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Memphis Immigration Law Attorney

Are you in need of a lawyer knowledgeable in the specialized filed of U.S. immigration law? We can help you understand the complicated statutory and regulatory requirements individuals must meet in order to obtain a visa, permanent residence, asylum, and/or citizenship for themselves and their their families.

Immigration Court and Removal Proceedings

The right to live and work in the United States is something that many people strive for, and if you are facing deportation and removal proceedings in immigration court, it is not something to take lightly. Even if things look grim there are many avenues that may be pursued to allow you legal status in the U.S. For example, asylum (if you are a ‘refugee’), withholding and/or cancellation of removal may allow you to stay in this country and apply for adjustment of status, and eventually reach your goal of becoming an American citizen. Although some people try to challenge their deportation alone, hiring an experienced immigration attorney is truly the best move that you can make.

Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based Immigration

One of the primary methods a person can seek Lawful Permanent Resident Status (LPR) (and possibly naturalization —> eventual citizenship) is to be sponsored by their spouse, parent, minor, or even adult children. Lawful permanent residents can even sponsor their spouse, and in some cases, their children. Employers can also sponsor an individual for a specific employment position, if there is arguably an absence of qualified U.S. workers.

Criminal Law and Immigration Consequences

It is an advantage to hire an immigration attorney with experience in criminal law, especially if you have any past or pending criminal charges, as these can lead to your removal, affect your immigration court case, and lead to inadmissibility. Although a waiver may sometimes be possible, crimes such as DUI’s, other misdemeanors, and of course, felonies can have serious consequences on your immigration status, and you should consult with an attorney with knowledge and experience in both immigration and criminal law.

Non-Immigrant Visas

If you wish to live and work in the United States, you may qualify for a non-immigrant visa [1].  Although visas, especially those that allow you to work in the U.S., are sometimes limited and hard to get (many are capped), it is often an endeavor worth undertaking, and you will never know whether you qualify until you try. The first step should be to consult with an immigration attorney, as filing the proper forms and applications and dealing with federal agencies [2], is something that is best done with the help of experienced counsel.

[1] Types of Nonimmigrant Visas

A, career diplomats; B, temporary visitors for business and pleasure; C, aliens in transit; D, crewmembers; E, treaty traders and investors; F, students; G, international organization representatives; H, temporary workers; I, foreign media representatives; M, students in non-academic institutions; N parents and children of special immigrants; O, aliens with extraordinary abilities; P, entertainers; Q, cultural exchange program participants; R, religious workers; and TN, for NAFTA professionals.

[2] Federal Government Oversight of Immigration Laws

The Department of Homeland Security contains three agencies the U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement (CBE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which together replaced the functions of the former INS. The immigration courts fall under the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which falls under the Executive Office for Immigration Review, itself under the Department of Justice.

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