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Immigration Attorney Discusses the Criminal Record Documents You Need to Obtain for your Immigration Application

Many immigrants to the United States have a criminal record. A criminal record may include an arrest with no charges; charges that were filed, but later dismissed; charges filed that resulted in a conviction; a conviction that was dismissed through a diversion program. If you are trying to immigrate to the United States and you have ever been arrested, cited, charged, or convicted of a crime, then the US government wants documented information about the incident.

The first step in… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

Immigration Attorney Explains What to Expect at a Spousal Visa Interview

So, you have filed all of your paperwork and you have gone to your biometrics appointment and now you are scheduled to attend your spousal visa interview. What can you expect?

When a US citizen or resident petitions for their spouse to become a US resident, the immigration service requires you to attend a spousal visa interview If your spouse is attending the spousal visa interview abroad, in their home country, you are not required to attend the interview.… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

A Visa Attorney Can Help Bring Your Loved One to Visit You in the United States

Do you know a friend or a loved one living abroad who would like to come visit the United States? It may be possible for them to enter the United States for a short period of time for the purpose of visiting family, friends or other attractions. This can generally be accomplished in one of two ways: enter under the visa waiver program or obtain a visitor visa.

The Visa Waiver Program is a program of the United States… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

What Can I Do If My Abusive Family Member Won’t Petition for Me to Get a Visa?

If you are being abused by a family member who is a US citizen or resident, and that person is unwilling to help you get an immigration visa, you may be able to petition for yourself, also known as a self-petition.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a section of immigration law that that is meant to help victims of abuse, whether they are men or women. Under VAWA, certain family members of US citizens and residents do not… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

A Visa Attorney Can Help You Bring Your Fiancé to the United States by Obtaining a Fiancé visa.

Love knows no bounds. It is not contained within a country’s borders.  If you find yourself in love with someone half way across the globe, and you want to bring them to the United States to get married, a fiancé visa may be a good option for you.

A United States citizen can petition for their loved one to enter the United States to get married. This process is called the fiancé visa process. The first step in the process… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

How to Apply for a Work Permit Explained by an Immigration Attorney

If you think that you qualify to obtain a work permit from the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), it is important that you follow the steps and procedures correctly so that your application is not rejected or denied.

First, you need to download and complete USCIS Form I-765, application for a work permit. This form asks many questions about you, including biographic information, information about your entry into the United States, and information about your passport. It also asks… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

If Your Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is Ending a Visa Attorney Could Help You Get a Green Card

President Trump and his administration is determined to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for citizens of many countries. Currently, the President has declared an end to TPS. However, lawsuits were filed against the President’s decision. We are currently awaiting a final verdict from the courts. If you or a loved one is in fear of losing their TPS status, it is important to talk to a visa attorney to advise you on other possibilities you may have of obtaining… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

Hiring a Deportation Attorney is Vital for Deportation Defense

Hiring a deportation attorney who understands the changing immigration laws and has experience creating strong arguments for relief from deportation is vital to success in deportation defense. Although non-citizens are not required to have an attorney and can choose to represent themselves in deportation proceedings, most are not trained in immigration law and do not have the knowledge or experience needed to successfully win arguments in front of the immigration judge.

The stakes are high. If the non-citizen convinces the… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

A VISA ATTORNEY explains your rights and obligations once you OBTAIN a GREEN CARD

Immigrants who have gone through the process of becoming lawful permanent residents obtain an alien registration card, otherwise known as a green card. The cards are called “green cards”, because in the past the cards used to be green in color. Through the years, the cards have changed colors and designs, but they serve the same function: to grant the immigrant holder lawful status in the United States. When an immigrant becomes a lawful permanent resident, they obtain certain… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

It is recommended to hire a knowledgeable IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY to guide you through the SPOUSAL VISA hardship waiver PROCESS

Many applicants for a spousal visa will be required to file for what is called a hardship waiver with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). It is very important to hire a knowledgeable immigration attorney to assist you in preparing and submitting all of the required evidence and documentation for the hardship waiver, because without a waiver, your loved one could be stuck outside of the United States for ten years or more.

To obtain a spousal visa hardship… Continue readingSeguir Leyendo

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