E-2 to EB-5: The Journey from Visa to Green Card

If you’re interested in immigrating to the United States, you’ve likely considered a variety of different paths to earn your green card. Those entering the country by way of investment into American businesses often choose to start with an E-2 visa and then transition to an EB-5 visa, which allows them to apply for a green card. However, this can be a complicated process, and it’s important to know what requirements you’ll need to meet every step of the way.

As you start your journey to United States residency or citizenship, Garmo Group is here to help. Give us a call at 619-441-2500 to schedule a consultation now.

Differences Between the E-2 and the EB-5

Whether you already have an E-2 visa or you’re just starting to explore this option, knowing the differences between the E-2 and EB-5 can help you better understand the advantages of this pathway. The primary difference, and the one that drives many people to choose the E-2 over the EB-5, is the timing.

The E-2 is often processed very quickly, within two or three months. This is because there is no quota. The EB-5 has limitations on how many people can come from each country, and a result, the wait time is extremely long for some countries. As an example, the backlog is close to ten years for those coming from China.

The E-2 has more flexible requirements than the EB-5. While the EB-5 requires at least $900,000 (and up to $1,800,000, depending on where you invest), the E-2 visa simply requires a substantial investment. There is no set amount.

The E-2 is only available to those in countries that have investment treaties with the United States, while the EB-5 is open to people in any country.

Ramping Up Your Investments

If you have an E-2 visa and you want to make the switch to an EB-5 visa, you’ll need to start by ramping up your investments to meet the EB-5 requirements. Per USCIS, the amount you need to invest depends largely on where you invest.

Those who filed prior to November 21, 2019, could be approved with an investment of as little as $500,000. Those filing after that date must invest either $900,000 or $1,800,000. To invest $900,000, an applicant must run a business in a rural area or an area with high unemployment. Those outside these areas must invest $1,800,000. You may choose to start transitioning to an EB-5 once you have met this minimum. The funds initially invested for your E-2 visa count toward your EB-5 requirements.

Meeting Job Creation Requirements

To qualify for an EB-5 visa, you will also need to meet specific job creation requirements set by USCIS. You must invest enough to create full-time positions for 10 qualifying employees. This means positions require at least 35 hours per week. If your investment is in a troubled business, you may meet this requirement through job maintenance.

The Source of Funds Requirement

For both the E-2 and EB-5 visas, you’ll need to prove that your investment comes from a legitimate source. Documenting the source of every dollar you invest may well be one of the most time-consuming parts of your application. However, this takes much more time with an EB-5 visa, due to the amount being invested. If some of your money was a gift, you’ll need to do additional documentation to show that the person who gave you the funds received them in a legitimate way. As a result, be ready to provide tax returns or bank statements for the people who gave you funds for your investment.

Set Up a Consultation with Garmo Group Now

Working with a trusted immigration attorney is a crucial part of switching from an E-2 visa to an EB-5 visa, especially when millions of dollars are potentially at stake. The team at Garmo Group has extensive experience in these types of cases, making them an obvious choice for your legal needs. Set up a meeting now by calling our team at 619-441-2500 or getting in touch online.

The Impact on EB-5 Visas from Biden’s Proposed Immigration Revamp

President Biden recently sent his sweeping immigration reform bill to Congress for approval. Dubbed the US Citizenship Act of 2021, the bill proposes several major changes to the immigration system in an effort to streamline and better manage the process. If the bill becomes law, it will be beneficial to the EB-5 investor program in a number of ways.

Over the past few decades, the EB-5 visa program has become an increasingly popular way for foreign nationals to obtain legal permanent resident (LPR) status (for themselves and their spouses and children) by investing a substantial amount of money in a US-based business or development project. The required investment amount ranges from $900,000 to $1.8 million depending on the location of the business, and the investment must create a minimum of 10 jobs for American workers.

The EB-5 investor visa program provides a great way for entrepreneurs from other countries to immigrate to the United States without any prior family or work connections. And for families who are looking to educate their children in the US, there are admission advantages and reduced tuition opportunities available through the program as well.

The EB-5 program was created in 1990. And it is worth noting that President Biden (then Senator Biden) was one of more than 80 senators to vote in favor of the original legislation.

How Will the EB-5 Investor Program Change Under President Biden?

Although there are many advantages to the EB-5 visa program, it is not without its drawbacks. One major challenge for those who want to utilize the program is the long processing times, in many cases several years because of the annual limits on the number of applications that are processed.

