Receiving a “green card” means an immigrant gains lawful permanent resident status in the United States. That person now attains many benefits, such as the enhanced ability to seek and find employment. A lawful permanent resident also finds him or herself on the path to U.S. citizenship, if desired. An applicant for a green card in Illinois has to wait until all necessary paperwork undergoes processing. Afterward, the applicant receives a notification in the mail. Sometimes, the notification raises questions.
Contact immigration services
Anyone wishing to contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) customer service number can do so. A representative may be able to answer questions via the phone. Some may choose to send written correspondence. Whether calling or writing, it may be helpful to request an attorney perform the duties. A knowledgeable immigration attorney may be better able to ask questions and interpret the response. And what questions might arise?
For one, the card or “welcome notice” might not arrive. Lack of receipt doesn’t mean the LPR application received a denial. Mail does become lost or arrives very late.
Options do exist for someone who doesn’t receive a card within 30 days. A stamp on a passport could indicate LPR status. The issuance of a temporary status document may also be helpful. People seeking an unrestricted social security card or have intentions to travel out of the country likely need the necessary proof of status.
Errors may appear on the notification or the LPR card
What happens when the correspondence indicates a denial of sought after LPR status? An appeals process exists where the denied applicant can seek reconsideration. Appealing a denial might benefit from an attorney who handles immigration law cases.