Jeffrey Y Bennett Law

Jeffrey Y Bennett Law

Jeffrey Y. Bennett Law provides personal service and professional consultaion and representation for immigration, probate, family law, business law, traffic/DUI/DWI, and LGBT issues.

Firm Overview

In our Family and Business Immigration Law practice, we represent persons in removal (deportation), cancellation of removal proceedings, consular processing, and adjustments of status; assist persons or those who are petitioning for a family member to become legal residents or naturalized US citizens; and deal with asylum, juvenile, domestic violence, divorce, immigration consequences on criminal issues, foreign student visas, I-9 compliance, foreign employment visas, and work authorization immigration issues.

We provide representation for all immigration law matters:
Family Immigration
Business Immigration
Removal (Deportation)
Cancellation of Removal
Consular Processing
Adjustment of Status
Waivers
Renewals
I-130 Petitions
Lawfully Permanent Residents
Citizenship and Naturalization
Asylum
Temporary Protective Status (TPS)
Immigration Consequences on Criminal Charges and Convictions
Fianc/ Fiance Visas
Student Visas
Employment (Work) Visas
Employment (Work) Authorization
Business Planning for Non US Citizens
Immigrant Visas
Non-Immigrant Visas
Diversity Lottery Visas
International Adoptions
Guardianships of Foreign Born Children
Same Sex Couples
Divorce involving Foreign Nationals
Domestic Violence
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Probate for Non US Citizens
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Main Office
Main Office
1828 Swift Ave
Suite 104
Kansas City  MO  64116
Phone
  • (816) 759-2776
Fax
  • (816) 759-2769
Websites

Other Offices

JEFFREY Y BENNETT LAW-SEDALIA OFFICE
110 EAST 5TH STREET
SEDALIA,  MO  65301
Green Card
Green Card
Permanent residents of the United States are allowed to petition for eligible relatives who live out of the country to come to the United States and live permanently. Those who may be petitioned for by a permanent resident include a spouse or unmarried child of any age who wishes to immigrate to the United States. Those that are in a family relationship which qualifies one as an eligible permanent United States resident then they are included in the family preference category.

There are different sets of steps for individuals hoping to get a green card while in the United States vs. those who wish to get a green card while living outside of the United States. For those currently living in the United States to earn a green card they must:
1) have their permanent resident relative file Form I-130 for the individual and it must be approved by USCIS.
2) once step one has been completed, and the priority date in the individual's visa category has been met, a form I-485 must be filed. If an individual currently resides outside of the United States and they wish to get a green card, they must petition to become a permanent resident through consular processing.

For more information regarding Green Cards, and the process of obtaining a Green Card, please contact the Law Office of Jeffery Bennett via phone: 816-759-2776 (English), 816-759-2777 (Spanish); or via email: jyb@jybennettlaw.com.
US Visa
US Visa
There is a wide range of nonimmigrant visas, used for many different purposes, with the validity periods ranging from a few days to several years. A visa may be granted to the principal applicant as well as to his/her spouse and minor children. The different temporary or nonimmigrant visa categories are classified by a letter. The following is a brief list of the NONIMMIGRANT visa categories:
A: Diplomatic employees and their households
B: Business visitors or tourists (one of the most common
temporary visas)
C: Passengers passing through at an airport or seaport
D: Previously assigned for crew members, but eliminated in June 2004
E: Investors or persons engaged in commerce
F: Students
G: Employees of international organizations, such as International
Red Cross
H: Professionals, nurses, and cultural workers, temporary/seasonal
workers, trainees (one of the most common temporary visas)
I: Representatives of international media
J: Exchange visitors, such as students, graduate medical trainees, professors and researchers, short-term scholars, camp counselors
K: Fiancs, fiances, spouses of US citizens married abroad
L: Certain employees of international companies
M: Language and vocational students
N: NATO employees
O: Persons with extraordinary skills that are recognized nationally
or internationally
P: Athletes, entertainment groups
Q: Cultural exchange visitors
R: Religious workers, such as Rabbis and Priests
S: Criminal informants
T: Victims of international trafficking in persons
TN: Certain professionals from Canada, Mexico
U: Victims of crimes
V: Spouses and minor children of permanent
residents who are awaiting green cards