Although the US Citizenship Act of 2021 does not address the EB-5 program specifically, it implements several changes that would be favorable to the program and help significantly shorten the time it takes for EB-5 visas to be processed. Changes in the bill that may impact EB-5 investor visas include:

  • Clearing employment-based visa backlogs.
  • Recapturing unused visa times.
  • Getting rid of country-based visa caps.
  • Eliminating the inclusion of spouses and children in visa quotas.

The two changes that will help the EB-5 program the most are the clearing of visa backlogs and doing away with including spouses and children in annual visa quotas.

Under the present immigration system, investors from some countries have to wait an estimated 10 to 15 years for their priority date to become current. This has forced them to explore alternate ways to invest in a US business endeavor while they wait for their EB-5 visa to process, such as obtaining a tourist visa or an E2 visa for the meantime. Clearing these backlogs will make the process much smoother and easier for these applicants.

Currently, spouses and children are included in the annual number of EB-5 visas that are allowed to be processed. This means that instead of issuing 10,000 visas each year to investors, only about 3,000 to 3,500 investors are able to take advantage of the program because their family members have to be counted as well.

Eliminating the inclusion of spouses and children could potentially triple the annual number of businesses being invested in under the program. This would not only be great for applicants, it will also provide a much-needed boost to the US economy.

Some Troubled Waters Ahead for the EB-5 Program?

While President Biden’s US Citizenship Act of 2021 will make several positive changes to the EB-5 investor program, the bill is a long way from becoming law, and the program itself faces a more immediate danger. The EB-5 program is set to expire on June 30, 2021 if the program is not reauthorized. If this were to happen, it would thrust the fate of thousands of foreign investors and their investment projects into limbo.

Although nothing is guaranteed, there is a pretty good chance that the EB-5 program will be reauthorized, but not without some significant changes. A piece of legislation called the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2021 has been introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that aims to increase the efficiency of the program and implement strict measures to combat fraud. This legislation is sure to be the subject of intense debate over the next few months, and numerous changes are likely to be made before a final bill is passed into law.

E-2 vs. EB-5 Investor Visas

One of the biggest differences separating the E-2 and EB-5 is how they help you get to the United States. The E-2 is a visa, while the EB-5 leads to a green card after two years. However, even with this key difference, they are still fairly similar. Although the E-2 is a visa, it lasts for five years and can be renewed for five years at a time as long as you meet the qualifications. If you want to pursue citizenship eventually, the EB-5 may be a better option. If you are approved for an E-2, you may be able to switch to an EB-5 down the road.

Processing Time Differences

This is perhaps one of the most important and obvious differences separating the E-2 and EB-5. If you want an E-2, you could be on your way to the United States fairly quickly. The processing time is often only a few months.

On the other hand, the EB-5 could take years. The E-2 does not have a quota, which allows for a faster processing time. The EB-5 program does have a quota of 10,000 EB-5 visas per year, and no country can make up more than 7% of the total awarded visas in a year. In some countries, the wait for an EB-5 visa is up to ten years.

The Nationality of the Investor

The EB-5 visa is currently available to investors of all nationalities. However, those who receive an E-2 visa must be from a country with whom the United States has an investment treaty. This excludes those from certain countries, such as China, unless they first obtain citizenship in a treaty country.

Job Creation Requirements

Those who go the E-2 route will need to create U.S. employment opportunities, but only in line with the needs of their business. This means that you don’t have to create a certain number of jobs or do so within a certain timeframe, so there is a bit more freedom in your hiring plans.

The EB-5 program has a much more rigid approach to job creation goals. An EB-5 investor is required to create at least 10 permanent full-time jobs beyond the role of the investor. If you invest directly, you must create jobs at the business where your capital is invested. Regional investors can directly or indirectly create jobs. Jobs must be created no later than one year after filing Form I-829.

Dependents’ Status

This is an important factor if you have a spouse and children that you’d like to bring to the United States with you. If you get an EB-5 visa, your spouse and children younger than 21 can come to the USA with you. For those who have an E-2 visa, their spouse and children can also get an E-2 visa. Upon reaching the age of 21, they have to either leave the country or get a different type of visa.

