The United States may be known as a “melting pot” of international cultures and people, but that unfortunately does not mean that entering the U.S. as an immigrant is a simple matter. Successfully progressing through the immigration process can take months or years after filing an initial application, and in the meantime laws and regulations change quickly.
Whether you want to pursue legal residence or citizenship in the U.S. for yourself, on behalf of a family member or employee, a qualified San Diego immigration lawyer could help. With an experienced attorney from Hacking Law Practice LLC by your side, you could have an easier time navigating U.S. customs and immigration laws and improve your odds of a favorable case resolution.
Visas are necessary for everyone who wants to enter the United States. Typically, to move to the United States from a foreign country, a prospective immigrant needs to have either a U.S.-based employer or a family member who is already a citizen or legal permanent resident sponsor their application for a “green card” affirming their status as a legal permanent resident.
Sponsoring an immigrant is a huge commitment, and petitioners must be willing and able to assume financial responsibility for any foreign national they sponsor. Sponsors also must fill out and submit a number of different forms to U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), along with the applicant’s identifying documentation and interview results. An immigration attorney could provide customized and compassionate support to both sponsors and potential immigrants seeking to acquire a green card or a visa.
Once someone has been a legal permanent resident in the United States for at least five years, they may be eligible to apply for naturalized U.S. citizenship. However, living here legally is far from the only prerequisite for naturalization. Applicants must also be of a certain age, be able to verify their residence in the district or state where they apply, and provide proof of several other qualifying factors.
Even if a legal permanent resident is eligible to apply for citizenship, they still have to complete a lengthy application process that includes an in-person interview and exams meant to test their knowledge of U.S. history and politics as well as their ability to read, write, and speak English. Depending on the circumstances, they may have to submit to biometrics screening as well.
All these procedures can become more manageable with guidance from a seasoned lawyer who has handled immigration cases successfully in the past. If necessary, legal counsel could also help with various other immigration-related matters, including applications for asylum or refugee status, international adoption, and more.
Navigating the maze of U.S. immigration law can be tricky for anybody, especially if English is your second language or you have unique circumstances motivating you to move here. Fortunately, if you are unsure about any part of the immigration or naturalization process, help is available at the Hacking Law Practice LLC.
Retaining one of our dedicated San Diego immigration lawyers could help you both with USCIS and other U.S. immigration authorities. To find out how an attorney could help you with your specific case, call today to schedule a consultation.