We provide legal expertise in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law, including:
Removal and deportation hearing representation
As Immigration Lawyers we provide expert legal advice about United States immigration law and legal representation to a wide range of clients seeking entry to the United States. We serve:
Family members of current U. S. Lawful Permanent Residents or Citizens (by birth or Naturalization)
Persons who want to visit family members in the U.S.
Beneficiaries of the new "DREAM" Act program that grants Deferred Action to young people who came to the U.S. as children
Persons who are being detained by Immigration or who are at risk of being detained by Immigration
Current U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents who wish to seek Naturalization
Blue collar and migrant workers
Foreign or domestic businesses seeking to place employees or establish a business in the U.S.
Diversity lottery recipients
Refugees and those seeking political asylum
Investors and Entrepreneurs
Our firm provides full-service professional legal advice and representation for your immigration and visa needs.
Obtaining a green card indicating lawful permanent residency in the U.S.--is the primary goal of our clients who are planning to enter this country.
If that is your goal, too, please contact the Law Offices of Gloria Vera today to arrange a consultation and to learn how we can help you.
Having lawful permanent residency enables you to live and work in the U.S indefinitely. But because obtaining permanent residency has become more complicated since 9-11, applicants regularly need help navigating the process.
If you wish to enter the U.S. for a temporary period of time, a non-immigrant visa permits you to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security to visit for a specific purpose. That purpose might be for work, schooling, a conference, etc., or to visit the country, friends or family.
A non-immigrant visa differs from an immigrant visa in that the non-immigrant visa only allows a person to enter temporarily, whereas an immigrant visa holder can enter and stay permanently.
The length of time someone can stay in the U.S. depends on the visa status under which they are admitted (for example, specialty occupation). And a person admitted in one status can often change their status in order to stay longer Âor to perform different activities. For instance, a medical school student may want to change his or her status to an employer-sponsored non-immigrant visa once they graduate and find employment (assuming their new employer will sponsor them). Several types of non-immigrant visas also allow a person to extend their status and thereby extend their stay in the U.S.
The process can sometimes be confusing and complicated. Our firm can make it much easier, determining the visa category that is right for you and assisting you with changing status from your current category to the new category. In appropriate cases, we can also obtain legal status and work authorization for your dependent family members.
Naturalization and Special Benefits for Lawful Permanent Residents
We also help current Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S. obtain their citizenship. Often this helps speed up the process of family members who are seeking immigration benefits. Obtaining Citizenship entitles a person to vote, travel freely in and out of the U.S., and obtain public services more easily.
We also provide a wide range of services to people who are currently Lawful Permanent Residents. For example, we represent residents who wish to depart the U.S. temporarily, but for an extended period of time. We also renew "green cards" when they expire or are lost or destroyed. We also analyze criminal matters to determine if they would endanger a person's status.