An in-person interview with USCIS regarding your eligibility for a green card can be an intimidating experience. Moreover, saying the wrong thing can delay the process or result in a denial of your green card altogether. Many people think they should save on legal fees by attending the green card interview without representation. However, doing so can often result in more problems and more costs down the line. It is always wise to hire an immigration lawyer in Orange County to represent you at your interview.(more…)
One of the requirements to apply for U.S. citizenship is that you must be at least 18 years old. This means that adults may qualify for naturalization, but their minor children will not. What happens to your minor child’s immigration status if you obtain citizenship? You should discuss your specific circumstances with an immigration lawyer in Orange County right away.(more…)
Many United States citizens have parents who live in foreign countries, and they want to unite the family in the U.S. There is a specific immigration process to petition the government to allow your parents to join you here, though it is not always an easy one. You should discuss your specific situation with an immigration lawyer in Orange County before you begin the process.(more…)
Many United States citizens wish to marry foreign nationals and live together in the U.S. However, it is imperative that you follow the appropriate immigration protocol in this situation. The U.S. government allows you to petition for a “fiancé” visa, officially called the K-1 Visa.(more…)
Many U.S. citizens have family members living in foreign countries who wish to be reunited. Citizens can sponsor certain family members to become permanent residents, which allows them to remain in the U.S. indefinitely, receive a green card, and have an eventual path to citizenship themselves. If you want to discuss your specific situation, you should contact an immigration lawyer in Orange County. The following is some basic information about sponsoring family members for green cards.(more…)
Getting married is a huge personal step in your life, and one that often confers significant benefits to you and your spouse. If you’ve married a non-citizen, one of these benefits is that your spouse is now eligible for a “Green Card,” or permanent resident status. Once your spouse has a Green Card, he or she can stay in the U.S. indefinitely, is allowed to work, and is a significant step closer to obtaining his or her U.S. citizenship.(more…)
Immigration laws allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deny visas and green cards to individuals that officials believe may become a “public charge” and a so-called drain on government resources. The law does not specifically define who is considered to be a public charge, but it is generally someone who will need to rely on public benefits and government programs to meet their basic needs. Officials have long used guidance regarding public charge determinations that include factors such as the use of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or benefits for long-term care.