Attorney Joseph P. Smith and Attorney Naomi Nguyen handle all of our immigration cases, if you need any assistance with your immigration status please call our office to set up a free consultation. If you would like further information you can contact us on our page regarding any inquiries you may have. Below we have listed various types of cases involving immigration law, we are more than welcome to assist you with any.
Adjustments of legal status: change of an individual’s immigration status while in the U.S. from non-immigrant or parolee (temporary) to immigrant (permanent) if individual was inspected and admitted or paroled into the U.S. and able to meet all required qualifications for green card in a particular category.
Undocumented Aliens: “illegal alien” entered U.S. without inspection or entered U.S. with visa but visa has expired.
Non-immigrant Visas: individuals entering the country for a “temporary” visit generally obtain non-immigrant visas and there are various different non-immigrant visas.
Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card): lawful permanent resident is a status that a non-citizen may obtain in a number of ways such as:
1. Family-Based immigrant Visa: persons who have a familiar relation seek status through a petition filed by a family member or under certain limited circumstances through self petitioning.
2. Employment-Based immigrant Visa: foreign workers may obtain green card if they are able to establish that they have unique skills, or are being offered a job in the U.S. that will not displace a U.S. worker or have an adverse effect on the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers
3. Asylees and Refugees: individuals admitted as refugees or granted asylum in the U.S. may be eligible to apply for green card status within one year of admission (refugees) or of a favorable decision (asylees).
4. Registry: persons who have been in the U.S. continuously for a set period of time and can show “good moral character” may obtain green card
5. Cancellation of Removal: persons of good moral character who have been in U.S. for 10 or more years unusual hardship to their spouse, parent or child who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident may obtain green card
6. Diversity Immigrant Visas: winners of a visa lottery made available to citizens of a designated set of countries can become permanent residency
7. Legalization and Other Special Relief: specific categories of persons may obtain green card though special congressional enactments in the form of amnesty or “legalization” for set groups of people. other individuals may obtain green card through private legislation.
U.S. Citizen: obtained through birth in the U.S. or certain territories or outlying possessions of the U.S., through birth abroad to a parent or parents who were U.S. citizens at time of birth (and meet other requirements), or through naturalization.