What is immigration?
Immigration is the process of moving from a foreign country into the United States and becoming a legal resident of the country. Those who are not documented and clandestinely immigrate to the U.S. or overstay a visa are considered illegal immigrants. Those who are legally approved for a visa or a green card, or start the process for naturalization, are considered legal immigrants.
Can I be deported?
If you are an illegal immigrant that is in the U.S. without any proper documentation, then you can be deported. Currently, the United States primarily focuses on deporting individuals who have committed a crime and been arrested. This means that if you are an illegal immigrant who keeps the law, your potential for deportation is lower than if you are an immigrant arrested for drug trafficking or a violent crime.
How do I get a green card?
If you are an immigrant in the U.S., you will want to apply for a green card. This card gives you permanent residency, and protects you form arrest and deportation. To receive a green card, you will probably need someone to petition for you. This can be a family member who is already a U.S. citizen, or an employer who intends to hire you for a specific position. If you want more information about the green card process, you will want to talk with a skilled lawyer at Gardner Law, PLLC.
What is the difference between permanent residency and citizenship?
Permanent residency is a privilege given to immigrants with green cards. Essentially, permanent residency allows an immigrant to live and work in the United States. Green card holders can travel to and from the U.S. and petition for close family members to receive green cards. They cannot vote in elections, or remain outside the U.S. for unlimited amounts of time. Also, they can lose their residency rights if they fail to inform the USCIS of changes in their address, or if they commit a serious crime.
Why do I need an immigration attorney?
Whether you are petitioning for a green card, undergoing naturalization, or seeking defense due to potential deportation, a lawyer at the firm can help. Immigration law can be complicated, and often you will be working with federal authorities. The laws can be overwhelming, and it is best to steer clear of representing yourself. Don't hesitate to call a skilled attorney at Gardner Law today to learn more about how we can help.