Immigration for Immediate Relatives: The IR Visas

If you are a U.S. citizen, you can apply for immigration law to have your close relatives in the U.S. join you. On behalf of the following family members, these Immediate Relative (IR) Petitions may be filed: Spouses Unmarried children under the age of 21 Orphans adopted abroad or in the United States Parents (provided the sponsor is 21 or older) Unlike Family Preference Immigrant Visas, there is no Read More

Understanding Asylum

Asylum is a legal protection granted to foreign nationals who, for very specific reasons outlined by U.S. and international law, can prove they have a credible fear of returning to their home country. A person granted asylum is legally permitted to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation. An asylum seeker may be eligible to work in the U.S., travel abroad, and apply for their spouse or child to be granted the Read More

What You Need to Know About Merits Hearings

Removal proceedings in the United States are a complicated process, and it can take a lot of time and money to combat these charges. The “merits” hearing, or more commonly known as the “individual” hearing, is the last and most important step in the deportation process. You will have an opportunity to argue your case for remaining in the United States at your individual hearing. Although a successful individual Read More

Immigration for Children: Understanding SIJ Petitions

There are certain times when children are eligible for a separate immigration status independent of another person. If mistreatment, malnourishment, or abandonment leave immigrant children incapable or unwilling to going home, they can submit a petition for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ). The process involves the help of an immigration attorney and a family law attorney. A family law attorney or an immigration Read More

7 Steps to Obtaining Your Green Card

Obtaining a green card can be quite confusing, regardless of what language you speak. In this article, we’ve listed the steps to obtaining your green card in simple terms to help you better understand the process. 1. Determine your eligibility. The first step in obtaining your green card is to determine whether or not you’re eligible to apply for a green card. You need to find out if you fall into one of the Read More

What to Expect at a Master Calendar Hearing

A master calendar hearings are preliminary immigration hearings which act as the initial effort of removing an immigrant from the country. It begins when a US immigrant receives an NTA, or Notice to Appear. The NTA contains the information of the time and date when the immigrant shall appear before an Immigration Court. The Immigration Court handles two types of hearings which both take place before an Immigration Read More

Understanding the Violations That Could Lead to Removal

U.S. immigration authorities have several reasons to deport an immigrant. The most obvious and common reason that an immigrant can be deported is by simply not having the necessary valid, legal documentation to be in the United States in the first place — either by entering the country illegally or having stayed beyond the required time outlined by their visa. Still, even immigrants who have the right, whether Read More

5 Possible Deportation Defenses

Finding out that you or a loved one is in danger of being deported can be a scary situation. In many instances, you will have the ability to defend against your removal and can attempt to prove to the government that you or your loved one should not be deported.   What might this process look like? After retaining experienced legal counsel, your case might be best suited for one of the following Read More

U.S. Immigration 101: Understanding the Adjustment of Status

When you want to apply for lawful permanent resident status, also known as a Green Card, there are generally two ways to go about it. If you are outside of the United States, you must go through a process called consular processing, which involves, in part, applying at a U.S. Department of State consulate in your home country. “Adjustment of status” is a little different: it means applying for your Green Card when Read More