Family Based Immigration
Family unity is a priority. We work to help identify all options for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to petition for family members. We can assist family members who wish to come to the U.S., as well as those who are already in the U.S. and wish to remain here with family and legalize their status.
There may be different options available for you or your family member. We help you chart out the right path. Some common types of cases that we handle:
- Family based (I-130) petitions for spouses, children, parents and siblings
- Adjustment of status (I-485) applications for green cards
- Consular processing for family members who must process their immigrant visa application from outside the U.S.
- Fiancee visas for long distance couples seeking to get married and reside in the U.S.
In some cases, a waiver may be needed in order to successfully immigrate. Waivers are often required for individuals with prior apprehensions, arrests, or visa overstays. We enjoy a high success rate in the following waivers:
- I-601A “provisional” waivers for unlawful presence
- I-601 waivers for unlawful presence, fraud/misrepresentation findings, or smuggling findings (applied to parents who assist their children in entering the U.S.)
- I-212 permission to reapply for admission to the U.S. for family members who were previously deported or removed from the U.S.
Individuals who already have green cards may be eligible for U.S. citizenship through naturalization. Depending on your case, you may be eligible for naturalization within just a few years after getting your green card. In most cases, you must demonstrate English proficiency, knowledge of U.S. history/government, and good moral character.
We can screen you for eligibility and can help you with early filing as well as fee waivers if you have limited income and cannot afford the government filing fee. We prepare you thoroughly for the interview and can attend the interview with you.
Some people may also become U.S. citizens by operation of law, based on the citizenship status of their parents. This is known as acquired or derived citizenship. The requirements are very specific depending on when you were born, which parent was a citizen, and the marital status of your parents when you were born.
We have experience handling these cases and can assist people filing from within the U.S. (Form N-600) as well as those who are outside the U.S. (Consular Registry of Birth Abroad). We will help compile all the necessary evidence and will prepare you for your government interview. If you are interviewed in the U.S. we can attend the interview with you.
Survivors of trauma are eligible for a number of protections under immigration law. There are specific visas available to victims of exploitation/trafficking as well as survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other violent assaults. We have extensive training and experience in working with survivors to file T visas, U visas, and self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). We handle initial visas/petitions as well as green card cases for those who are eligible.
Depending on a client’s personal history, they may need to file a waiver to overcome challenges in the case. We screen for these requirements and guide you through the process, no matter how complex the case.
Over the last ten years, we have processed hundreds of successful cases. We represent women and men, adults and children. We provide a supportive environment and help you find your voice and your protection.
As a mother, I understand the importance of providing security and protection for your children. As an attorney, I have the experience to help guide you through the legal process to bring stability to a child’s life.
We screen for all possible options when doing initial consultations. We have experience and an extremely high success rate on the following types of cases:
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): both initial applications as well as renewals
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS): immigration protections for children who cannot be reunified with one or both parents due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect
- Legal guardianship for foreign born children who require special court findings to pursue SIJS
- Domestic adoptions for certain mixed status families