If you have an immigration issue you need to address, it is best to have an experienced immigration lawyer to assist you. At Joseph & Hall, P.C., we have experienced attorneys who help clients in the Aurora area to address or solve their immigration issues.
Our Aurora immigration lawyers handle a variety of immigration cases, including the following:
If you or your relative seeks to live permanently in the United States based on your familial relationship to a United States citizen or Green Card holder, then the relative requires an immigrant visa. The process to obtain this immigrant visa requires the relative who is a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder to file a petition. The U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years old.
The law divides the familial relationships into two categories, and which one applies under will determine how long it will take for the foreign relative to migrate. These categories are as follows:
Immediate Relative. An immediate relative is someone who has a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen, such as a spouse, child, or parent. There is no limit to how many immigrant visas can be given under this category on an annual basis. This means if you are an immediate relative, you will be approved and receive your green card ahead of everyone else who applies for the green card at the same time but in a different category.
Family Preference. These are visas for specific, more removed, family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified familial relationships with a Green Card holder. The number of immigrant visas available under this category is limited each year, which has created a backlog, meaning one may have to wait sometimes years before they get their green card under this category.
To obtain an immigrant visa (Green Card) the applicant’s prospective employer or agent must first obtain a labor certification approval from the Department of Labor if the job is in a category that requires labor certification. If the certification is required and is obtained by the prospective employer, then the employer can file Form I-40 Petition for Alien Worker with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Once the I-140 petition is approved, the foreign worker can apply for permanent residency, and their processing times for their green card will depend on what subcategory of the employment-based visa categories they apply under.
Some foreign workers are exempt from the requirement to have an employer first file a petition, and these are individuals with extraordinary abilities in their respective fields of endeavor.
If you or a loved one has been placed in deportation or removal proceedings, you need an experienced deportation defense attorney to stop the government from deporting you or your loved one. If you or your loved one has been taken into custody, it is important that you talk to an immigration attorney to secure their release.
Whether it is deportation or obtaining a green card through employment or family relationship, contact the experienced Aurora immigration lawyers today to discuss and find a solution for your immigration problem or issue.
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