“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American Life”
– President John F. Kennedy
The current immigration system of the United States is mostly based on family relations. As such, depending on your circumstances, there exist several viable paths to legal permanent residency (green card).
Among them are:
- Fiancée Visas
- Marriage Petitions
- Family Petitions
- Removal of Conditions on Permanent Residence
- LGBT Fiancé(e) and Marriage Petitions
Since the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, LGBTQ+ individuals are eligible for the same federal immigration benefits as anyone else. We firmly believe that love is love.
Our team can assist you in petitioning for your children, your spouse, and your fiancée among other family members.
Contact us to schedule your consultation.
Deportation and Removal Defense
“I’m the daughter of refugees. The immigrant mentality is to work hard, be brave, and never give up in your pursuit of achieving the American dream.”
– Reshma Saujani
Removal and Deportation proceedings can be one of the most stressful moments in a family’s life. During these proceedings, a judge will ultimately determine if you will stay in this country or not. The immigrant carries the burden of demonstrating to the judge why he/she should be allowed to remain in the United States.
Unfortunately, if the immigrant cannot afford an attorney, the government will not appoint one, and the person will have to represent himself/herself. Being represented by an experienced immigration attorney who is familiar with these proceedings may make the difference in an individual staying in the U.S. or being removed to their home country. Our office accepts payment plans to make legal representation more accessible.
Call us to schedule a consultation so we may explore your options and formulate the best strategy to defend your case. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for different forms of relief to avoid deportation, including but not limited to:
- Cancellation of Removal
- Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Relief under the Convention Against Torture
- VAWA Cancellation of Removal
- Adjustment of Status before the Court
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
– Emma Lazarus, Statue of Liberty
Under federal law, anyone from another country may seek asylum in the United States. If you are in the U.S. and fear returning to your country because of past persecution, or will suffer persecution because of race, religion, nationality or membership to a social group, you may seek protection to remain in the U.S.
In recent years, the asylum process in the U.S. has become increasingly stringent and complicated. Our team has successfully represented families and individuals from all over the world seeking protection in the U.S.
Call us to schedule a consultation today.
“My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once too.”
– President Barack Obama
An immigration waiver is a pardon of an immigration violation. Depending on the type of violation, you may be able to qualify for a waiver and remain or become a legal permanent resident. Under U.S. immigration law, there are different types of waivers available with different requirements, including but not limited to:
- Unlawful Presence Waivers
- Waivers of Criminal Behavior
- Waivers for Fraud or Misrepresentation
- Waivers of Prior Removal
- General waivers of inadmissibility
Call us to schedule a consultation. Attorney Camila Pachon Silva will determine whether you qualify for a waiver and the strategic plan to present the best possible case to increase the chances of approval.
Work Visas and Labor Certification
“More than any other nation on Earth, America has constantly drawn strength and spirit from wave after wave of immigrants. In each generation, they have proved to be the most restless, the most adventurous, the most innovative, the most industrious of people. Bearing different memories, honoring different heritages, they have strengthened our economy, enriched our culture, renewed our promise of freedom and opportunity for all…”
– President Bill Clinton
American companies have the ability to petition for foreign national workers. Depending on the circumstances, the American company may be willing to sponsor you for a temporary visa or permanent residence.
Give us call to explore your professional options:
- L-1B Visa
- H-1B Visa
- TN Visa
- H-2B Visa
- Labor Certification
Investor and Entrepreneur Visas
“The American dream lives as long as we welcome new dreamers to America”
– Westy Egmont
The United States is one of the top investment destinations in the world. Consequently, our immigration system provides potential paths to residency or legal status via business interests in an effort to promote economic development.
Are you interested in buying, starting, or investing in a business in the U.S.?
The following visas might be viable paths depending on your circumstances.
Let us guide you in your journey. Schedule your consultation today!
Artists, Athletes, and Foreign Nationals of Extraordinary Ability
“Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.”
– Robert F. Kennedy
The United States has always attracted the best and the brightest. Our immigration system allows for certain athletes, entertainers, educators, businesspersons, scientists, artists and individuals of extraordinary abilities to enter the U.S. under special visas and, in certain circumstances, apply for Legal Permanent Residence.
Give us a call if you believe you meet the requirements under these qualifiers.
- O Visa
- P visa
- National Interest Waiver Petitions
“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency & propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.”
– President George Washington
The immigration system of the United States includes special types of visas for those who have been victims of domestic violence or other violent crimes, such as human trafficking. People who qualify for these special visas may eventually obtain legal permanent residence.
Before starting her own law firm, Attorney Pachon Silva was the lead attorney for a non-profit organization which exclusively represented survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes.
If you have been a victim of a crime and believe you qualify for one of the following, please give us a call.
- U visa – Victims of Violent Crimes
- T visa – Victims of Human Trafficking (Labor and Sex)
- VAWA – Victims of Domestic Violence
“This was the secret of America: a nation of people with the fresh memory of old traditions who dared to explore new frontiers, people eager to build lives for themselves in a spacious society that did not constrict their freedom of choice and action”
– President John F. Kennedy
Becoming a U.S. citizen is an honor that grants an individual several benefits such as voting, qualifying for certain federal jobs, and petitioning family members.
The requirements for naturalization will vary depending on the manner in which you became a green card holder.
Our team will:
1) review your immigration history to determine eligibility,
2) prepare all required documentation for the process,
3) prepare you for the interview at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, and
4) attend the interview with you.
Do not wait any longer to begin this process. Become a U.S. Citizen!
Give us a call.
“Every American who has ever lived, with the exception of one group, was either an immigrant himself or a descendant of immigrants.”
– President John F. Kennedy
Foreign nationals in the United States under a non-immigrant visa may extend their stay in the United States for an additional period of time.
As long as your extension petition is filed before your stay expires, you will be allowed to remain in the United States until a final decision is made on your petition.
Call us to extend your extend your stay in the U.S.
- B1/B2 Extension
Appeals & Motions
“Immigrants today come from all corners of the world, representing every race and creed. They work hard. They practice their faith. They love their families. And they love this country. We would not be a great nation today without them. But whether we remain true to that history and heritage is a major challenge.”
– Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
Generally, an unfavorable decision in your case may be reviewed again either via an appeal or a motion. These can be done through:
- Motions to Reopen
- Motions to Reconsider
- Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
- Appeals to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO)
Both motions and appeals, however, have very rigid time restrictions. Contact us if you are interested in appealing or filing a motion in your case.
“The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources, nourished by so many cultures and traditions and people”
– President Lyndon B. Johnson
Many of the world’s top educational institutions are in the United States. Graduating from an American University can lead to career success anywhere in the world.
Furthermore, besides becoming fluent in another language, the experience of studying abroad will provide cross-cultural competence and life-long memories.
If you are interested in applying for a student visa, call us. We will guide you through the process.
- F1/F2 Visa
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