For over 200 years, people have immigrated to the United States of America in pursuit of improving their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Modernly, immigration issues are generally complex and require significant time and attention by a knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney. At 1LAW, we are dedicated to helping you navigate the immigration process and providing you with practical legal advice concerning your particular circumstances.
Effective March 4, 2013, United States green card applicants can apply for a provisional waiver if they have spent more than 180 days in the United States unlawfully. These individuals typically fear that they will be blocked from returning to the United states for a period of three to ten years when they return to their home country for their consular interview. By applying for a unlawful presence waiver, an applicant can get an approval or denial from the United States Citizenship and Immigration services before they return to their country for their interview. If approved, the green card applicant can depart the United States with confidence that their immigrant visa will be approved. If the waiver is denied, all hope is not lost. The applicant can potentially re-apply.
Not all individuals qualify for a provisional unlawful presence waiver. To find out more about provisional waivers and to find out if you or a loved one may qualify, call the knowledgeable and dedicated unlawful presence waiver attorneys at 1LAW.
Deferred action is a remedy that was created by the Obama administration in June of 2012. It does not confer U.S. citizenship, amnesty, or a green card. The remedy is applicable to young immigrants in the United States with no legal status, typically those brought to the United States as children. Deferred action provides for two years of protection from deportation. It also grants a work permit to the approved individual. At the end of the two-year period the individual may seek renewal of deferred action.
Those that may apply for deferred action include:
Not all individuals qualify for deferred action. To find out more about deferred action and to find out if you or a loved one may qualify, call the knowledgeable and dedicated deferred action immigration attorneys at 1LAW.
If you live outside of the United States and are not a U.S. citizens you must, with certain limited exceptions, obtain a temporary visa if you intend to visit the United States. You are required to choose the specific purpose of your trip to the U.S. The most common temporary visas issued are for tourists, investors, students and specialty workers. The activities the person can engage in will be limited to those activities which are approved under the visa. For example, a student visa will allow an individual to attend an education institution in the United States, however, the individual will not be authorized to work unless special permission is sought. The approved duration of an individual’s stay in the United States depends on several factors particular to individual circumstances.
Not all individuals qualify for nonimmigrant visas. To find out more about nonimmigrant visas and to find out if you or a loved one may qualify, call the knowledgeable and nonimmigrant visa attorneys at 1LAW.
Undocumented individuals, those without immigration status, in the United States may be subjected to deportation. Before deportation is ordered, removal proceedings will take place. There are legal defenses available that may avoid deportation by showing that the United States government subjected the individual to removal proceedings when, in fact, the individual is not removable.
If you or a loved one is facing removal proceedings it is critical that you contact a deportation immigration attorney immediately. You or your loved one may be forced to leave the United States and generally will not be able to return for many years. The immigration attorneys at 1LAW will explain your rights and discuss your best defense for the situation.
If you or a loved one have been detained by United States immigration officers, being reunited with family is typically the top priority. Under certain circumstances a bond may be posted that will allow the release of the detained individual. The posting of a bond gives the court assurance that the individual will appear in all further proceedings. If the individual fails to appear at any further proceedings the bond will be forfeited. If all orders of the court are followed and all appearances are made, the bond will be released to the poster. Typically there will be a bond hearing. If not, the immigrant that is being detained may request a bond hearing.
If you or a loved one has been detained by U.S. immigration it is critical that you contact an immigration bond attorney immediately. You or your loved one may be eligible for release on bond. The immigration bond attorneys at 1LAW will explain the bond hearing process and provide you advice and counsel for your situation.
A green card is a legal document that identifies its holder as a permanent resident of the United States. The holder of a green card has the right to live, work, exit, and enter the United States for life. It also allows the individual to eventually apply for citizenship. Immediate family members of United States citizens are eligible for a green card. This requires that the U.S. citizen petition for the issuance of a green card. Other family members may be eligible, however, the issuance of a green card to other than immediate family members of United States citizens can take between 4 and 24 years.
If you or a loved one would like to apply for a green card, contact our immigration attorneys as soon as possible. The immigration attorneys at 1LAW will explain the green card process and provide you advice and counsel based on your particular situation.
The process for applying for naturalization is far less complicated than that of applying for a green card. The process involves submitting one government form with accompanying materials and an interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. During the interview, the applicant will be tested on their knowledge of the English language, the government, and U.S. history. Your application will also be review and will either be approved or denied. Once approved, you will be scheduled to attend a swearing in ceremony. After you are sworn in you will officially be a citizen of the United States.
The immigration attorneys at 1LAW have extensive experience assisting clients navigate the immigration and citizenship process. We are knowledgeable and dedicated. We know the law and how it applies to your situation. We will work closely with you through the immigration process to ensure that your goals are achieved as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have helped numerous individuals in your situation. Give the immigration attorneys at 1LAW a call today to schedule a consultation.