Practice Areas

Family-Based Immigration Petitions

Many people can immigrate to the United States through family members who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (green card holders). U.S. citizens can petition for their parents, spouses, children and brothers and sisters. Lawful permane…

Immigration Waiver Applications

In order to obtain lawful permanent residence or enter the United States for any reason, a non-U.S. citizen must be admissible. There are many grounds that render people inadmissible including criminal convictions (even minor convictions), fraud, an…

DACA, DAPA and Other Deferred Action

The term “deferred action” refers to actions taken by the U.S. government that provide temporary relief from deportation. As a matter of prosecutorial discretion, the government decides on a case-by-case basis whether to enforce a deporta…

Consular Processing and Adjustment of Status Applications

Once an immigrant petition has been approved and a visa is available, the person can apply for lawful permanent residence (green card) in the United States. Many people who are in the United States are eligible to adjust their status here. However,…

Asylum Applications

A person in the United States who has a well-founded fear of persecution in his or her home country is eligible for asylum.  A year after receipt of asylum, the person becomes eligible for lawful permanent residence. An asylum application can be fil…

U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

Naturalization is the process that allows people to become U.S. citizens. To apply for naturalization, a person must be a lawful permanent resident for a required period of time, usually five or three years. The person must also have spent at least…

Removal (Deportation) Defense

The Department of Homeland Security puts non-U.S. citizens in removal proceedings (also known as deportation proceedings) for many reasons including criminal convictions, fraud, and entering and working in the U.S. without permission. However, often…

Temporary Protected Status

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows people from certain countries to temporarily live and work in the United States. The U.S. government designates the countries based on armed conflict, environmental disasters or other extraordinary and temporar…

Petitions for Review, Habeas Petitions, and Other Immigration Cases in Federal Court

Many people ordered deported by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) may file a Petition for Review with a federal circuit court.  Circuit courts review final removal orders, denial of asylum applications and denials of motions to reopen or recons…

Immigration Consequences of Arrests and Criminal Convictions

Many people can become inadmissible or deportable due to criminal arrests and convictions.  The increase in the number of criminal offenses that affect immigrants has increased dramatically over the years.  Even people who have lived in the Uni…