Your Role in the Business

If you have strong feelings about either having a hands-off or more involved role in your investment, this is a crucial difference between the E-2 and EB-5. With an E-2 visa, you must work at the business where you get your visa. You can work as a manager, executive, or essential employee. On the other hand, those with an EB-5 visa can work, go to school, retire, or otherwise spend their time as they choose. They simply have to be a director or limited partner.

Contact the Garmo Group for Assistance with EB-5 and Other Business and Employment Visas

With the EB-5 visa program in a state of flux, foreign investors need to work with experienced immigration attorneys who are on top of all of the changes and have the proven ability to develop creative solutions to overcome even the most complex challenges. The Garmo Group is ready to go to work for you to help accomplish your immigration goals.

To get started, call our office today at 619-441-2500 or message us online for a free initial consultation. And be sure to check back with us for frequent updates on the upcoming changes to immigration law.

Immigration Changes in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration

A transition to a new administration means significant changes for everyone, but few people are as impacted as much by a new president as immigrants and those who are aspiring to immigrate to the US. Immigration is a hotly debated topic in national politics, and for immigrants and their loved ones, a new president can mean increased risks or a relaxing of some laws and guidelines. 

With President Biden enacting numerous immigration changes, it is important to know your rights and plan for your future. Set up a consultation now by calling Garmo Group at 619-441-2500.

End of the Travel Ban

President Joe Biden issued an executive order that officially ends the controversial travel ban on non-citizens from 13 countries including, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Belarus, Yemen, Venezuela, North Korea, Eritrea, Burma, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

End of the National Emergency at the Border

Former President Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, allowing him to continue border wall construction without approval from Congress. President Biden has ended the state of emergency and, as a result, work on the border wall has paused.

Protections for Dreamers

In December 2020, a United States District Court ordered that USCIS resume accepting first time requests for consideration under DACA based on the terms of the original policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017. They will continue to accept renewal and advance parole requests as well as extend one-year grants of deferred action and work authorization to two years. President Biden has further issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to preserved and strengthen the program, consistent with applicable law, perhaps through legislative action (more on this later).

New Immigration Bill

A new immigration bill has been introduced in Congress and sponsored by Representative Linda Sanchez and Senator Robert Menendez. The bill is in its early stages, so the terms in it are likely to change throughout debate and negotiations. Currently, the bill contains the following provisions:

  • The Bill reforms the family-based immigration system by clearing backlogs, recapturing unused visas, eliminating lengthy wait times, and increasing per-country visa caps, also allowing immigrants with approved family petitions to join family on temporary basis while they wait for the green cards to become available. 
  • A path to citizenship for undocumented individuals, including Dreamers, farm workers who qualify for green cards, TPS recipients, and others who qualify.
  • It creates a new definition of spouse to include permanent partners. It also seeks to extend automatic citizenship to children with at least one U.S. parent, regardless of their biological relationship to that parent. 
  • It clears the employment-based immigrant visa backlog and alleviates lengthy wait times for individuals by eliminating employment-based per country limits.
  • Strengthens protections for victims, such as the U visa, T visa, VAWA, and asylum applications.
  • Programs to protect undocumented workers from exploitation.
  • Plans to address causes of migration from Central America.
  • Exempt students qualified to pursue a full course of study at a U.S. institution of higher education from demonstrating non-immigrant intent.

While there is a lot of work yet to be done, the first 100 days of a presidential administration can tell you a lot about their priorities and the tone you can expect for the rest of the term. If you are an immigrant wondering what this means for you, we can help.

Reach Out to Garmo Group for Help with Your Immigration Case

Understanding changes in immigration can be confusing, especially with the complexities of immigration reform. We can help you figure out how these changes may affect your case. To get started, call us at 619-441-2500 or contact us online.

Top Reasons K-1 Visa Applications Are Denied

The K-1/fiancée visa has helped many people be reunited with their partners and enjoy life as a couple in the United States. However, this visa program has been subject to suspicion of fraud over the years. As a result, there are many K-1 cases that are denied every year. Knowing this ahead of time can help you and your loved one present the strongest possible case for entry into the US.

Struggling with your immigration application? We can help. Call Garmo Group at 619-441-2500 to schedule a consultation now.

No Proof of Intent to Marry

The couple must marry within 90 days for the K-1/fiancée visa to be valid. If there doesn’t appear to be any intention of marrying each other in the appropriate timeframe, the application may be denied. This is why it’s important to provide evidence of wedding plans, purchases, and other details.

