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U.S. immigration law provides an opportunity for those who want to be reunited with their families or become a skilled worker abroad. The National Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) grants up to 675,000 permanent immigrant visas each year, and there’s no limit to the number of admissions for spouses, parents, and children (below 21 years old) of U.S. citizens.
However, immigration law in the U.S. is incredibly complex. You need a legal expert to guide you through the whole process to avoid delays and making costly mistakes. Immigration lawyers can also help you during removal or deportation proceedings if something goes wrong with your application.
What You Need to Know About U.S. Immigration
There are basically 2 ways to become a U.S. immigrant: family-based and employment-based. There’s a third type of immigration covered by special laws for humanitarian reasons which include refugees and those seeking asylum. You’ll go through a different process based on which type of immigration you’re applying for.
There are certain criteria you need to be aware of when applying as a U.S. immigrant. In family-based immigration, you must either be a spouse, unmarried minor children, or a parent of a U.S. citizen. You can also apply through the family preference system if you’re already an adult child of a U.S. citizen or if you’re a spouse of a lawful permanent resident (LPR) in the U.S.
If you’re employed to work in the U.S, you can apply for employment-based immigration on either a permanent or a temporary basis. There are several types of visas which allow you to work temporarily but you can also work on your green card or LPR status while working as an immigrant. In both cases, your employer will have to file a petition to the USCIS who will make an assessment. Ask your immigration lawyer if you can apply for employment-based immigration.
Immigration lawyers will require you to give certain information before advising you on how you should proceed or if you need any other documents for your application. You need to bring pertinent documents like your passport, visa, I-94, marriage certificate, or notices from immigration authorities during your appointment with your immigration lawyer.
DACA Applications and Renewals
Children of undocumented parents might encounter some problems with regards to their DACA applications and renewals. Immigration lawyers can offer help by providing the best recourse for those who are having trouble with delayed renewals and those who did not initially apply for DACA.
Your immigration lawyer can explain to you the initial 2012 DACA guidelines. This is very important since your application would be rejected if you miss specific details. Consult your immigration lawyer when you experience delays and rejection in the application and renewal process.
Applying for U.S. Citizenship
Immigration lawyers can help iron out some problems with regards to your application for U.S. citizenship. They will also advise what to do to qualify for U.S. citizenship, and things to avoid like being convicted of one or more crimes involving moral turpitude, and absence from the country for more than six consecutive months.
They’ll explain to you certain qualifications with regards to age, residency, physical presence and good moral character. For instance, the applicant should be 18 years of age, been granted permanent residency as an LPR (green card holder), and has lived for 5 consecutive years (3 years if obtained through a U.S. citizen spouse).
The final step to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is to pass the English and U.S. history and civics test. Your immigration lawyer can give some advice on how to prepare for the test and how to conduct yourself during the actual interview. He can also help you decide whether to retake the English and U.S. history and civics test in case you failed the first time or make an appeal to the USCIS (Note: you only have two chances to pass the test).
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