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DACA

DACA is the program introduced in 2021 by President Barack Obama as protection from deportation for people who were brought into the United States as children and did not have citizenship or legal residency status. There are a lot of benefits of DACA. Permission to remain in the country, getting work permits and health insurance from employers who offer it. DACA allowed people to pay for school and in some states to obtain driver’s license and qualify for state-subsidized health insurance.

Naturalization

Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen after meeting the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act. In order to apply for naturalization you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have continuous residence and physical presence in the US
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English
  • Demonstrate good moral character
  • Demonstrate knowledge about U.S history and government
  • Take Oath of Allegiance
  • Family-Based Immigration

    A foreign citizen must be sponsored by an immediate relative who is at least 21 years old and is a U.S. citizen. There are two types of these visas:

    Immediate Relative – Based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, child, or parent.

    Family Preference – These are based on specific family relationships. U.S. citizens can file an immigrant visa petition for their: spouse, Son or daughter, parent, brother or sister.

    Business Immigration

    In order to qualify for the EB-5 visa, you are required to invest $1m or $500,000 in the US company. You are able to invest less in companies that have high unemployment or in rural areas. International companies with offices overseas & in the US are able to transfer qualified employees to their US office with an L1 visa.

    With EB-5 & L1 programs, you can get vise not only for yourself but also for your family members. Your children will have access to US education and your family will benefit from US healthcare. EB-5 gives you a conditional and then permanent resident status. With an L-1 visa you can apply for permanent residence in the United States after a year.

    Family-based Hardship Waivers

    An extreme hardship waiver is when someone asks the U.S. government to approve an immigrant visa for a person despite that person being inadmissible to the U.S. and ineligible for a visa.

    To request this waiver, you will request it by preparing Form I-601. You also need to accompany documents backing up your request.

    If you’re a relative to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident petitioner and currency residing in the U.S. then you would use USCIS Form I 601-A.

    Criminal activities can be a reason for the visa denial. If you were involved in crime 15 years prior to filing the visa application, U.S. government will see the evidence of rehabilitation and will investigate any incidents since then to see if a person is a good moral character.

    Victims of Trafficking

    (T) visa allows victims of severe forms of human trafficking to stay in the United States to help in investigations and prosecution of human trafficking violators. (T) visa enables these victims to remain for up to 4 years in the United States. This visa is also available for some family members of victims. Those victims who qualify may be able to change their status and become permanent residents. A severe form of trafficking is:

    • Sex trafficking
    • Labor trafficking.

    VAWA

    VAWA Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) fights violence against women and gives protection to women who had suffered violent abuses. It was first enacted in 1994 and its main priority is to end sexual and domestic violence against women. VAWA also gives attention to the issues of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The VAWA gives rights to victims of gender-motivated crimes and allows individuals to sue in federal court. VAWA gives protection and created programs to meet the needs of survivors.

    Immigration & Criminal Record
    Requests & Evaluations

    Background checks have been a part of the immigration process for a long time. Every potential US immigrant, regardless of ethnicity, national origin or religion must go through it. Understand how prior contact with law enforcement may impact your immigration case.

    Unaccompanied Minors

    Unaccompanied minors are defined as migrants under 18 years old with no lawful status in the United States. They don’t have a parent or legal guardian to take care of them. By law, they must be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement for care and custody.

    Victims of Crimes

    People who are victims of certain criminal activities that occurred in the United States or violated U.S. laws can apply for U nonimmigrant status. In order to apply for this visa, victims must have suffered physical or mental abuse and have information about that criminal activity. Law enforcement authorities will certify if the victim has been, is being or will be helpful in the investigation of that criminal activity.

    Deportation Defence

    Deportation Defence is a very difficult & highly complex area of immigration law. In these proceedings, the most important rights are at stake. The ability to live and work in the U.S. is at risk. Oftentimes, the ability to come back, or even visit the U.S is called into question for long periods of time. Hiring a knowledgeable & experienced immigration lawyer makes all the difference. Our mission is to prevent and stop proceedings and making sure that no client is removed from the U.S

    Employment Authorization

    U.S. employers must check and make sure all employees are allowed to work in the U.S. regardless of citizenship or national origin.

    With Employment Authorization Document you can prove that you are allowed to work in the U.S.

    Asylum protection

    A person who is unable or unwilling to return to his home country due to past persecution and cannot obtain protection in that country meets the international law definition of a “refugee”. Asylum is protection to foreign nationals who meet that term. Race, religion, nationality, and political opinion are different reasons people can apply for asylum.

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