Experienced Immigration Attorney In Gainesville, FL
Are you or a family member considering immigration of any kind, or are you seeking to avoid a deportation or removal from the United States? At the Torres Law Firm, P.A., we are experienced in handling administrative matters (i.e., petitions, applications, requests for information, etc.) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The first step in living permanently in the United States is obtaining an immigrant visa. To be eligible to apply, you must be sponsored by a:
- U.S. citizen relative;
- U.S. lawful permanent resident; or
- A prospective employer.
Though there are a few exceptions, the process begins with the sponsor filing a petition on your behalf with USCIS, an agency which ensures noncitizens don’t commit immigration fraud or violate immigration rules and regulations and operates within the DHS.
Why Consult With an Immigration Lawyer
Immigration law in the United States is complicated. Laws and regulations are subject to change on a regular basis, and the many documents required for submission when applying for immigration can be time-consuming and arduous. A Gainesville immigration lawyer with Torres Law Firm, P.A. will help you maneuver the immigration process.
Immigrating to a New Country
The U.S. laws governing visa policies and procedures have recently changed resulting in an increased amount of time it can take to secure a visa. A consultation with an immigration attorney in Gainesville, FL early in the process can help you determine which of these visas or others is appropriate for your immigration case.
This visa is for certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
Intercountry Adoption Visa
Used when adopting orphans from other countries.
This visa is based on permanent employment or investment by entrepreneurs.
Special Immigrant Visa
Based on special categories, including former U.S. government employees and religious workers.
These visas are available through an annual program for eligible people from certain countries.
Adjusting Immigration Status
Adjustment of status is the procedure immigrants legally living in the United States go through to receive permanent status through a green card. Through this procedure, immigrants don’t have to return to their home country to complete visa processing. Even then, the legal process for filing for and receiving a green card can be complex.
To apply for a green card through adjustment of status, all required qualifications must be met in your particular immigrant category.
The process for adjustment of status is:
- File a petition;
- File Form I-485;
- Submit to photographs & fingerprinting;
- Attend your interview.
If your application is denied, you’ll be notified of your appeal rights. Though not all denials can be appealed, if your decision is eligible, the appeal must be done within 30 days of the decision. Contact the Torres Law Firm, P.A. today for an immigration lawyer Gainesville immigrant residents can count on to help them through the adjustment of status process.