Between figuring out which visa you can apply for and which forms you need to submit, among other tasks, navigating the United States immigration system is complex.
Luckily, the Savannah immigration attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are here to discuss any of your immigration issues. We’ve worked with many clients to find cost-effective solutions to their immigration needs, and now’s the time for us to help you.
How a Savannah Immigration Lawyer with Our Law Firm Can Help You
Our lawyers are always studying new immigration laws, so you can count on us to work on your case with the most updated information in mind. Whether you’re applying for a green card or fighting deportation, an attorney from our Savannah immigration team can:
- Interpret relevant immigration laws
- Go over your legal options
- Help you select which visa you need in accordance with the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
- Gather the necessary documentation, including witness statements
- File an appeal on your behalf
- Complete the correct forms and submit them within the given deadlines
- Represent you in court, if needed
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Applying for Adjustment of Status/Green Card
If you’re a foreign national in Savannah, Georgia, or throughout the U.S., an adjustment of status allows you to apply for a green card without having to return to your home country to complete the visa processing.
If you choose to apply for a green card, also referred to as a permanent alien registration card or USCIS Form I-551, you will be given the ability to live and work in the United States. A green card will remain valid for ten years, and it is renewable. You may qualify for a green card if:
- You have a high school education or have met other work-related requirements.
- You have a qualifying family relationship or through your place of employment.
- You are a refugee.
- You are an abused spouse, parent, or child. In this case, you can file a petition on the abuser’s behalf without their knowledge through the Immigration and Nationality Act, per the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Additionally, if you are awarded a green card, you can apply for citizenship in the United States after five years.
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Types of Work Visas You Can Obtain
There are a few temporary work visas available to you if you want to come to the United States temporarily. These work visas include:
There are companies in the United States who employ graduate level and international workers in their field of expertise for jobs they can’t find enough U.S. workers for.
You may apply for an H-2 visa if you are a foreign worker in a non-agricultural field, and there aren’t enough U.S. citizens to fill these positions.
It may be necessary for you to travel to the United States on a short-term basis for going to conferences, settling an estate, or negotiating a contract. The initial period of stay is usually one to six months and can be extended up to six months.
A J-visa is an exchange visa and allows you to come to the United States as part of a cultural exchange program. Generally, professors, au pairs, and doctors use this type of visa. Employment is authorized as part of the J-visa exchange program. Your spouse and unmarried children would be eligible for a J-visa as well.
K-1 Visas and CR-1 Marriage Visas
A K-1 visa is used if you plan to marry a foreign national and have them live with you in the United States. You must get married within 90 days of their arrival, though. You may apply for a CR-1 visa if you plan to marry your fiancé in their native country and then bring them to the United States.
Our Savannah, Georgia immigration attorneys can advise you as to which option is best for you, help you file for the visa, and assist you in avoiding denial. After we go over your situation, we may find that you qualify for:
To be eligible for a U-visa, you must have suffered physically and mentally because of a crime, and you need to cooperate with law enforcement. You must provide a personal statement, personal documents, and documentation from law enforcement and health care providers.
The Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) was passed in 1997 and gave a legal way for certain classes of immigrants to enter and stay in the United States. The requirements can be very confusing, and specific provisions of NACARA have expired. We can assist you if you are eligible to apply for protected status.
If you have a green card and have been in the United States for at least five years, you can apply to become a United States citizen. If you’re married to a citizen of the United States, you may qualify for naturalization after three years. There are strict procedural rules that you must follow.
Families have been trying to escape the gang violence in such countries as Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala and have sought safety in the United States. The right for you to seek asylum became part of U.S. immigration law when the Refugee Act of 1980 was passed.
Asylum may be granted if you are a foreign national who has faced past persecution or fear of future persecution as it relates to your race, ethnicity, political views, sexual orientation, religion, or membership in social groups.
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Defense to Removal
If you are a non-citizen of the United States and you break the law, you may be subject to deportation. If you received an I-862 or Notice to Appear, you are facing removal from the United States and should contact us immediately.
In Savannah, Georgia, the immigration attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can assist you in building a legal defense to persuade the judge to cancel your deportation and issue a green card.
How Our Firm Can Help You Fight Deportation in Savannah
If you face unjust deportation, we may be able to recommend and/or employ some of these strategies:
- You could voluntarily leave the country.
- You can claim you are seeking asylum.
- We can show that you have people depending on you in the United States, so your deportation will negatively affect them.
- We can show that you are of moral character and a law-abiding citizen.
- We can help you document your right to be in this country (e.g., you’ve been here over ten years).
We can help you determine your next steps when we review your Chatham County case for free.
Consult Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for Help with the Immigration Process Today
Immigration law is extremely complex and always changing. In Savannah, Georgia, the immigration attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are here to help guide you through the maze of immigration law.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation so that we can discuss any immigration concerns with you and advise you on your next steps. Connect with our law firm today at (404) 888-8888.