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How do you get us permanent residency?

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | US Permanent Residency

To make Ohio your permanent home in the United States, you must understand the process of obtaining permanent residency.

The procedure can seem daunting, but it is achievable with the proper knowledge and preparation.


Start by reviewing the eligibility criteria for permanent residency. Requirements typically include:

  • Having a qualifying family relationship with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Having an employer sponsor
  • Seeking refugee status
  • Participating in specific humanitarian programs


Once you determine your eligibility, you must gather the necessary documentation to support your application. Paperwork may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, proof of financial support and other relevant records. Having organized and readily available documents will streamline the application process.

Next steps

The next phase is completing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. This form allows you to apply to be a permanent resident within the United States. Complete the form with accurate information.

After submitting your application, you will schedule a biometrics appointment. The purpose of this appointment is to collect your fingerprints, photograph and signature for identity verification purposes. Attend this appointment as expected to avoid delays in processing your application.

Depending on your specific situation, you may have an interview as part of the application process. During the interview, an immigration officer asks you questions to verify the information you gave on your application.


After completing the necessary steps, you wait for a decision on your application. The processing time depends on your unique situation. If the Office of Legal Affairs approves your application, you will receive a green card that grants permanent residency in the United States.

Obtaining permanent residency in Ohio is a significant milestone that requires careful preparation and adherence to the application process.