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Immigration Factoids ™
  Citizens of Mexico and Canada can qualify for certain categories of professional employment under the NAFTA treaty, but the visas, while theoretically renewable without limitation, do not lead to permanent residency. Spouses and children can obtain derivative visas.

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Sample Resident Alien Card

This is an obsolete version of a legal resident alien identification card that was first introduced in 1977.

View the current version of the green card.

Learn about how to get a green card from inside the United States.

Learn about how to get a green card from abroad.

Unlike the current version, the Resident Alien card does not bear an expiration date and so consequently some cards of this vintage may still be valid, including for employment authorization purposes. Later versions began to show an expiration date and were only valid for ten years from the date of issuance. Over the passage of time, many such later-issued cards may have simply expired by their terms, in which case they are of no further validity for any purpose.


If you are a holder of a resident alien card and are unsure of whether you are required to apply for a more current one or of your right to use it, or are an employer who is unsure whether to hire someone who presents such a card, please contact Messing Law Offices for a free seven minute telephonic consultation or to schedule an initial consultation.

Samples of later such resident alien cards are shown below the initial, non-expiring kind.

The alien resident card was modified in 1989 to show an expiration date of ten years from the date of issue but did not enable automated means to determine if the card had been revoked earlier. Beginning in 1992 a newer version placed a white background behind the holder's fingerprint.

Arizona Permanent Residency Attorney: Family, Labor, Business-based Immigration Lawyer

At Messing Law Offices, we provide high quality legal services and expertise to families, working men and women, and businesses. If you have a concern in the areas of family based immigration, business based immigration, employment based immigration, or naturalization and you are seeking the help of an experienced immigration lawyer, call Messing Law Offices for professional Arizona immigration attorney assistance.

John Messing has been reappointed the Liaison from the American Bar Association (SciTech Section) to United States Citizenship & Immigration Services 2010-2012. Read the October 2011 Report on the USCIS proposed Transform E-filing System by John Messing, Tucson immigration lawyer.

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Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Awards Winner 2015 for top Arizona immigration law firm Winner of the Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award for ‘Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Arizona for two years running. American Immigration Lawyers Association American Immigration Lawyers 2015 Member

Here are some representative client testimonials:

SaMa - Feb 9, 2011
"Smart ,honnest, compassionate, great understanding of the immigration laws. john messing is the best lawyer you can get."

Leah - Sep 1, 2010
An exceptional immigration attorney Mr. Messing helped me sponsor my husband to come to the U.S. from France. Even though I was missing some of the income qualifications he found every possible solution to get us through the process successfully. I am very impressed with how smooth he made this process for us and quick w were approved by USCIS! We will be using him again in the future to apply for citizenship. I highly recommend Law Offices."

These and more testimonials can be viewed here

Messing Law Offices, P.L.C., based in Tucson, Arizona, provides immigration and naturalization attorney services to Eloy, Florence, Nogales, Sierra Vista, Tucson and Yuma as well as Coconino County, Gila County, Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County and Yavapai County. Immigration services also offered in San Diego and Southern California.

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