Immigration is one of the things that makes the United States so special. This is a country of immigrants from all over the world.

As someone who is looking to come to or stay in the United States permanently as an immigrant, it’s important that you have the right information. Immigration laws can change suddenly and quickly, so working with your attorney is a good idea.

If you’re waiting for a green card and permanent residency, you may be wondering how long it will take. There are some basic processing dates and times available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. According to the USCIS, if you came to the U.S. with an immigrant visa and paid the fee before you entered the country, then you may get your permanent resident card within 120 days from the day you arrived in the USA.

If you waited to pay the fee until after you arrived, then you may need to wait up to 120 days from the date that the payment was made.

In the case that you haven’t paid yet, remember that you will not be able to get your permanent resident card processed until you do. The USCIS will begin processing it as soon as you pay, but 120 days is currently what the USCIS is predicting for those waiting for their residencies to be processed.

If you have been waiting a long time for your residency to be approved, or if you need help applying, your attorney can take steps to make this process simpler for you. Good help can make a difference when you’re seeking residency in the United States.