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A person can be placed in removal proceedings (deportation proceedings) through any interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) if they are out of status, have a prior order of removal, have violated their visa status, or commit a crime or fraud that makes them removable.
The U.S. government initiates removal proceedings by issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA), which is a charging document that includes the allegations in the case against the defendant. The NTA may include a hearing date and location. If not, the government will generally mail a separate document with the date and location for the proceedings.
Don’t hesitate to contact me to defend you against removal proceedings.
To qualify for asylum, you must establish that you are a refugee who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country of nationality, or last habitual residence if you have no nationality, because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. This means that you must establish that race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion was or will be at least one central reason for your persecution.
If you are granted asylum, you and any eligible spouse or child included in your application can remain and work in the United States and may eventually adjust to lawful permanent resident status.
Don’t hesitate to contact me to learn more about asylum eligibility.
There are generally five ways to become a citizen of the United States:
First, you are a U.S. citizen if born in the U.S. or in an unincorporated U.S. territory.
Second, if one or both of your parents are U.S. citizens and you are born outside the U.S., then under certain circumstances you may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth (“acquisition of citizenship at birth”).
Third, if you meet certain criteria and pass a citizenship test, you may become a citizen through “naturalization.”
Fourth, if one or both of your parents become citizens through naturalization and you are a lawful permanent resident under 18 years old living with your parent(s) in the U.S. at the time, then you automatically derive citizenship (“derivation of citizenship”).
Lastly, if you are under 18 and living outside the U.S. in the legal and physical custody of a U.S. citizen parent who was physically present in the U.S. for five years (two of which was after age 14), then you may acquire citizenship by applying during the course of a lawful admission to the U.S.
The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.
You may be eligible for a U nonimmigrant visa if:
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is an immigration classification available to certain undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents. SIJS is a way for immigrants under 21 to apply for and obtain legal permanent residence in the United States.
There are very specific requirements for a child to qualify for SIJS, and the criteria are:
A citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States may file a Petition for Alien Relative with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to establish the existence of a relationship to certain foreign national relatives who wish to immigrate to the United States.
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you may file a petition for:
If you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you may petition for: