Immigration laws are constantly evolving. The U.S. immigration system is complex and may cause you to feel overwhelmed and intimidated. But with Bradley Beach immigration lawyer Andres Mejer Law by your side, you can understand your legal rights and receive valuable guidance throughout the immigration process.
Types of Immigration Areas
We practice an array of immigration matters, some of which we outline below.
In the United States, asylum is granted when a person suffers or legitimately fears persecution based on:
- Political views or opinion
- Membership in a social group
If your asylum status is approved, you may remain in the U.S. indefinitely. After a year of the approval, you may then apply for permanent residency.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Before attaining U.S. citizenship, you must first obtain U.S. naturalization, both of which are difficult and time-intensive processes. First you must obtain your green card and then you may apply for your U.S. citizenship after five years. There are instances where you may not need to wait this long — if, for example, you are a spouse of a U.S. citizen or U.S. veteran. The application process is tedious, often involving a mass amount of paperwork, as well as testing and interviewing. Our knowledgeable Bradley Beach immigration lawyer can provide you with more information regarding how to determine your eligibility and how to attain your naturalization or citizenship.
U.S. immigration laws permit deportation of immigrants if they:
- Commit certain crimes, like a violent crime or felony
- Violate terms of their visas
- Do not maintain a legal status
If you are facing deportation, it is imperative that you contact our experienced Bradley Beach immigration lawyer who also has extensive criminal defense experience.
Visa Applications Based on Employment
Employment-based visas are a common way for immigrants to enter the U.S. These visas include:
- Extraordinary ability visas
- E-3 visas for other immigrant workers
- Priority worker visas
- Immigrant investors
- Temporary work visas, e.g. H1-A and H1-B visas
At Andres Mejer Law, we help both individuals and companies to properly file Immigrant Petitions for Foreign Workers (Form I-140), visa applications, and labor certifications.
Since the annual number of accepted employment-based visas is limited, it is vital to correctly file your paperwork. Our seasoned Bradley Beach immigration lawyer will not only help you throughout the visa application process, but will also ensure you are compliant with the requirements from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Family Member’s Visas
Another common way for immigrants to obtain a visa is from a familial connection with the U.S. An American citizen can sponsor:
- Fiancés and spouses
- Adopted children
- Siblings (including their spouses and minor children)
- Adult children (including their spouses and minor children
You cannot, however, sponsor extended family, such as uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, or in-laws. Green card holders can also sponsor family members, but of only a limited range.
Even though the federal government recognizes same-sex marriages under the law since 2013, same-sex couples still face obstacles during the visa application process. A dedicated Bradley Beach immigration lawyer can fight for your rights.
Another way to receive an immigrant visa is through the Diversity Immigration Visa Program, which provides a limited number of visas to citizens of select countries based on a lottery system. First, during the annual registration period, you must submit an application. Second, if your application is selected, you may then apply for a visa. However, it is not guaranteed you will receive an immigration visa. This is because you must still meet the government’s criteria for visa eligibility. Also, you may be required to go through another application process prior to obtaining your visa.
The first step for many immigrants aiming to become a U.S. citizen is to obtain legal permanent residency, or a green card. As long as you maintain a valid green card, you can live and work in the U.S. However, the application and renewal process can be complex. A Bradley Beach immigration lawyer can help you fill out your forms and properly file them.
Our Bradley Beach immigration lawyer can also assist you in applying for and obtaining a non-immigrant visa to avoid being denied entry to the U.S. if you plan to come for a temporary purpose, such as:
- Medical treatment
Honest Advice and Affordable Legal Services
With immigration becoming progressively politicized and convoluted, our immigration lawyers stay on top of the rapidly changing immigration policies and laws. Our goal is to help you make a fully informed decision and receive the results you deserve. Thus, we pride ourselves on providing affordable and honest services.
Speak to a Bradley Beach Immigration Lawyer
As immigrants ourselves, we at Andres Mejer Law understand the value and importance of having an experienced Bradley Beach immigration lawyer. We will advise and help you throughout the immigration process. Contact us at 888-290-9354 for an evaluation today.