If you are in deportation court your number one goal is to hire a good lawyer. Unlike criminal court, in immigration court you do not have a right to a public defender. Therefore you must be diligent in hiring the right lawyer. This process is highly stressful and extremely complicated. Your defense is often based on your time in the U.S., employment and family ties. Your lawyer will know what evidence to present to the immigration judge and what witnesses will impact your case in the most positive light. The right lawyer is paramount to success deportation court.
FAMILY PETITIONS AND ADJUSTMENTS
If you are married to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, you may be eligible to have a family petition filed on your behalf. Likewise if you have a U.S. citizen child or a sibling, you may also be eligible to have a family petition filed on your behalf. In many cases you may be eligible to adjust your status in the U.S. This will all depend on the circumstances of your case. Prior to starting any legal process you should consult with a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer.
There are many factors that can affect your application for residency. For example, unlawful/illegal presence, fraud, domestic violence, gun crimes and drug crimes. In these cases your lawyer will know what waiver/pardon you are eligible to utilize. In many cases you can file your waiver/pardon in the U.S. and wait for a decision while remaining here with your family.
Victims of crimes are eligible to gain lawful status here in the U.S. A victim of a crime can apply for a U visa and eventually earn lawful permanent residency. Here are some tips you should follow if you are a victim of a crime: you need to report the crime to law enforcement immediately. You should cooperate with the investigation and offer your assistance every step of the case. Finally, meet with an attorney who has experience with U visas to see if you are eligible for this type of visa.
NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP
Once you have been a lawful permanent resident for a certain duration of time youmay be eligible for citizenship. However, certain factors can affect your application. For example crimes, like DUI, domestic violence and drug offenses, can disqualify you for citizenship. Additionally, time spent outside the U.S. may also disqualify you for citizenship.
In many cases a fiance visa is a quicker and less costly way to achieve lawful status. Once the applicant has been issued a fiance visa he/she has a limited amount of time to act on that visa. Please consult with a licensed attorney to better understand this process.
DACA AND ADVANCE PAROLE
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a unique program offered to people that have resided in the U.S. since arriving as children. Once in DACA status, the applicant has a limited right to travel internationally. Traveling abroad and returning to the U.S. pursuant to a grant of Advance Parole, may qualify an applicant for lawful status in the U.S. Please consult with a licensed attorney to better understand this process.
Serving our country is truly a noble and brave accomplishment. Applicants who have certain family members in the military, or are retired military, may qualify for immigration benefits. This process can be complicated, please consult with a licensed attorney to understand this process.