Immigration law in the United States is complex and regulations change frequently. The primary legislation is the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.
Visa applications are generally processed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US Department of State (DOS).
Legislation and policy set annual limits for permanent immigrants, with refugee admissions assessed separately by Congress and the President.
Essentially, immigration policy is based on reuniting families, admitting individuals with specialist skills or to cover skills shortages, or contribute to the US economy, and to protect refugees. Each category encompasses a range of circumstances facilitating the grant of a temporary or permanent visa.
Family based immigration is seen as an important contributor to the US economy, local communities and social constructs with many immigrants having a positive impact on business development, the labor force and community improvement.
Family based immigration
Family is our number one priority. Our legal team is committed to keeping families together through our expert knowledge of U.S. immigration law. We can assist you with the following family immigration matters:
- Spouse/Parent/Child/Sibling Adjustment of Status (I-130 – Petition for Alien Relative)
- Waivers (illegal entry, misrepresentation, fraud, criminal convictions)
- Naturalization (N-400 – Application for Naturalization)
- K-1 Fiancé Visas
- K-3 Visa (couples who were legally married outside of the United States)
- Green Cards
- Removal Defense
Deportation is serious. If you or one of your family members have been ordered removed from the United States, we are here to help. We are licensed to practice before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (immigration court) in all 50 states. If a friend or loved one has been detained by ICE, please contact us immediately. Additionally, we provide the following services:
- Bond representation for those in ICE detention
- Cancellation of Removal
- Representation at court hearings
- Motions to Reopen and Motions to Stay Removal
- U-Visa, T-Visa and VAWA
- U-Visa – Non-Immigrant visa for victims of crimes (and their immediate family members) who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse while in the United States and who have or are willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime
- T-Visa – allows certain victims of human trafficking and immediate family members to remain and work temporarily in the United States if they report the crime to law enforcement and agree to help in the investigation and/or prosecution of the crime committed against them
- VAWA – Under the federal Violence Against Women Act, any male or female may be eligible to receive a green card of you are the victim of battery or extreme cruelty committed by a U.S. citizen spouse or former spouse, U.S. citizen parent, U.S. citizen son or daughter, a lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse or former spouse, or an LPR parent
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an U.S. immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action. If you are a DACA recipient and need to renew contact Bijoux Ngwanda Law Office, PLLC ASAP.
- Request for Evidence (RFE)/Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID)
If you have received a Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny, you must act quickly. These notices can possibly indicate the government intends to deny your application. Please Bijoux Ngwanda Law Office, PLLC.
Working with an immigration professional
Applying for a visa requires a comprehensive understanding of the relevant laws, visa categories, and processes involved to submit a proper application, which must be accompanied with the relevant supporting documentation.
Awaiting the outcome of an immigrant petition can be an anxious time for both sponsors and their family members. Mistakes in applications or misunderstandings of the process can add considerably to this stress and cause undue delays.
We use our in-depth knowledge of relevant laws, processes, and policies to identify the most appropriate visa type suited to our clients’ personal circumstances. We understand the emotion attached to bringing family members together and will provide quality advice and guidance to help families achieve their immigration goals in the most efficient manner possible.