Immigration Lawyer Services
Citizenship and Naturalization
To qualify for U.S. citizenship, an applicant for naturalization, in general, must: 1) be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, 2) have been physically present in the U.S. for more than half of the qualifying period (30 months or longer) and 3) be of “good moral character.” For applicants married to U.S. citizens, the required period of lawful permanent residence is only three years, as long as the resident’s spouse has been a U.S. citizen for all three years. There are numerous exceptions to these general rules, and the feedback of an experienced immigration lawyer can help determine whether any of the exceptions are applicable in your case.
Family-based immigration law covers immigration benefits for spouses, children, siblings, and parents of U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. The Immigration and Nationality Act provides an unlimited number of immigrant visas for immediate relatives, however, remaining relatives are subject to country and category limits on the number of visas available each year. Under the law, immediate relatives include:
- The Spouse of a U.S. Citizen.
- An unmarried child of a U.S. Citizen who is under the age of 21 years old.
- Adopted children of U.S. Citizens who were adopted before the age of 16.
- Parents of a U.S. Citizen when the U.S. Citizen older than 21 years old.
Marriage Visa / Fiance Visa / Marriage Green Card
A foreign national spouse of a U.S. citizen usually has two options for pursuing U.S. permanent resident, or “green card” status through marriage; Consular Processing of Marriage (Immigrant) Visa OR Adjustment of Status in the U.S. Once issued, the marriage visa (an immigrant visa) will allow for entry into the U.S. as a permanent resident, with the resident card or Green Card mailed to the foreign national in the U.S. within a few months of their arrival. If the foreign national spouse is already in the U.S. with some sort of nonimmigrant visa status, or in some cases no status at all, he/she may be eligible to complete all marriage visa / permanent resident (Green Card) processing in the U.S., and without having to visit a U.S. consular post in their home country.
A B-2 visa is a temporary nonimmigrant visa for persons wishing to enter the United States temporarily for pleasure, such as to visit family or to tour the United States.
Applicants for admission in B-2 status must present specific and realistic plans for the entire period of the visit and establish with reasonable certainty that departure from the U.S will occur upon completion of the temporary visit. Because the B-2 visa is strictly temporary, applicants must intend to maintain a foreign residence and demonstrate sufficient ties to the home country such as permanent employment, meaningful business or financial connections, close family ties, or other commitments can also indicate a strong incentive to return.
Criminal Alien Issues / Deportation and Removal Defense
In cases where a foreign national, whether a Permanent Resident, a lawful nonimmigrant or even undocumented is the subject of a criminal proceeding, it is absolutely necessary that an experienced immigration / criminal defense attorney be consulted so that the foreign national is well informed of the immigration / deportation consequences of any prospective guilty plea. Whatever the charges of removal / deportation, we will put to work our experience, to maximize the chances of our client remaining in the U.S. Often, the foreign national facing deportation or removal will walk away from proceedings with an improved immigration status – such as a Green Card by way of an application for relief before the Immigration Court.
As anyone that's gone through the process will tell you, navigating any area of immigration law is not an endeavor you'd want to go through alone. There is an extensive paperwork process that goes along with immigration that even natural-born U.S. citizens would struggle with, let alone immigrants from other countries for whom English is not their first language.
The truth about U.S. immigration is that many potential immigrants are not clear about everything required of them during the process, and this lack of information becomes a barrier for getting into the country and staying there legally. Don't let poor or insufficient legal representation be the reason you or your loved ones have to be uprooted from your homes. Here are 7 ways you can benefit from hiring the Attum Law Office to represent you throughout this complicated arm of the legal system:
1. A Good Immigration Lawyer Avoids Mistakes
Filing the correct paperwork is an important part of the processes of acquiring a visa, getting a loved one residence in the United States, and finalizing your marriage to an immigrant, among other procedures. This paperwork is usually extensive and complicated, and without the help of an expert, there are lots of opportunities to make mistakes that sink your entire application permanently.
An experienced immigration attorney can walk you through the correct steps to apply for work permits, marriage licenses and citizenship, without allowing mistakes that derail your chance to get these crucial documents authorized by the proper parties.
2. They Are Seasoned by Experience
One of the most important benefits that hiring an immigration lawyer can offer is less tangible than the others. The help of an expert that has experience making immigrants' dreams into realities cannot be understated.
You see, it's invaluable to hire someone that's done it before for thousands in the same position as you find yourself now. It's one thing to understand the law; it's another to understand how to find success for your clients.
3. Immigration Attorneys Can Maneuver the Permits and Regulations
A good immigration lawyer is an expert on all the procedural maneuvers necessary to get you where you want to be. Whether that's obtaining a work permit in the United States, acquiring permanent residency or full U.S. citizenship, an expert immigration attorney is a veritable expert on what you need to make that happen.
Maybe you'll be able to make it through the process on your own but there's a good chance you'd have something missing on your various applications that ties them up in the complex regulatory system, or causes them to be rejected entirely. Why leave your future up to a gamble?
4. They Can Explain Your Options to You
No matter what your situation is, you have options. Your expert immigration attorney can lay out these options in front of you, making sure you understand the full scope of your circumstances. Whether you're facing deportation or something else, your situation is likely very sensitive, and urgent. Isn't it important that you understand those options that you can take moving forward?
5. An Immigration Lawyer Can Advise You As a Permanent Resident
Even after obtaining a work visa or permanent U.S. residency, immigrants still have special laws that apply only to them. If you don't follow these laws during your time in the country, you could be deported before your visa is expired or after acquiring permanent resident status. A skilled immigration lawyer can help understand these laws so you don't endanger your status as an immigrant with residency in the United States.
6. A Lawyer Can Help You Find a Legal Job
Immigrants have a more difficult time trying to find legal employment than the average American, let alone a job that earns a competitive salary in the United States.
An immigration lawyer can assist you in the process of applying to jobs, interacting with human relations staff, and seeking employment opportunities. As an immigrant, you probably aren't familiar with all the tools available for Americans to find jobs; luckily for you, your immigration lawyer probably is, or at the very least can guide you to hiring and recruiting resources.
7. A Good Immigration Lawyer Can Provide a Path to Citizenship
Most immigrants are working towards the American dream - U.S. citizenship. An expert attorney has made this dream a reality for thousands of immigrants, completing their journey to becoming a U.S. citizen.
An immigration lawyer has in-depth knowledge of the blueprint for citizenship, and can impart that wisdom to you during every confusing and complicated step in the arena of immigration law.
No immigration procedure is easy, and most of the time, there are many steps to take and papers to file. You might feel like you're in over your head, especially if English isn't your first language. No matter what you're trying to achieve, a skilled immigration lawyer can guide you through this complicated process, one step at a time.
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