Immigration is an important concern, especially if it concerns the union or separation of your family. If you are dealing with an immigration concern, such as immigration visas for a family member or removal defense, Attorney Jerry Villegas and our team at Cohen Villegas Patel, PLLC can help. We have 40 years of combined experience that we will put on your case. When you work with us, you can expect big firm experience with a small firm price and, more importantly, personalized attention. You will have direct access to our attorneys, who are only a phone call away, and we will help you navigate the legal jargon of immigration processes and make sure you don’t get lost in the shuffle.
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One type of visa available for a foreign citizen seeking to live permanently in the US is the family visa. In this case, the foreigner must be sponsored by an immediate relative who is 21 years or older and is either a US citizen or a US Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). Keep in mind that there are two types of family immigrant visas:
- Immediate Relative – based on a close family relationship with a US citizen, such as a spouse, child, or parent
- Family Preference – for specific, more distant, family relationships with a US citizen and some specified relationships with a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
Note that a US citizen is permitted to file an immigrant visa petition for their spouse, child, parent, or sibling, while a US LPR is permitted to file a visa petition only for their spouse or unmarried child.
Another type of immigrant visa is the employment-based visa. These visas are divided into five preference categories as follows:
- Employment First Preference (E1): Priority Worker and Persons of Extraordinary Ability
- Employment Second Preference (E2): Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability
- Employment Third Preference (E3): Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers (Other Workers)
- Employment Fourth Preference (E4): Certain Special Immigrants
- Employment Fifth Preference (E5): Immigrant Investors
Note that in some cases an employee’s family members may also petition for immigrant visas with their employment-based petition. More specifically, based on the employee’s approved petition, their spouse and minor unmarried children younger than 21 may apply for immigrant visas with them. They will follow a similar process entailing required application forms, required civil documents, required fees, and certain medical examinations.
Charged with a Crime as an Immigrant?
Immigrants may find themselves in a precarious situation if charged with a crime. In Texas, and in federal law, convicted immigrants could face a range of penalties that could harm their immigration status, the harshest of which could be deportation. Crimes like domestic violence, assault, and drug possession could result in criminal immigration proceedings and deportation hearings. Attorney Jerry Villegas has substantial experience with both immigration and criminal matters, so our firm is well-equipped to handle any criminal charges affecting immigration. From deferred action requests to deportation hearings, we will help you protect your immigration status as best we can.
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Ultimately, those who seek to naturalize as a US citizen may do so by obtaining a green card, or permanent resident card. This card gives the individual official immigration status in the US. Individuals who fall under any of the following categories may be eligible to obtain a green card:
- Green Card through Family
- Green Card through Employment
- Green Card as a Special Immigrant
- Green Card through Refugee or Asylee Status
- Green Card for Human Trafficking and Crime Victims
- Green Card for Victims of Abuse
- Green Card through Other Categories
- Green Card through Registry
After determining eligibility, the next steps in the process are to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with USCIS, including all supporting documents and paying the required fees, followed by an interview with the USCIS. If issued, the green card will be valid for 10 years.
Individuals may also renew or replace an existing green card if their current card has or will expire or if the card has been lost or stolen. The main step in to renew or replace a card is to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
If you have immigration questions or seek to petition for an immigrant family member, contact our experienced immigration attorneys at Cohen Villegas Patel, PLLC. Multilingual services available in:
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