THERE'RE OVER 100 WAYS TO LEGALLY COME OR STAY IN THE UNITED STATES
TEMPORARY VISAS . Those who are coming for a temporary stay may qualify for a visitor visa, a student visa, professional, athlete, performer, or investor visa. We prepare applications and explain legal issues to confirm eligibility to enter the U.S. MORE HERE
PERMANENT RESIDENCE . Those coming for permanent residence may qualify through family relationships, employment, investment, asylum, diversity, or other basis. We assist in preparing documentation and presenting appropriate information and documents to show eligibility for residence in the U.S. MORE HERE
CITIZENSHIP . After residing in the U.S. for five (5) years, or less in special circumstances, and maintaining 'good moral character' throughout, a foreigner is eligible to apply for citizenship in the U.S. We assist in preparing applications and presenting information that confirms eligibility for naturalization as a U.S. citizen. MORE HERE
REMOVAL DEFENSE . If a foreigner is convicted of crimes of moral turpitude, aggravated felonies, or other specified crimes or overstays his/her authorized stay, s/he can be served with a Notice to Appear that outlines charges of removability. We defend against the charges, when possible, to allow eligible foreigners to stay in the U.S. MORE HERE
We specialize in helping people stay, especially in difficult cases.
PRES. OBAMA'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
We wish Pres. Obama had discussed more benefits to more people, but we'll take what we can get and work hard for the rest!
INDIVIDUALS WHO BENEFIT UNDER GUIDANCE AND MEMORANDA ISSUED NOV. 20th, 2014
>>> PARENTS OF U.S. CITIZENS & PERMANENT RESIDENTS & THOSE WHO CAME TO THE U.S. BEFORE THEY WERE 16
>>> NON-CRIMINAL INDIVIDUALS IN REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS
1. DEFERRED ACTION BENEFICIARIES: The new Deferred Action program will be available to:
PARENTS:Parents who have a son(s) or daughter(s) who is a U.S. citizen legal permanent resident who were present and have remained in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, who have no other lawful status in the U.S. (as of Nov. 20, 2014), and who are without criminal convictions that are considered 'priority,' AND
DACA APPLICANTS: Individuals who were brought to the U.S. before they were 16 years of age, who were present and have remained present in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, who have no other lawful status in the U.S. (as of November 20, 2014), and who are without criminal convicitons that are considered 'priority.'
ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR DEFERRED ACTION WHO IS IN REMOVAL / DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS can request that removal proceedings be terminated, starting January 5, 2015 - Also, if s/he is detained, s/he can request release from detention on the same basis. In other words, those who are not 'priorities' under the President's new standard are to be released from detention and considered to have removal proceedings closed or terminated.
>>> IF THIS APPLIES TO YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND . CONTACT AN ATTORNEY NEAR YOU. We're available for consultations anytime @ 702.425.1770 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
>>> FORMS ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE, BUT PREPARATIONS CAN BE MADE BY COLLECTING DOCUMENTS SHOWING: (1) identity, (2) when you came to the U.S., (3) your age, (4) your citizenship (in your home country) (5) presence in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, and (5) presence in the U.S. on November 20, 2014. Contact An Attorney Near You For More Information.
2. INVESTOR / ENTREPRENEUR / PROFESSIONAL BENEFICIARIES: We are waiting for further guidance; these are the benefits to be provided under Presidential guidance:
3. WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR SPOUSES: Final Rule for work authorization for H4 spouses of H1b visaholders who have been approved for employment-based LPR status cited as forthcoming. REFORMS TO THE 'NIW' CATEGORY: USCIS guidance shall issue that further clarifies when an NIW waiver of U.S. employer sponsorship can be invoked, with the understanding that the NIW waiver is currently underused. I-140 PORTABILITY: USCIS will issue a memo clarifying which jobs are considered to be 'same or similar' that allows LPR applicants to change jobs while waiting for employment-based visa availability; the guidance will clarify that taking on supervisory duties (via a promotion) or changing jobs within the same industry will not risk abandonment of their approved labor cert. RESEARCHERS, INVENTORS, AND FOUNDERS OF START-UPS: 212(d)(5) parole is to be made available to researchers, inventors, and founders of start-up enterprises who have receiveed U.S. financing or show promise of job-creation through development of new technologies or cutting-edge research. Income and resource threshholds to apply, as is the case with student visas, to ensure federal welfare benefits will not be required. L1B VISA REFORMS: USCIS to issue a emo re: "specialized knowledge" to enhance consistency in adjudications and employers' confidence in the program.
OTHER INDIVIDUALS WILL BENEFIT AFTER DHS / USCIS / ICE ISSUE FURTHER MEMORANDA SUMMARIES OF DHS CURRENT MEMORANDA ARE LINKED HERE
LATINA MOTHER . A Latina mother of 3 citizen children lost her husband almost two years ago. His older children from a pervious relationship turned on the mother after his death, kicked her out of the house, and called police with false accusations. All charges were dismissed, but ICE was notified and they initiated proceedings. It was a horrible situation for her but it turned out well. We asked ICE attorneys for understanding, and they gave it. They closed the case without a hearing, even. Our client can stay, and three citizen children get to keep their mom.
INVESTOR VISA CASES . FIRST CASE . A client was denied E2 visa at the U.S. Embassy in Vancouver because of the unorganized presentation from another law office. The client's father told us that he would be glad start a new company for her if the government wouldn't approve her application based on the existing company. "No, we can organize the presentation to get her approved," we replied. We were very pleased to get her E2 status. SECOND CASE . Another client invested his savings into one business in the U.S. and was on E2 status for years, until he sold his initial business and bought another. When his status was denied 2x, he came to our office as a "complicated case." Thankfully, we were able to explain the difficult issues and the application we submitted was approved.
MULTI-NATIONAL EXECUTIVES . Of the multi-national exec cases (L1 Visas) cases, a complicated case involved a client with a lucrative company in a UK country who needed advice re: starting a U.S. subsidiary. We were happy to tell him re: incorporating & visa status. It was two (2) years before he was ready to make the step - by that time, his company had two large U.S. clients and he needed to be close to them to business going smoothly. What he didn't tell us was that his UK company had gone through bankruptcy in the two (2) intervening years. That came out after USCIS sent back request for further information re: financials. But because his company had current profits and good contracts, he was approved (and we were very pleased).
MOTION TO REOPEN . A client's case was reopened because his previous attorney withdrew three days before the merit's hearing, which was fundamentally unfair.
SPOUSAL ABUSE CASE . A client's husband demanded money from her and threatened non-participation with the immigration process. We recently got her case approved on self-petition, where she can petition on her own without husband's signature or cooperation. The application was risky because there was no physical abuse. We documented the financial and emotional abuse, and the officials understood, thankfully.
We take pride in relating closely with clients, taking their cases personally, and getting them what they need. Here's some of their responses,
I'm sending you my friend because I know you'll take care of her ... Daisy, Riverside, CA
You made this so fast. My wife told me that I was in trouble. But, you got an approval in two weeks. It took my last attorney three months ... Jung, Las Vegas, NV
Thanks for your wonderful work, ... our client won his case, .... Attorney, Consultant-Client, FL
Our clients have included families, investors, professionals, students, and government officials from various countries, as well as companies who employ foreigners here in the U.S., including,