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What are some options to adjust your immigration status in Atlanta?

April 21, 2020

An adjustment of status in the United States is one of the ways in which an immigrant can obtain a green card. Through this process, an eligible person can obtain a number of benefits, such as permission to stay in the country, even if your nonimmigrant visa expires. Therefore, through an adjustment of status we a person can get a step closer to applying for legal permanent residence in the United States. This immigration process can be an option for foreigners who reside within the country and comply with a series of documents and requirements that we will explain in this new Blog. Three important requirements for adjusting your status Many people do not know if they are eligible for an adjustment of their status. This is understandable given the numerous changes that the administration of the United States government continually makes. Not all immigrants in the country are eligible to make an adjustment to their status. To begin with, an applicant for adjustment of status must meet the requirements for permanent residency. If a person does not meet these requirements they may be denied and subsequently deported. For this reason, it is very important to seek help from an immigration lawyer who knows how to handle adjustment of status and permanent residence cases. Here are the requirements you must meet to make an adjustment of status in the United States: Physical presence in the United States. If the situation is that you do not reside in the country at the time of the adjustment of status, you cannot carry out any procedure related to this goal. First of all, it is necessary to apply for an immigrant visa at the consulate or embassy of your country of origin. Legal admission in the United States. As we previously mentioned, in order for you to make the adjustment of status, you must have a physical presence in the United States. However, when entering the country you must pass through an entry post, where an officer allows you to enter and will legally admit you into the country. Do not become a public charge. In the past month, the Trump administration approved the new Public Charge standard, which specifies and adds the specific elements for which a person is considered a public charge in the United States and cannot apply for adjustment of status. According to the USCIS, a person is considered a public charge if he or she is likely to depend on the government to survive in the country. Therefore, foreigners who wish to adjust their status must present the necessary evidence to prove that they can support themselves and are not likely to need help supporting themselves. For instance having a job, a place to live, owning a home can help.  Adjustment of status through your family or work As you may know, adjustment of status is a process that allows an immigrant to apply for lawful permanent residence status without having to leave the United States. One of the simplest ways that the Zambrano & Ruiz immigration law firm advises clients to pursue is to make the adjustment […]

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An Overview of Deportation Basics

November 8, 2019

The United States reserves the right to deport foreigners who participate in criminal acts, threaten public safety or violate the detailed specifications on their visas. Crossing the border without documentation or with forged documentation counts as a criminal act and can make you eligible for deportation from the country. Even when you enter the United States with the appropriate visa, if you violate the terms of that visa, you may also be eligible for deportation. There are many ways to be expelled from the United States: accelerated deportation, reinstatement of deportation, administrative deportation, regular deportation … You can know what type of proceedings you’re in based on the document the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given you to explain your removal. However, you can and should contact an immigration lawyer to find out your legal status. Expedited removal Accelerated deportation occurs when you are arrested at or near the border. The accelerated or expedited detention and deportation law was passed by Congress over 20 years ago and the measure was applied to the first 100 miles from the border. However, in July 2019, the law was adapted to the whole country for undocumented immigrants who had been in the country for less than 2 years. If you fear you may fall into this category, don’t panic. Contact an immigration lawyer and follow these recommendations: Gather evidence to prove your physical presence within the U.S. This evidence will help you avoid an expedited deportation process. Keep original documents. If you are arrested, you won’t be able to access the documents that prove your presence in the U.S, so someone your trust must be able to access the documents.   Reinstatement of removal The restoration of deportation is a process linked to expedited or accelerated deportation. It occurs when you are arrested for entering the United States without documentation after being previously deported. In this case, deportation will be reordered without a hearing before an immigration judge, even if your circumstances have changed. Administrative removal Administrative removal occurs if DHS (Department of Homeland Security) says that you have been convicted of a violent crime and, therefore, are not a permanent legal resident of the United States. How to know the status of my deportation? If the document you have is a “Notice of Appearance,” then your regular deportation process has begun. If your document is an “Order to prove cause”, then you are in deportation proceedings. Finally, a document labeled as I-110 or I-122 means that you are being deported. The Zambrano & Ruiz Law Firm can help with any of these deportation procedures. They passionately advocate for immigrants in order for families to stay together. The Voluntary Departure The voluntary departure is an option, often chosen after a hearing with an immigration judge. You can choose to leave the United States before completing the expulsion process. If you do so voluntarily, you can request re-entry without any problem. Failure to do so means you could face a fine and a 10-year ban on various forms of relief from deportation. If during immigration, detention, or removal proceedings you are discriminated against, […]

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