US Immigration Lawyers

Immigration to the United States is the dream of many people that wish to live as U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (Green Card). However, that dream is hard to attain for most people. The immigration process and the laws governing the process are lengthy and complex. It is important to have a professional that has experience with the process and understands the laws that dictate immigration policy. A U.S. immigration lawyer can walk you through the complicated naturalization process, file the appropriate petitions, and review your required documentation to make sure that your request for a green card or citizenship has the best chance of being accepted.

According to a testimony presented to the U.S. House of Representatives by the Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims, the total foreign-born population off the United States is over thirty million individuals. The study revealed that over 1.3 million people immigrate to the U.S. annually. These numbers include legal and illegal immigrants and they serve to demonstrate the magnitude of the problem facing the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (previously INS).

U.S. Immigration law defines an immigrant as an individual lawfully permitted for permanent residence in the United States. People from all over the world want to immigrate to the U.S. for various reasons. Some people are drawn here by the promise of a better way of life, rights and freedoms that many Americans take for granted, economic opportunities and prosperity not achievable in their home country, etc.

An Immigration Lawyer can assist you with any of the following immigration issues:

  • Interpreting text of law
  • Filing requests for citizenship, state residency, green card, VISAS, etc.
  • Filing all immigration forms and petitions
  • Immigration Court Proceedings (Removal Proceedings)
  • NAFTA Applications
  • Family and Employment Immigration
  • Labor Certification

Some of the petitions and visas available to immigrants include:

  • Intra-Company Transferee (L-1) Petitions - for transfers of managers, executive and specialized knowledge personnel of a multinational company
  • Specialty Worker (H-1B) Petitions – for temporary employment in a specialty occupation or as a fashion model
  • Employment First Preference (E1) – for persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, outstanding professors or researchers, and certain executives and managers
  • Employment Second Preference (E2) – for professionals holding an advanced degree or a baccalaureate degree, or persons having a degree of expertise in the arts, sciences, or business
  • Employment Third Preference (E3) - For skilled workers, professionals with a baccalaureate degree, and other workers capable of filling positions requiring less than two years' training or experience
  • Employment Fourth Preference (E4) – for religious workers, certain overseas employees of the U.S. Government, former employees of the Panama Canal Company, retired employees of international organizations, certain dependents of international organization employees, and certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Employment Fifth Preference (E5) – For employment creating investors that invest between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in a commercial enterprise and create at least 10 new full-time jobs in the U.S.
  • Temporary Business Visitor (B-1) Visas and Visitors for Pleasure or Medical Treatment (B-2) Visas
  • Legal Permanent Residence Status or Green Card

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