An immigration attorney assists with immigration matters, but what does that really mean? Immigration law services are more than simply filing the right paperwork or letting you know what kind of visa you can apply for. Learn the real role of an immigration lawyer.
Asylum services help people who are in danger in their home countries apply for asylum in the U.S. You are eligible for asylum if you believe you would be persecuted in your home country due to religion, political opinion, social status, nationality, or race. You must claim asylum on entry to the U.S. or within one year, in most cases.
If you violate immigration laws, falsify legal documents, fail to register in the U.S., or get convicted of a crime, the U.S. government may try to remove you from the country. If you or a loved one faces removal or deportation, an immigration attorney can help by representing you in removal hearings, fighting for your right to remain in this country, and challenging the grounds for your removal.
Visas give you permission to stay in the U.S. Visas are granted for one year and must be renewed.
There are special visa options for immigrants at risk of harm. The T visa offers special immigration status to victims of human trafficking, while the U visa offers protection to crime victims who cooperate with law enforcement.
Visa applications can be complicated, and they often come with a long waiting time that can be frustrating for applicants, who feel in limbo until the matter is resolved. An immigration lawyer can find out what’s really going on and counsel you through the process, so you feel supported.
Immigration Bond Proceedings
If you are accused of a crime and are not a U.S. citizen, you risk arrest and removal. An immigration bond can put a stay in place, which will keep you from being removed while the legal matter proceeds. A bond is a financial guarantee that you will appear in court when requested and cooperate with the authorities. While certain types of crime exclude you from eligibility for immigration bonds, most immigrants can qualify for an immigration bond.
Cancellation of Removal
If you face removal from the U.S., you may be eligible for cancellation of removal. The rules are different for legal permanent residents than for non-permanent residents, and the requirements can be difficult to prove. An immigration attorney can listen to your story, help you determine whether you may be eligible for cancellation or removal, and gather the evidence to support your story.
Immigration Divorce Cases
Immigration divorce matters can be complicated, especially if one spouse received an immigration status through the marriage. Dissolving the marriage does not have to lead to deportation. If you seek a divorce and have an immigration consideration, it’s essential to have an attorney who understands your need for both immigration and family law matters.
Get Help With an Immigration Law Matter Now
Immigration matters can be scary. You may not know who to turn to or what to expect. It is critical that you have an immigration lawyer by your side who can explain everything, let you know your options, and fight hard for your rights under U.S. law. Our immigration attorneys at Carman Fullerton, PLLC, can help you with any immigration matter. To speak with an immigration lawyer, contact us online or call 859-469-4880 now.
Attorney Kirby J. Fullerton
Mr. Fullerton’s practice is focused on immigration law. He speaks Spanish, and represents clients in cases before the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He began his career practicing criminal defense, and understands how matters in criminal courts can affect a client’s immigration status. [Attorney Bio]