Immigration Attorney

Immigration Law

If you need to adjust your status (Green Card), obtain a visa, apply for a number of immigration matters or are in need of immigration defense, contact a Spanish-speaking immigration lawyer in Gainesville, FL at Torres Law Firm, P.A.

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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.

Family-Based Visa

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.

Employment-Based Visa

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.

Diversity Visa

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.
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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.

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Defend Deportation & Removal Cases

Facing removal from the U.S. is quite stressful for a non-citizen. Deportation may be a possibility if an immigrant has entered the country illegally, violated the terms of a visa, or has been convicted of a crime. However, an immigrant generally can’t be deported by the DHS unless the person is given the chance to present his/her case before an immigration judge. Contact an immigration attorney in Gainesville, FL from Torres Law Firm, P.A. for a consultation regarding your removal case and to help you understand your options.

Voluntary Departure

An accused immigrant leaves the country voluntarily. This option may allow them to return to the U.S. sooner than if it is a forced deportation.

Cancellation of Removal

If you can show you meet specific requirements, you may be able to cancel removal or deportation and permanently stay in the United States. But, this option is only available once.

Adjustment of Status

In some cases, you might have the ability to lawfully change your immigration status to permanent resident.


If you can prove it’s unsafe to return to your home country due to political, religious, social, or gender based persecution, you may be able to stay in the country.


Depending on the situation, you may be able to appeal a deportation or removal order to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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Student Visa

After gaining admission to a Student and Exchange Visitor Program-certified school, international students are eligible to apply for a student visa. Because the student visa process can be extensive and complex, it’s imperative to start the process early with the support of an immigration attorney Gainesville, FL who knows the process in and out.  

The F-1 is the most common type of student visa, allowing a foreign national to enter the United State temporarily as a full-time academic or language student. For help understanding if you meet all necessary requirements for an F-1 student visa, contact an immigration lawyer in Gainesville with Torres Law Firm, P.A.

Why You Need an Immigration Lawyer

The complex process to apply for immigration alone can create barriers, but language barriers can make the experience worse. A Spanish-speaking immigration attorney can break through the barrier simplifying the entire process. Torres Law Firm, P.A. is a Latin firm in North Florida that has worked with many Spanish-speaking immigrants seeking to gain a green card, learn their options in deportation and removal cases, or to attain a student visa for higher education. We understand immigration law and strive for the best outcome for each of our clients. Contact our immigration law firm in Gainesville, FL today for a consultation.

We are also experienced in defending deportation and removal cases before the immigration court. Call us to help you with any of the following matters or any other related immigration matter.

  • Deportation Defense
  • Adoptions
  • Asylum
  • Employment / Business / Investment Visas
  • Motions to Reopen
  • Board of Immigration Appeals
  • DAPA
  • Immigration Reform
  • Labor Certification
  • Prosecutorial Discretion Requests
  • U VISA
  • Student Visa
  • Stay of Deportation Requests
  • DACA
  • All Renewals
  • Extraordinary Ability Petitions
  • Marriage Visa
  • Removal of Conditions
  • Temporary Protected Status
  • Waivers
  • Temporary Visa for Human Trafficking Victims

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