Family Based Immigration
Immigration Lawyers for Your Family & Business
We are bilingual (English/Spanish) immigration attorneys located in the United States who can help you with your or your family’s immigration case, your green card case, or your company’s work visa issues. Because of the truly international nature of the practice of immigration law, and the fact that it is based on federal immigration policy, we are able to help you no matter where you are located in the world.
Working through the immigration laws and regulations established by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) gets more difficult every year, as one can see in the news on immigration regarding immigration reform. Our Law Firm mostly handles family based petitions for green cards andnaturalization and citizenship cases. We help families fighting the system to get a visa for their relatives; individuals wrestling with the requirements for getting a K-1 fiancée visa or a K-2 or K-3 marriage visa; and foreign nationals who have entered the U.S. legally, but have overstayed their visas but have fallen in love with a U.S. Citizen in the meantime. The rules and regulations seem endless, and it may seem as if there is no place to turn. We can help you.
Because immigration law is federal, the practice of immigration law is not local or even limited to the domestic United States, but rather, it is truly the most international law that exists. Thus, being located in the middle of the United States in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, we can help you no matter where you or your loved ones live, whether in the United States or anywhere else in the world.
Many clients ask “why do I need an attorney to help me with my Immigration process?”
The answer is different depending on who you are. To say that the immigration process is frustrating is obvious. Filling out all the necessary forms can be tedious and if done incorrectly your petition may be returned or even denied. Knowing exactly which visas and benefits you are eligible to receive is also another challenge. Knowing exactly what problems you may face before even starting can give you the edge to better prepare your case. Problems such as: Will you need a waiver? Will you need to pay any additional immigration fees? Will you need a co-sponsor? Will you or your famly member or loved one have to leave the United States?
Through our office you can expect the help and support to properly complete your petitions, receive updates on your case, and assist you with any questions you may have along the way. Most cases are handled on a flat fee basis. You will know exactly how much your process will cost at the begnning of the process. We always welcome questions.
Another benefit we can offer is to help prepare you for your interview before the Immigration officer. You will know what questions to expect, which documents to bring with you, and safe in the knowledge that your attorney is with you during your interview.
Family Based Immigration
• I-130 Relative Visa Petitions
• I-485 Adjustment of Status Petitions
• One Step Permanent Residency Petitions for Foreign Wife or Husband
• Consular Processing
• I-751 Removal of Conditions of Permanent Residency
• K Visas for Fiancé(e)s
• V Visas (Life Act)
Naturalization & Citizenship
• N-400 Applications for Citizenship
• N-600/N-643 Applications for Certificates of Citizenship
• N-565 Replacement of Citizenship Documents
Deportation (now known as “Removal”) Defense
• Detained Foreign Nationals
• Immigration Bonds
• Immmigration Court
• Deportation Defenses
• Cancellation of Removal
• Voluntary Departure
Other Immigration Cases We Handle
• AR-11 Change of Address
• Temporary Protective Status (TPS) Renewals
• I-90 Application for Replacement of Permanent Residency Card (Green Card)
American Immigration Lawyers Association (www.aila.org) Board of Immigration Appeals (www.justice.gov/eoir/biainfo.htm): This website from the U.S. Department of Justice contains precedent decisions as well as a practice manual. Bureau of Consular Affairs (www.travel.state.gov): Find visa types, preference categories, processing times, numerical limits, and the Foreign Affairs Manual on this U.S. Department of State website. Immigration Defense Project (www.immigrantdefenseproject.org): Formerly an initiative of the New York State Defender’s Association, the IDP defends the legal, constitutional and human rights of immigrants facing criminal charges; the website is an amazing resource with practical tips and guidance. Immigration Legal Resource Center (www.ilrc.org): The ILRC website offers policy updates, newsletters on recent developments, and practical assistance on immigration issues. National Immigration Project (www.nationalimmigrationproject.org): This website for this project of the National Lawyers Guild has a wealth of information and resources. Office of Defender Services (www.fd.org): This website contains excellent practical advice on defending non-citizens in criminal cases adn has a very useful paper on post-Padilla criminal practice. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (www.uscis.gov): Access all petitions and applications for free, as well as the text of the Immigration and Naturaliztion Act (INA). U.S. Code (www.gpoaccess.gov/uscode): Access the U.S. Code on this page of the Government Printing Office website. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (www.ice.gov): The website of the investigative agency for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security contains the Online Detainee Locator System, which allows you to search for a client detained by ICE, as well as the Freedom of Inofrmation Act Reading Room.