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Lawful Permanent Resident Status: An FAQ For Beginners

immigration lawyersApproximately 43.3 million foreign-born people live in the United States. More than 60% of immigrants in the United States today have lived here for at least 15 years, and the majority have obtained LPR (Lawful Permanent Resident) status. Also known as green card holders, achieving LPR status entitles immigrants to a number of benefits. Before you start taking the steps required to obtain LPR status, it’s important to understand these benefits and the overall process. Here’s a quick FAQ to help you understand the basics regarding LPR status.

What benefits do immigrants get from acquiring LPR status?

In addition to being considered ‘legal’ residents, those who acquire LPR status gain a number of financial and equity-based advantages. Those who have LPR status can legally accept a job offer without any addition restrictions. They can also own property legally, they’re eligible to gain financial assistance at public universities and colleges, and they can join the Armed Forces.

How do I get LPR status?

Overall, the immigrant population in 2016 was older than the U.S.-born population. The median age of immigrants was 44.4 years, compared to 36.1 years for the native born. But regardless of your age, getting LPR status requires you to take a number of legal steps. First, you’ll have to find the correct broad class of admission, as legally required for foreign nationals.

“The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides several broad classes of admission for foreign nationals to gain LPR status, the largest of which focuses on admitting immigrants for the purpose of family reunification. Other major categories include economic and humanitarian immigrants,” writes the Department of Homeland Security.

Who can I contact for help gaining LPR status?

The number of foreign-born individuals in the U.S. population has more than quadrupled since 1965 and is expected to reach 78 million by 2065. While knowing the facts about LPR status is helpful, it’s also essential to work with immigration lawyers and find a team that meets your needs. If you want to work with the best immigration lawyers in Las Vegas, contact Reeves Immigration Law Group today.