Non-Visa Related Issues
Applicants must be present in the United States, and must meet every requirement for naturalization, unless they are persons who fall within special classes that are exempt from some of those requirements.
Deportation and Exclusion Matters
Eligibility for waivers of removability: In certain cases, immigrants can apply for waivers from deportation if they can prove that deporting them would pose an undue hardship to his or her spouse, children, or parents. (This assumes that these relatives are either U.S. citizens or LPRs). The granting of a waiver depends on the reason for deportation, and immigration officials have considerable leeway in making a decision.
Cancellation of Removal: If someone who is already an LPR is targeted for deportation, he or she can apply for a cancellation of removal from the United States. Using a 212(H) waiver or 212(C) waiver - for asylum, which is also called withholding of removal based on the Convention of Torture. The individual must have been a resident of the United States for at least seven years and an LPR for at least five and cannot have committed any serious crimes.
Suspension of Deportation: Another means by which an illegal alien can apply not only to remain in the United States but also obtain LPR status. Family ties, good moral character, and the threat of hardship are key factors.
If you are being deported for any reason, we may be able to either appeal or prove that you qualify for other relief.
IRCA and I-9 Compliance for U.S. Employers
We'll set up a meeting with you and your managers, answer your immigration compliance questions, and help you establish your own system for I-9 certification and employment authorization documents. We'll also analyze your current immigration documentation and, with the utmost attention to attorney-client confidentiality, arrive at a verification process that suits your needs.
Intercountry Adoption is a wonderful option for expanding your family, but the laws governing the process can be quite complex and paperwork-intensive. Working with an expert in adoption law will help ensure that your adoption proceeds smoothly. The waiting time for intercountry adoption,including the home study and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS - formerly INS) approval process, can take from one to three years.
Adoption Attorneys can:
- Provide an unbiased explanation of adoption methods and resources and help you develop a legally secure plan tailored to your needs
- Explain your rights and the adoption laws in your state or refer you to adoption attorneys who practice in other states or internationally.
- Assess the risks involved, including determining what costs are legally permissible and ensuring that the birth parents' rights are legally terminated before placement is finalized.
- Review and negotiate adoption agency contracts to ensure that your interests are served.
- Clarify your options for post-placement arrangements, if any, with birth parent(s) and draft or review an agreement to ensure your best interests and those of the child are served.
Immigration laws have become more rigorous and multifaceted, especially since 9/11. It is easy to make a mistake. Applications must be completed meticulously if they are going to hold up to the heightened level of inspection. Contact Daniel | Williams to inquire about any immigration affairs. Our attorney's are licensed to practice in Texas and Louisiana, and can be reached toll free at (877) 229-9997 or locally at (713) 229-9997.