Donald Trump as President scares many people, especially illegal immigrants. What does this mean for these people? Will he have a mass deportation squad? His plan is to deport 11 million illegal immigrants and increase border security officials by 10,000. There are 2.4 million illegal immigrants in California, that means you likely could be deported. If you are an illegal immigrant now, waste no time and get your green card or visa as fast as possible. It takes 45-180 days to get a green card. USCIS a government department that is in charge of deporting illegal immigrants, they could deport while you are in the process of getting a green card or visa. While you are in the process of getting a green card know your rights, just because you are an illegal immigrant, doesn’t mean that you don’t have all the rights a citizen has.
What is the Process of getting a Green Card
You might be confused on how you can apply for a green card or visa. I will explain the process so it can make the process as expedient as possible. First see if you are eligible for a green card. You can see if you are eligible at the website https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/green-card-processes-and-procedures/green-card-eligibility. There are five different categories that you could fall under. Family based, Job or employment based, based on Refugee or Asylum Status, immigrant petition, and visa availability. Then there is adjustment of status, there are multiple steps for this procedure. First determine your basis to immigrate, then file the immigrant petition. After that check your visa availability. Next file form I-485, application to register permanent residency or adjust status. Then go to your application support center appointment for them to get your fingerprints. Then go to your interview if that is applicable to you. Finally you will receive the final decision in the mail.
What You Should Expect in an Interview and What to Bring
First of all the interview will last around 20 minutes. They will go over your application forms and ask you questions to see if you are really who you are. They will also see if you are qualified by looking at your education level, criminal activity, job status, and one of the five categories you fall under. What should you bring? Well, you should bring a copy of your visa petition and your adjustment of status application. Also bring your passport and original documents that you submitted to the USCIS. Bring doctor’s reports that show all of your medical information. If applying for a work based visa bring an updated letter from your employer showing your salary and a document which shows you continuing working with this employer. if you are applying for a marriage based green card, bring copies plus original documentation of your shared life with your partner, which includes bank statements, joint bank accounts, your mortgage, and children’s birth certificates(if applicable).
As each day goes by it gets closer and closer to Trumps presidency. I encourage you to be proactive and apply for a green card as quick as possible. These steps can be confusing and could discourage you from getting your green card. If that is the case, get an immigration attorney. Immigration attorneys will advocate for you during the process green card and help you through each step. Immigration attorneys will not help you cheat the system to get you a green card but they can make the difference in you getting a green card.