Plano Immigration Attorney
Citizenship, Visas and More
Davis & Associates are your go-to immigration law experts in North Texas including Plano and surrounding cities. Our lawyers provide expert legal counsel for all areas of immigration law including: EB5 investment immigration, deportation defense, temporary visas for work and college, writs of habeas corpus and mandamus, family-sponsored immigration, employment-sponsored immigration, permanent residence, naturalization, employer compliance, consular visa processing, waivers, and appeals.
WHY CHOOSE DAVIS & ASSOCIATES
- We relate to how you feel and genuinely want to assist in helping you reach your immigration goals. (Our motto is "Families, not Files" because when you do business with us, you are not just another case file.)
- Our staff is multi-lingual and many of us have experienced the immigration process with our families and friends.
- Mr. Davis is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
"I would highly recommend Davis and Associates, the staff are amazing and highly skilled. Mr.Garry has been very helpful from the beginning to the end and we are very grateful for him! We had Beatriz as our attorney and she was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She helped boost our confidence for the process. I’m thankful."
IMMIGRATION LAW PRACTICE AREAS
Whether you’re an individual who wants to immigrate to the United States or you own a company that needs to hire foreign workers, you could benefit from working with a Plano immigration attorney.
Your lawyer will be able to explain what the government needs from you, file paperwork on your behalf, and help you prepare for any immigration interviews you’ll have to go through. He or she can also provide you with case-specific legal advice, too.
Your attorney can help you with issues related to:
If you’re already a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, you may be able to sponsor some of your family members. As an immigration sponsor, you can petition the government to provide visas for your spouse, children (married or unmarried), or siblings. However, everyone you ask to sponsor must meet all the immigration criteria outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, and you must have a certain relationship. For example, you cannot petition to bring a cousin to the United States; you must ask for your spouse, children, siblings or parents in most cases.
A Plano immigration attorney can help your company take the steps necessary to hire foreign workers. To qualify to sponsor immigrants for business purposes, your company must be offering specialty jobs that it cannot fill with American workers – and the company must get a Labor Certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as meet certain conditions before petitioning to sponsor an immigrant. Individuals cannot petition for themselves; a company or business entity must petition for them. For most businesses, the best choice is to work with an attorney who understands the entire, sometimes-complicated process of business immigration.
If you’ve received a notice that you’re about to go through removal proceedings, or if you’ve been ordered to leave the United States, you could benefit from working with a Plano immigration lawyer. Removal proceedings – commonly called deportation proceedings – can be complicated, and if you don’t know what you’re agreeing to, you could find yourself barred from reentering the United States. Your immigration attorney can explain the entire process, represent you in court, and help preserve your rights every step of the way. You do not have to go through removal proceedings alone. You have the right to an attorney if you wish to have legal counsel.
Immigration judges don’t always rule in an immigrant’s favor – and if you disagree with your judge’s decision, you may have the right to appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals.
An appeal is designed to reopen your case and have a higher court look at it.
You can disagree with a judge’s decision if you lose a deportation or removal case, you were denied asylum or cancellation of removal, or if you were denied U.S. citizenship.
You may also be able to appeal a case that stems from a failure to get a green card. In many cases, working with a Plano immigration attorney is the best choice when you’re appealing a judge’s decision.
If you’re not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident, you must apply for a visa to gain entry into the United States. There are several visa categories that apply to specific situations, so you may benefit from talking to a Plano immigration attorney to see which type of visa is right for you. Nonimmigrant visas are for people who wish to come to the U.S. for a certain period of time but do not wish to eventually become naturalized citizens. Immigrant visas are designed for people who do wish to become citizens. Immigrant visas are typically reserved for people who fall into these categories:
- Spouses, fiancés, children and other family members of lawful permanent residents or citizens
- Employees who are coming to the U.S. to fill a specific position in a specific company
- Returning residents
- Diversity immigrants
Citizenship & Naturalization
To become a U.S. citizen, you must follow a specific process that includes filling out forms, filing them with the government, submitting to a naturalization interview and taking a citizenship test. You must first be a lawful permanent resident – otherwise called a “green card holder” – before you can apply for citizenship. Once you have your green card, you must wait a certain amount of time to petition for naturalization, which makes you a U.S. citizen. If the government approves your petition, you’ll take a citizenship test and swear an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Your Plano citizenship attorney can help you with every step of the process and provide you with legal advice along the way.
A green card makes a person a lawful permanent resident of the United States. You must hold a green card for a certain amount of time before you can apply for citizenship – and in order to get a green card, you must be lawfully present in the U.S. or be eligible to come to the U.S. legally. In many cases, a Plano immigration attorney can help you determine the criteria for your situation, and he or she can help you file the appropriate paperwork to apply for a green card once you’ve met all the U.S. government’s requirements.
Do You Need a Plano Immigration Attorney?
Because U.S. immigration law can be incredibly complex, and because the immigration process itself can be time-consuming and confusing, many people choose to work with Plano immigration attorneys who can help. Your attorney will be able to explain the process you must go through, fill out and file paperwork on your behalf, and help you prepare for a successful outcome. He or she will be with you every step of the way.
Call us to schedule a free consultation with one of our Plano immigration attorneys. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you get the best possible outcome.