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INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS

Discover options for you and your family members to immigrate to the U.S., including humanitarian protection.

PERMANENT RESIDENCE (GREEN CARD) SOLUTIONS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS, ENGAGED COUPLES, AND SPOUSES

Are you a United States citizen or lawful permanent residence (i.e. a green card) who wants to sponsor a family member to live permanently in the United States?

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders) may petition on behalf of close family members to allow them to immigrate to the U.S. As an immigration attorney, it is a truly rewarding experience to help reunite or create new families. Our Firm has the experience and compassion to identify your best option and work towards achieving your family’s ultimate immigration goals.

It is important to understand that U.S. immigration law defines immediate relatives different from how the term is commonly used. Under U.S. immigration law, an immediate relative is a spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent of a U.S. citizen. This does not mean you cannot sponsor other family members as a U.S. citizen or that lawful permanent residents cannot sponsor family members. The process simply varies depending upon your immigration status and your relationship with who you wish to sponsor. Immediate relatives are not subject to annual visa quotas and therefore, can typically become lawful permanent residents much faster. On the other hand, non-immediate relatives are subject to annual visa quotas and therefore, wait years to immigrate to the United States.

MARRIAGE-BASED

Sponsoring a foreign-born spouse?

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UNMARRIED CHILDREN

Sponsoring a foreign-born child?

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MARRIED CHILDREN

Sponsoring a married child?

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SIBLINGS

Sponsoring a brother or sister?

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PETITION PROCESS

Regardless of whether you are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and who you are sponsoring, the process starts by filing a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.

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FIANCÉ (K-1) VISAS

Engaged to a foreign national?

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REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS FOR MARRIED COUPLES

Are you a conditional permanent resident who is nearing their two-year anniversary as a lawful permanent resident?

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SB-1 AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENTS (GREEN CARD HOLDERS)

Lawful permanent residents (i.e. green card holders) are expected to live in the U.S. permanently. You are free to travel overseas and temporary travel abroad does not impact your lawful permanent resident status. However, if you do not intend to make the United States your home, you risk losing your lawful permanent resident status. This is why lengthier trips outside the United States can be problematic. You are presumed to have abandoned your lawful permanent residence if you remain outside the United States for a year or more. But trips of less than a year can still be an issue if you did not intend to make the United States your permanent home. In determining your intent, Customs and Border Protection (i.e. CBP) officers will consider factors including whether your intent was to stay abroad temporarily, you maintained family and community ties to the United States, you maintained employment in the United States, you filed income taxes as a resident, you kept a United States mailing address, you continued to hold United States bank accounts, you had a valid driver’s license, and/or you owned property or ran a business in the United States.

RE-ENTRY PERMITS

Do you need to remain outside the United States for an extended period of time?

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SB-1 VISAS

Have you been outside the United States for a year or more?

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VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, ASYLUM PROTECTION, AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA)

Are you a foreign national who has been a victim of violence at the hands of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident family member?

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U VISAS

Are you a foreign national who has been a victim of a crime in the United States?

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T VISAS

Are you a foreign national who has been a victim of a crime in the United States?

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ASYLUM

Are you afraid to return to your home country?

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SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE (SIJ) QUALIFICATION

Are you a child who cannot return to your home country because you have been neglected, abused, or abandoned by one or both parents?

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HUMANITARIAN PAROLE

Do you have a humanitarian reason to travel to the United States and are unable to obtain a visitor visa?

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TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS)

Do conditions in your home country temporarily prevent you from returning safely?

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DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

Did you come to the United States as a child?

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NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP

Obtaining U.S. citizenship is the ultimate goal of many foreign nationals who emigrate to the United States. Naturalization is the process through which foreign-born individuals typically obtain U.S. citizenship. The naturalization process requires you to submit an application, attend an interview, and take an Oath of Allegiance. By taking an Oath of Allegiance, you will be rewarded with rights, freedoms, and privileges including the right to vote, right to hold public office, ability to sponsor additional family members for lawful permanent residence, right to live abroad without time limitations, and immediate acquisition of U.S. citizenship by qualifying minor children. There are several paths to U.S. citizenship including:

LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCE (I.E. GREEN CARD HOLDER) TO U.S. CITIZENSHIP

Are you a lawful permanent resident (i.e. green card holder) who wants to become a United States citizen?

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ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL AND VETERANS (INA §§ 328 & 329)

Are you an active duty military member or veteran who wants to become a United States citizen?

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OVERSEAS BORN CHILDREN OF A US CITIZEN PARENT

Were you born overseas to a parent who was or is a United States citizen?

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U.S. CITIZENS WITH OVERSEAS BORN CHILDREN

Are you a United States citizen who had a child born overseas?

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