The firm has substantial experience in successfully handling individual and business immigration matters, including adjustments of status, consular processing, VAWA, U visa, V visa, employment based (H, L, E) visas, and EB5 cases, and defense of deportation cases.
Federal immigration law determines whether a person is an alien, and associated legal rights, duties, and obligations of aliens in the United States. It also provides means by which certain aliens can become naturalized citizens with full rights of citizenship.
Immigration law serves as a gatekeeper for the nation’s border: it determines who may enter, how long they may stay and when they must leave.
For immigration purposes, an “alien” is any person who is not a citizen or a national of the United States. There are different categories of aliens: resident and nonresident, immigrant and nonimmigrant, documented and undocumented (“illegal”).
The goals in immigration policies are achieved by granting or denying visas. There are two types of visas: immigrant and nonimmigrant. Nonimmigrant visas are primary issued to tourists and temporary business visitors. Nonimmigrant visas are divided into eighteen main categories, and the number of visas in most categories is not limited. Only a few categories of nonimmigrant visas allow their holders to work in the United States. Immigrant visas permit their holders to stay in the United States permanently and ultimately to apply for citizenship. An alien who has an immigrant visa is permitted to work in the United States. Congress limits the overall number of immigrant visas, which were 675,000 in 1995. Many immigrant visas are also subject to per-country caps.