The Law Office of Jeffrey Y. Bennett, LLC can help you determine which nonimmigrant visa classification would best suit your goals and craft the application to ensure the highest chance of success. Please contact our Office for a consultation.
US Citizenship
US Citizenship
The most secure immigration status you can have is that of a US citizen. Lawful permanent resident's status can be taken away if you take a lengthy trip outside the US or commit certain criminal acts or violations of immigration law. In contrast, US citizenship affords many advantages, such as ease of travel with a US passport, the right to vote, and to receive priority in your family-based immigration petitions, to confer citizenship on your children, and to qualify for health and social benefits.

In order to apply for citizenship (naturalization), generally you must already have a permanent resident card (green card) for three or five years depending on your current marital status. Other requirements include having lived in the United States for certain amount of time, having English skills, and having knowledge of US history (the last two requirements can be waived in certain circumstances depending on disability, age, and duration of permanent resident status).
Living in the United States legally or becoming a US citizen is a dream for many. Beginning with an immigration application, you can embark on your journey to realize these dreams and aspirations.

USCIS, the agency which adjudicates naturalization applications, imposes specific requirements on permanent residents seeking to naturalize. The Law Office of Jeffrey Y. Bennett, LLC can analyze your unique circumstances to determine if you are eligible to apply for naturalization and we stand by you through each step of the naturalization process, including:

Analyzing your case
Addressing critical problems
Collecting vital evidence
Submitting your application
Preparing you for the naturalization test
Accompanying you to the USCIS interview

Contact our Office today for a consulation at 816-759-2776 English or 816-759-2777 Espanol.
Immigration Law
Immigration Law
Immigration Law encompasses a complex set of laws and regulations that are constantly changing. There are also many government agencies and sub-agencies that play a central role in the immigration process such as the Department of Homeland Security (US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the Department of Justice (Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), and Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL); the Department of State (Bureau of Consular Affairs (BCA), U.S. Consulates Overseas, National Visa Center (NVC), Visa Office (VO), Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), Office of Legislation, Regulations and Advisory Assistance (Advisory Opinion Division), and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA); and the Department of Labor (Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) and Administrative Review Board (ARB). Other agencies and government authorities such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (Division of Global Migration and Quarantine and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Internal Revenue Service, and local and state governments playing supporting roles in affecting one's immigration related matters.

Jeffrey Bennett

Jeffrey Y. Bennett is the founder of JEFFREY Y. BENNETT LAW. He is a member of the Missouri & Kansas Bar and is licensed to practice in the State of Missouri and the United States District Court, District of Kansas, Western District of Missouri. Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

While at law school Jeffrey served as a staff member on the legal journal, Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on State & Local Government, a Law School Emissary, an International Law Society member, and as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA). He was also a Diversity Merit Scholarship recipient and a KCMBA Diversity Clerkship recipient.

As a law student, Jeffrey studied a number of specialized courses including Immigration Law and Policy, I-9 Corporate Compliance, VAWA, Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning and Drafting, Business Planning, Construction Law, Entertainment Law, Entrepreneurial Lawyering, International Human Rights, International Business Transactions, Real Estate Transactions, Employment Discrimination, and Business Torts.

Jeffrey Y. Bennett is currently an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), the Asian American Bar Association of Kansas City (AABAKC), the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, and KC Legal. Jeffrey also serves as a Missouri Notary Public.

Before opening his law practice, Jeffrey worked as a law clerk for John Sommer, a probate attorney in Independence, Missouri; at Stinson, Morrison, Hecker LLP in Kansas City, Missouri; and at the DeBund Law Firm in Shanghai, China.

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