Immigration Application Schedule by FitzGerald & Company
Boston Immigration Attorney Desmond P. FitzGerald provides a chart that simplifies US residency and citizenship application eligibility timelines.
BOSTON, MA, November 6, 2013— If you are eligible to apply for any immigration benefit, experienced Boston Immigration Attorney Desmond P. FitzGerald urges immigrants to do so as soon as possible in order to have quicker access to the benefits of US residency and citizenship.
USCIS filing fees have been consistently increasing and there are steps one has to go through to become a U.S. resident or citizen involving wait times. “The earlier you start filing your applications, the sooner you and your family will reach the goal of U.S. citizenship and with it, the right to vote. With all the rhetoric surrounding immigration reform, which has yet to be materialized, the vote of immigrant US citizens is each day more valuable and important to achieve change in government and the law,” explains FitzGerald, Principal of the Boston immigration and criminal defense firm FitzGerald & Company, LLC.
In order to assist immigrants in identifying the earliest filing eligibility date for the next step in the path to citizenship for them and others in their family, the immigration lawyers from the Boston law firm FitzGerald & Company have prepared the following immigration application schedule chart as a guide.
- If you are under a non-immigrant visa status you may be eligible to apply for a green card/residency (see chart for earliest filing eligibility) – There are advantages of becoming a legal permanent resident, such as legally living, studying and working in the United States, being able to petition for residency for your spouse and unmarried children, under 21, and being able to travel in and out of the U.S.
- If you have been a legal permanent resident for 5 years (3 years if married to US citizen), you may be able to apply for citizenship – Being a citizen will grant you additional benefits, such as voting in government elections, being able to sponsor all immediate relatives for residency, obtaining a U.S. passport to travel, and remaining outside the U.S. for unlimited time.
- If you are a citizen you may want to apply for a green card/residency for eligible family members – See information about Residency and Citizenship and please forward to whomever you think may find this useful.
If you reside in the state of Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Rhode Island, and would like to obtain legal help with filing an immigration petition, please contact FitzGerald & Company at 617-303-2600 or visit:/contact/immigration
Read the immigration application schedule in Spanish / Lea el calendario de solicitudes de inmigración en español:/espanol/boletines/calendario-de-solicitudes-de-inmigracion-oct2013/
About Desmond P. FitzGerald:
Attorney Desmond P. FitzGerald is the Principal and Managing Director of FitzGerald & Company, LLC in Boston, MA. He is a criminal and immigration litigator and has successfully litigated hundreds of immigration cases in Federal court. He has more than 20 decisions published and many of them have created precedent. Attorney FitzGerald is admitted by the Bar to practice law in MA, NH, FL, and Washington D.C. and he is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). For more information visit: http://www.fitzgeraldlawcompany.com