We represent asylum seekers before the asylum office and in immigration court. Asylum may be sought by people who are afraid of returning to their home country for fear that the government or another group will persecute them based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group. We take the extra time required to make sure that an application is thoroughly prepared, well documented and that our clients are prepared for their hearings and interviews.
Asylum cases often receive extra scrutiny by the court and the asylum office because of the large number of asylum cases that are filed. We can help you make sure that the application and their applications and documents in your case are carefully prepared.
We help clients who are asylees or who have family members that are either citizens or lawful permanent residents apply for green cards. We provide full service which includes preparing and filing the applications along with representation before the immigration service or immigration court. Much of our work for green card applicants involves achieving entry, maintenance of status, adjustment of status, change of status and finding the fastest and most effective ways to meet immediate or ongoing immigration objectives. As with all our services we explain the process carefully so that you will know what to expect at each stage of your case.
A waiver may be necessary in many circumstances for people who are trying to apply for a green card or visa either in the United States or at a U.S. Consulate overseas. Some reasons why a waiver might be needed include the use of false documents, medical history, prior removal from the U.S., misrepresentation to an immigration or consular officer, unlawful presence in the U.S., criminal history and entering the U.S. without permission. Our firm provides representation for persons who need waivers in order to either enter the U.S. lawfully or stay legally in the U.S.
Waivers can be complicated and require specialized attention to the details of your case. If you require a waiver it is important to have someone that can help you through the process to make sure that you are filing the for the correct waiver and that you present the strongest possible application.
Naturalization is a great option for individuals who qualify. It is the only way that a person can ensure that they will not be deported. There are, however, some common pitfalls that you will want to avoid. It is important to make sure that you do not inadvertently end up with a denial or being referred to immigration court. We can help you make sure that you present the best possible application.
Being placed in removal proceedings or detention can be stressful and confusing. If you have been targeted for removal from the United States by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), finding the right lawyer could make the difference between being allowed to stay in the United States and being deported. It may also allow you to get out of detention so that you do not have to fight your case while in detention. Our firm will work with you to find the best way to fight your case. We have the knowledge and experience to pursue each possible defense on behalf of you or a loved one facing deportation. Even if the odds seem stacked against you, we will take the time to investigate your situation completely and give you the best chance at a successful outcome.
If you were married to a U.S. citizen or green card holder who were emotionally or physically abusive you may be entitled to a benefit under the immigration laws.
Many victims of human trafficking are unaware that they may qualify for immigration benefits. The law provides an avenue for individuals to apply for a visa if they have been subjected to sex trafficking or forced labor, debt bondage or slavery. This does not require physical harm or force and the coercion could have occurred if a person simply believed that serious harm would come to them or their family members if they refused to follow orders. Some of the following situations may indicate that you have been the victim of human trafficking:
- If your housing situation was closely monitored by your employer to prevent you from leaving
- If your employer took your passport,
- If you were forced to go into a large amount of debt to pay a recruiter in your home country for a job that pays much less than you were told
- If your employer told you if you leave work you will be arrested
- If your employer has forced you to pay large fees out of your paycheck for housing, meals, or smuggling fees
- If you came to the United States as a child to live with family members but were never enrolled in school, this may indicate that you were forced to work as a babysitter or house keeper.
If you believe that you may have been subjected to human trafficking, please call us and see if you qualify for immigration benefits.
If a person or a close relative of theirs has been a victim of certain types of crimes in the United States, they may qualify to apply for a U-Visa which could lead to a green card. In order to qualify the person must have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been the victim of a qualifying crime, possess information about the criminal activity, and have already been or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement, prosecutors or judges in prosecuting the criminal activity. Getting a U-Visa requires both time and work to ensure that the application is prepared properly. If you think that you might qualify for a u-visa please call us and we can help you to understand how to best proceed.
People in detention are often the most in need of advice and support. It is incredibly difficult to find information and compile the necessary documents while a person is in detention. Because of this if you are in detention it is important that you have someone that can help you understand your options. Your case will proceed very quickly and having a lawyer that can prepare documents and speak with your family members can often be the difference between successfully presenting your case and being removed from the United States.
Being in detention can make presenting your case to the immigration court much harder. It is often more difficult to speak with people who can help you and it puts pressure on the individual which can make it challenging to present their testimony to the court. Being detained also means that your case must proceed much more quickly than you may like. Please call us to see if you qualify to ask the court for a bond, and we will help you prepare the necessary documents and try to get a bond set in your case.
If you are married, are planning on getting married or have a close family member in another country, then you will want to understand the process you will need to go through if you plan to help the come to the United States. Family based visas are a great tool that bring families together. Visa processing and timelines can be complicated. If you want to bring a family member to the United States we can help you through the process.
If you are filing for work authorization for the first time or you are submitting a subsequent application we can help you make sure that you include everything you need. We will also help you figure out when is the best time to file to ensure that you do not have a break in your authorization.
We handle many other matters and have the tools to help you find the right solution for your case.