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    Hi there. My employer is applying for an L1A visa for me. Once I get down to US (from Canada) should I apply for permanent residence status or Green card right away? My mother is permanent resident and my father is now US citizen after his p/r status. I'm just wondering what is the quickest/surest way to get to be a permanent us citizen as I want to stay in US forever. Any help would be greatly appreicated

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    Hi there. My employer is applying for an L1A visa for me. Once I get down to US (from Canada) should I apply for permanent residence status or Green card right away? My mother is permanent resident and my father is now US citizen after his p/r status. I'm just wondering what is the quickest/surest way to get to be a permanent us citizen as I want to stay in US forever. Any help would be greatly appreicated

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    • #3
      Hi Jayp,

      L1A is non-immigrant visa.

      There is no quick way to obtain the US citizenship. First you have to be a permanent resident for 3 ( if GC obtained through marriage to USC) or 5 years (everything else). Luckily you have several options. You can be sponsored for permanent residency by:
      - your father
      - your mother (if you are not married)
      - an US company (employment based)
      - USC spouse
      They all take years to be completed.

      To see which options would work the best for you, let us know your marital status. I assume you are over 21 years of age, and have some special skills... Have you been to the States before? Any visa overstay? Illegal work?

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      • #4
        You will have to maintain L1 for 1 year. Then after 1 year, when you apply to renee your L1 again , and IF it gets approved, you can apply for Green Card. Then after 5 years you can apply for Citizenship.

        Getting the L1 renewed for the 2nd time isnt as easy as the 1st time.

        Monu.

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