Not Enough Proof of Relationship

Since this visa has been known to be used fraudulently, immigration officers take an in-depth look at K-1 applicants’ relationships. They are looking for anything that might show the relationship is not real.

To prove that your relationship is legitimate and that both of you entered it in good faith, submit as many different pieces of evidence as you can. You might want to show proof of living together, photographs together, mementos from time spent together, records of communication, and information on trips taken together. Anything that any other couple would have as proof of their relationship should be included in your application.

The Applicant Was Previously Petitioned for a K-1 Visa by Someone Else

This particular reason is a big red flag to immigration officers. When a K-1 application comes in, they look carefully through the applicant’s history. If they have previously filed for a K-1/fiancée visa before with someone else, that makes it far less likely that they will get approved. It makes it appear that the applicant is simply fishing for someone to bring them to the US, rather than coming because of a legitimate relationship. When an applicant’s intentions are called into question, proof of a strong and valid relationship is even more important.

The Petitioner’s Income is Too Low

K-1 recipients cannot work immediately upon entering the United States. It takes some time for them to get their work visa. As a result, the petitioner must have enough income and assets to support both parties. A petitioner must make at least 125% of the federal poverty guidelines to have their loved one approved for a K-1/fiancée visa. There are certain exceptions, including those who have joint sponsors and those who are in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Beneficiary is Inadmissible

The applicant could be inadmissible to the United States. Immigration officials are very careful about who they allow into the country. One common reason that applicants may be inadmissible is a criminal record. Crimes of moral turpitude are enough to keep an applicant from entering the United States. A communicable disease, such as gonorrhea, leprosy, TB, or syphilis, would also bar an applicant from entering the country.

Couple Has Not Met in the Last Two Years

The couple must have met physically in the last two years to qualify for a K-1/fiancée visa. It is not enough to have video chatted, talked on the phone, and otherwise built a relationship.

The Petitioner is Not a Citizen

There are cases in which a United States permanent resident has tried to bring over someone on a K-1 application. However, permanent residents are not allowed to obtain a fiancée visa. They can, however, file a petition for immigration of their spouse after getting married. Another hiccup is permanent residents who have passed the naturalization test but have not yet been sworn in. They, too, cannot initiate a petition for a K-1/fiancée visa. They must wait until they have been sworn in as a citizen.

Turn to Garmo Group for Help with Your Immigration Case

We know that every day apart from your partner feels longer than the last. With the help of a skilled immigration attorney, you can submit a strong K-1/fiancée visa application and try to bring your partner home. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at 619-441-2500 or reach out online. We look forward to learning more about your situation.

How Will a Criminal Offense Impact My LPR Status?

Once you become a legal permanent resident, you have to maintain that status by continuously residing in the U.S. for five years and avoiding extended travel. However, there are other ways you can endanger your legal status, including criminal activity. Some crimes could lead to the loss of your legal permanent resident status.

Are you facing criminal charges? Let us help. Call Garmo Group at 619-441-2500 to learn more about your options now.

Moral Turpitude

Some crimes do not lead to deportation. Much depends on whether or not your crime is one of “moral turpitude.” Immigration law does not define “crimes of moral turpitude” explicitly, but most courts consider larceny, fraud, and the intention to harm other people as crimes of moral turpitude. This includes crimes like theft, assault, domestic violence, and aggravated DUI charges.

Again, whether or not a crime is one of moral turpitude is left up to the court. That’s why it’s important to treat any criminal charge as one that could threaten your immigration and plan accordingly.

Under immigration law, some crimes are explicitly not classified as crimes of moral turpitude. The petty offense exception applies to crimes for which the penalty cannot be more than one year of incarceration and for which the individual serves less than six months.

If you have been charged with a crime of moral turpitude, what happens next? If you are convicted within the first five years of your admission to the United States, you could face deportation. If you are convicted of two crimes of moral turpitude that did not occur in the same incident, you could be deported at any time.

Crimes That May Lead to Deportation

Federal laws lay out some crimes that do put violators in the class of “deportable aliens.” These crimes include:

  • Aggravated felonies
  • High speed flight from an immigration checkpoint
  • Failure to register as a sex offender
  • Certain drug crimes
  • Certain firearm offenses
  • Crimes against children
  • Domestic violence and stalking
  • Terrorist activities
  • Torture or extrajudicial killing

The list is quite lengthy, which is why you must discuss your criminal charges with an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. Discuss your options with an attorney with extensive knowledge in criminal defense and knowledge in the relationship between immigration status and criminal convictions.

