What Can Our Houston Immigration Attorneys Do for You?
For many people, working with an immigration attorney is the smart choice – and it may be for you, too. You have the right to hire legal counsel for any immigration case, whether you’re petitioning the U.S. government for a visa or a green card, applying for citizenship, or facing removal proceedings. We’re here to walk you through the process so you get the best possible outcome. Our Houston immigration attorneys can assist you with:
- Business immigration
- Family immigration
- Green cards
- Immigration appeals
- Deportation and removal proceedings
Some family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can come to the United States through family immigration. The government prioritizes family members by category; for example, spouses of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents have a higher priority than siblings do. Not all family members are eligible to immigrate to the U.S., and those who are eligible must meet admissibility criteria. Generally, it’s a good idea to talk to one of our Houston immigration attorneys about your family’s options based on the relationships you share.
People from foreign countries often need a visa to visit, work, or attend school in the United States. Some visas offer a pathway to U.S. citizenship, while others do not. If you intend to come to the U.S. to gain citizenship, it’s a good idea to talk to a Houston immigration attorney about what visa is right for you. Entering the United States on the wrong type of visa can prevent you from applying for a green card (and eventually, citizenship); worse, entering on a visa that doesn’t apply to your circumstances and using that visa to fraudulently obtain citizenship can result in removal from the United States with a bar to reentry.
Green Cards and Lawful Permanent Residency
When you come to the United States, you may be eligible to petition the government for lawful permanent residency. When you’re a lawful permanent resident, or LPR, the U.S. government gives you a green card (that’s why LPRs are often called “green card-holders”). As a lawful permanent resident with a green card, you’re allowed to live or work anywhere in the country without getting any additional permits. You have to meet certain criteria in order to get a green card. If the U.S. government gives you a green card to establish your lawful permanent residency in the United States, you can later apply to become a U.S. citizen.
Immigration judges aren’t perfect, and sometimes they issue decisions that we don’t agree with. If an immigration judge has issued an adverse decision in your case, such as denying you a green card or ordering you to be removed from the United States, you may be able to appeal. There are a couple of ways you can appeal an immigration decision, so it’s a good idea to talk to a Houston immigration attorney about your options.
Companies can bring in foreign talent, open a new office in the United States from abroad, or hire temporary workers. U.S. immigration law governs the visas that bring alien workers into the U.S., as well as creates requirements that companies and organizations must meet. The U.S. Department of Labor has specific guidelines for employers, as well. Most employers can benefit from working with a Houston business immigration attorney to ensure compliance with U.S. laws.
Deportation and Removal Proceedings
There are several reasons the U.S. government could start removal proceedings against you. During removal proceedings, you have the right to legal representation – that means you can hire an attorney to answer your questions, file petitions on your behalf and even argue your case in front of the judge when possible. If you’re deported from the United States, you’ll have a bar to reentry placed on your record; that bar can last several years or it could last forever. For most people facing removal proceedings, the best course of action is to work with a skilled, knowledgeable immigration attorney who’s on your side.