Beach, Panama City and Pensacola, Florida

Assistance with green card eligibility throughout the southeastern United States

Most visas that allow a foreign national to visit the United States, study at a university, work or stay in the U.S. legally are temporary in nature.  These visas are known as nonimmigrant visas, or NIV visas.  They are issued with the understanding that recipients will return to their country of origin when their permission to remain in the U.S. expires. But a green card is a permanent visa; it forms the legal basis for remaining in the United States to live and work without restrictions, and it is the first step toward full citizenship. For more than 16 years, the dedicated attorney and his team of Southern Star Immigration have assisted hopeful immigrants in obtaining lawful permanent residence (LPR) status for themselves and their family members.

Exploring the possible avenues for obtaining a green card

An individual may petition for a green card in one of several ways.  The most common include:

  • Close family relationship, including marriage to a citizen or green card holder. Family immigration is the most common way to obtain LPR status.
  • An offer of permanent employment from an employer in the United States
  • A significant investment in an American business
  • Winning the diversity visa lottery
  • Proving a case for asylum
  • Self-petitioning as a battered spouse under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

Southern Star Immigration attorney and his team examine the facts of your situation, help you choose the path that makes the most sense for you, and provide the diligent representation to guide your toward success.

Maintaining your green card once you get it

Although a green card denotes permanent residency, you can lose that status in several ways:

  • Abandonment — If you move to another country, you must be careful not to give the impression that you intend to live there permanently. If you spend too much time abroad, and especially if you fail to file a federal income tax return, authorities may assume you've abandoned your permanent residency, and reentry into the United States could be very difficult.
  • Renunciation — If you no longer want to hold LPR status, you can notify the U.S. government and give up your residency. If you do this, however, you may have to re-qualify from the beginning if you wish to become an LPR again in the future.

As long as you take your responsibilities as an LPR seriously, you should have no problem progressing toward naturalization. But should you encounter any difficulty along the way, your hometown immigration attorney and his team at Southern Star Immigration are here to help.

Get reliable green card advice from experienced immigration attorney and his team

Southern Star Immigration provides quality legal representation for individuals seeking green cards for themselves or their family members in Panama City, Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola, Florida and a host of other cities across the region. For reliable, respectful service, contact Southern Star Immigration by calling [ln::phone] or contacting our office online.