Post-Conviction Relief

Some forms of relief can help those convicted of crimes seek employment, go back to school, and otherwise get their lives back on track. However, these types of relief do not typically apply to immigration cases. Even if a sentence is modified, it is likely that U.S. immigration will ignore it and proceed with deportation.

Waivers are occasionally available for crimes of moral turpitude. The 212(h) waiver is only available to those who are not considered a threat to national security and you must have been in the U.S. for at least seven years prior to your deportation case. This waiver is not available to those who have been convicted of an aggravated felony. You can also seek a waiver if your deportation would cause extreme hardship to your LPR or U.S. citizen spouse, parents, or children.

There are few forms of relief available for those convicted of an aggravated felony. U.S. immigration is very strict on this matter, and people are generally only allowed to stay if they can prove that they will likely be tortured in their native country. Furthermore, you will not be allowed to return to the U.S. after deportation.

Knowing Your Options

A serious crime can lead to your deportation, so you must take this matter seriously and handle it promptly. Reach out to an aggressive immigration attorney who understands what is at stake and will explore every possible way to get your charges dismissed or reduced in a way that will not lead to deportation. The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the less time they have to protect you from deportation and other consequences of criminal charges.

Turn to Garmo Group Today

If you are facing criminal charges in Southern California and you are concerned about your immigration status, let the team at Garmo Group help. Contact us online or call our La Mesa office today at 619-441-2500 to schedule a consultation now.

DHS confirms compliance with Judge Garaufis’ Order regarding DACA

As of December 7, 2020, USCIS is accepting first time DACA applicants based on the terms of the original DACA policy that was in place prior to September 5, 2017. They will also be accepting renewals and applications for advance parole. Furthermore, extensions will given to those who were granted one year grants of deferred action and employment authorization. They will now have two years. However, DHS notes that they may seek relief from the order. For more information see the full notice from DHS here -> DACA update


How to Prepare for a Marriage Green Card Interview

Securing a green card is a big step in the immigration process. If you or your spouse are applying for permanent residency, it is likely that this step brings a huge sigh of relief with it. However, there is still one major barrier to overcome – the marriage green card interview.

While the immigration process can be stressful, you do not have to do it alone. Contact Garmo Group at 619-441-2500 to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal needs.

Make Sure You Have the Necessary Paperwork

Any paperwork you have that proves the legitimacy of your marriage is advantageous in this process. Furthermore, you should bring all of the original documentation that you submitted for your initial application. This includes birth certificates, your marriage certificate, passports, documentation of previous marriages, and court documents.

You should also bring any documents that you have compiled since you have been married. Bring birth certificates for any children you have had together, mortgage paperwork, joint tax returns, bank account statements, and insurance documents.

As far as documents that prove the legitimacy of your marriage, look for anything that you would use to show the nature of your marriage. You might bring photos of the two of you together, photos of you two with friends and family, letters you have written to each other, and social media posts. Also consider bringing phone records that show how frequently you call or text each other.

Clarify Important Dates

The most important part of preparing for an interview is making sure you and your spouse are on the same page. Although your marriage may be fully legitimate, you still might forget certain dates as time passes and memories start to fade. Ensure that both of you know the important dates for your relationship as they may come up during the interview. They may ask when you started dating, when you got engaged, your anniversary date, when you first started living together, and other important milestones in the relationship.

Make Sure You Can Talk Comfortably About Each Other’s Daily Lives

The goal of a green card marriage interview is to determine whether the marriage is real or if it is being used strictly for immigration purposes. For that reason, the interviewer may ask questions about your daily life that seem odd. They may ask about your morning routine, how your kids spend their time, which medications the other spouse takes, when and how you celebrate birthdays, and how chores are split.

These may seem like easy questions for to answer, but this might not always be the case. For example, if one of you manages the workload around the house and schedules all the appointments, the other spouse may not know much about the daily household operations. Talk about these topics and fill in any gaps in each other’s knowledge.

Refresh Information on Family and Friends

One key feature that interviewing officers might see as a sign of validity is the inclusion of family and friends. Fraudulent marriages rarely involve communication with friends and relatives, since neither individual actually plans on staying together for the long term. But even in legitimate marriages, a spouse may not spend too much time with the other spouse’s family and friends. Therefore, you might struggle to answer questions about them. Do a review of the important people in your life and the life of your spouse and be ready to answer basic questions about them.

