McKinney Immigration Attorney
Citizenship, Visas and More
If you’re like many people, you know that the immigration process can be incredibly complex – and that’s true whether you want to come to the United States on a visa, obtain a green card, become a naturalized citizen or hire foreign workers.
That means working with a McKinney immigration attorney may be the best choice for you.
WHY CHOOSE DAVIS & ASSOCIATES
- (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.
What a McKinney Immigration Attorney Can Do for You
Davis & Associates may be able to help you with:
- Business immigration
- Citizenship and naturalization
- Deportation (removal)
- Family immigration
- Green cards
- Immigration appeals
Asylum Help From a McKinney Immigration Attorney
When you come to the United States for protection against persecution in your home country, you may want to work with a McKinney immigration attorney on an asylum petition. If you fear persecution in your home country, wherever it is, based on one of the following reasons, we may be able to help you:
- Religious beliefs
- Political opinion
- Membership in a social group
The United States has laws in place to protect people against persecution, which may mean human rights violations, torture, unlawful detention, political detention, physical violence, or infliction of serious emotional distress.
If you are living with the fear of persecution, or if you have already been persecuted against for one of the above-listed reasons, call our office to schedule a free consultation. We may be able to help you get asylum or refugee status in the United States.
Working With a McKinney Immigration Attorney on Business Immigration
Business immigration is one of the most complex areas of United States law, and it applies to any employer that wishes to hire foreign talent and to any foreign employee who wishes to work in the United States.
Usually, businesses must petition the U.S. government to hire foreign workers; workers can’t typically petition for themselves except in rare cases (such as investors).
There are several types of visas available for workers, both nonimmigrant and immigrant, and the type you need depends on the type of job you intend to work at, whether
you have already been hired by a U.S. employer, and whether you’re investing your own capital in a U.S. enterprise. The main types of temporary employment visas are:
- CW-1 visas for transitional workers
- E-1, E-2, E-2C and E-3 visas for treaty traders, treaty investors, qualified employees, long-term foreign investors, and certain specialty occupation professionals coming from Australia only
- H-1B visas for Free Trade Agreement workers, specialty occupations, fashion models of distinguished merit and ability, and workers in specialty occupations
- H-1C visas for registered nurses
- H-2A visas for temporary or seasonal agricultural workers
- H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers
- H-3 visas for trainees (other than medical or academic)
- I visas for representatives of foreign information media, including the press, radio and film
- L-1A and L-1B visas for intracompany transferees
- O-1 and O-2 visas for people with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, or production in motion pictures and television (and their support staff)
- P-1A and P-1B visas for internationally recognized athletes, entertainers, and members of entertainment groups
- P-2 and P-3 visas for individual performers and groups entering to perform under reciprocal exchange programs, as well as artists and entertainers coming to the U.S. to perform, teach or coach under a culturally unique program
- Q-1 visas for people participating in international cultural exchange programs
- R-1 visas for religious workers
- TN visas for North American Free Trade Agreement temporary professionals coming from Canada or Mexico
Some business visas are for permanent work, and people who fall into those categories are organized by preference (first through fifth) as follows:
- First preference: Persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, as well as outstanding professors and researchers, and multinational executives and managers
- Second preference: Members of professions holding advanced degrees or people with exceptional ability in the arts, sciences or business
- Third preference: Skilled workers, professionals and other workers
- Fourth preference: Special immigrants (such as religious workers, retired employees of international organizations, and others)
- Fifth preference: Business investors who invest a certain amount of money in a new commercial enterprise that employs at least ten full-time U.S. workers
Citizenship and Naturalization
The only way to become a U.S. citizen if you didn’t acquire citizenship by birth is through naturalization. Naturalization is the process of asking the U.S. government to make you a citizen and grant you all the rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship. You must meet these criteria to become a U.S. citizen:
- Be at least age 18
- Be a lawful permanent resident with a green card for at least five years (three if you’re married to a U.S. citizen)
- Demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. for at least 5 years prior to your petition
- Prove that you’ve been physically present for 30 months out of the past 5 years at the time you apply
- Prove at least three months of residence in your state or district
- Be a person of good moral character
- Read, write and speak English passably
- Respect and adhere to the U.S. Constitutions principles and ideals
- Swear an oath of allegiance to the United States
A McKinney immigration attorney may be able to help you with the naturalization process, whether you’re just starting out (or you’re interested in getting a visa to begin your journey) or you’re about to petition the government for citizenship.
DACA Help (Renewals and First-Time Petitions)
If you qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, your McKinney immigration attorney can help you with a first-time petition or a renewal of a previously approved petition. Learn more about DACA here.
Deportation Defense From a McKinney Immigration Attorney
If you’ve been notified that you’re in removal proceedings, which means an immigration court is evaluating your case and is ready to deport you from the U.S., you may want to speak with an attorney.
Being deported comes with several negative consequences – one of which is being barred from coming back to the United States – and working with a lawyer may help you avoid them.
Learn more about deportation procedures and how Davis & Associates can help guide you through the process.
There are several ways for family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (green card holders) to immigrate to the United States. You may be able to:
- Obtain a green card through marriage
- Get a visa to marry your fiancé in the U.S.
- Come to the U.S. as a child, parent or sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
If you have a qualifying relative for whom you would like to obtain a family-based visa, Davis & Associates can help. Request a free consultation with an attorney today.
Talking to a McKinney Immigration Attorney About Green Cards
A green card gives you the right to live and work anywhere in the United States, but they’re only available to some people. You may be eligible for a green card based on one of the following categories:
- Special immigrant status
- Refugee or asylee status
- As a human trafficking or crime victim
- As a victim of abuse
- Through registry
Your McKinney immigration attorney can give you more details – and help you begin the process of obtaining your own green card.
Do You Need to Talk to a McKinney Immigration Attorney?
Davis & Associates is your immigration law firm of choice in the Houston and Dallas Metroplex.
We understand how you feel and genuinely care about helping you reach your immigration goals. Our motto is “Families, not Files” because when you do business with us, you are not just another file on our desks.
If you’re interested in coming to the United States temporarily or permanently, hiring foreign workers, or obtaining U.S. citizenship, call our office today to schedule a free consultation with a McKinney immigration attorney who can give you the legal guidance and peace of mind you need.