Green or No? Factors That May Affect Your Green Card Application

Applying for a Green Card or Permanent Resident Card in the U.S. is a long and confusing process. Many immigrants, however, still work hard for it because of the many benefits the citizenship can offer. Other than filing forms and attending interviews successfully, there are still factors to take care of to ensure citizenship. Below are four of them:

Tax Issues

An applicant who owes taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a great risk of getting their application denied. However, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can give you a chance if you can show that you’re making an effort to resolve such issues. To prevent this, it is advisable to contact the IRS and work to resolve any tax issues that may affect your application.

Public Charge

If an applicant is likely to become a dependent of the U.S. government in terms of long-term care and/or financial support, their application may receive a refusal. Buhlerlawoffice.com and other green card attorneys say that the USCIS determines a public charge by considering the person’s age, health, family status, assets, education, and skills. If an applicant has an affidavit of support, the USCIS will not consider the person a public charge.

Selective Service

Male U.S. citizens and immigrants aged 18 to 25 are required to register with the Selective Service, “an independent US agency that maintains information on people potentially subject to military conscription.” Failure to register and fulfill requirements may harm a person’s Green Card application. Male applicants can resubmit but only after completing a Request for Status Information Letter.

Criminal Record

Applicants convicted of a crime, such as murder, drug trafficking, money laundering, and felony, are ineligible for citizenship. Following this is an investigation of your existing residency, which the local government and USCIS will administer. One is required to answer questions truthfully to be able to redeem his or her citizenship.

If you are facing any of the above mentioned issues, it is ideal to seek the help of a legal professional to ensure the status of your American citizenship.