Be Honest and Try to Relax

If your marriage is legitimate and you and your spouse genuinely love each other, that will come through in the interview as long as you are honest and don’t let nerves get the best of you.

This is particularly important if you get pulled for Stokes interviews. These are interviews in which the spouses are interviewed separately. If the interviewer asks a question you don’t know the answer to, tell them that. It’s better to say that you don’t know than to make up a fake answer.

Try to avoid looking at the interview as a judgment of your marriage. The interviewer isn’t trying to see if you have the perfect marriage. They simply want to know that you are legitimately married and not trying to circumvent the immigration system.

We’re Here to Help You Through the Immigration Process

Immigration requirements are overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through this process on your own. With a skilled attorney by your side, you can skip the errors that often hold up the immigration process and cause unnecessary delays. To learn more about how we can help, contact Garmo Group at 619-441-2500 or message us online.

Common Reasons Green Card Applications Are Denied

A green card denial can be devastating, whether you are applying because of your employment status or your family status. It can upend your dreams, set you back in achieving your goals, and leave you feeling helpless. If this has happened to you, don’t give up. You have options. Learn more about why green card applications might be denied, and to discuss your case in greater detail, contact Garmo Group at 619-441-2500 to schedule your consultation.

Criminal Background

If you have serious crimes on your criminal record, it is highly likely that your green card application will be denied. Your green card application could also be denied if it could be argued that you intend to come to the United States to commit crimes. Crimes of moral turpitude are the main offenses that make applicants inadmissible. If you indicate that you have committed one of these crimes, fail to provide a suitable explanation, don’t fall into the qualifying exceptions, provide evidence that you qualify for a waiver, then you may be found inadmissible.

Health Concerns

While the United States strives to strengthen the country and improve lives through immigration, it also must consider the public health of the nation. Because of this, you must undergo a medical exam with a qualified civil surgeon and have them fill out the necessary form to with your application. If you have a communicable disease that is of public health significance, do not have the proper vaccines or fail to provide the paperwork for them,  and do not qualify for a waiver or an exception, then you may be found inadmissible. Certain physical and mental disorders and behavior associated with said disorder that my pose or has posed a threat in the past, may also lead to inadmissibility.

Security Issues

The United States government takes national security very seriously. As such, certain activity that is seen as violating laws of the US in relation to national security will lead to possible inadmissibility. There are exceptions based on the type of application you are submitting, however, you need to be certain that you meet all the requirements to fall into the exceptions. Please note that there are very high standards to meet the qualifying exceptions.

Public Charge

Any applicant who, at the time the application is processed, is determined to likely become a public charge at any time will be considered inadmissible. Public charge essentially means that there is a chance in the future that you will be dependent on specific types of government assistance. There are many factors that will go into determining whether an applicant is considered a public charge, from age and health, to family status, and education. The type of application you file will determine how large a factor, public charge is when determining an outcome on your case. Certain applications qualify under special rules or exceptions when it comes to public charge, but that is on a case-by-case basis.

Previous Immigration Violations

Existing Immigration violations also put you at serious risk of being barred from any kind of immigration benefit. Overstaying a visa, not attending removal proceedings, violating a previous visa, re-entering after a removal or deportation order has been issued, or entering without inspection can all affect your chances of qualifying for lawful permanent residence. These issues can make an applicant inadmissible and make it extremely difficult for them to get any kind of status in the United States, including lawful permanent residence.

Failure to Provide Documents or Attend Appointments

The immigration process is long, complex, and restrictive. Proper documentation and forms need to be submitted at every step to increase an applicant’s chances of truly being considered for lawful permanent residence. Submitting incomplete forms, insufficient documentation, or failing to disclose vital information can end an applicant’s hopes of receiving a green card before they have even finished the application process. It is important to be well informed about your options, possible complications or issues that you may have before submitting the applications. Otherwise, the process can get longer and more complicated.

Find Out How Garmo Group Can Help

We know how important your goals of coming to the United States are, and we also know how difficult the immigration process can be. We are ready to help you navigate this process, so you can realize your dream of living in the US. To discuss your or your loved one’s immigration case, contact Garmo Group online or call us at 619-441-2500.