Richardson Immigration Attorney
Citizenship, Visas and More
The immigration process in the United States is notoriously complex – and that’s why many people choose to work with a Richardson, TX immigration attorney.
Whether you want to come to the U.S. on a visitor or work visa, obtain permanent residency in the United States, or become a naturalized citizen, or if you run a company that wants to hire foreign workers, working with a Richardson immigration attorney may be the best choice for you.
WHY CHOOSE DAVIS & ASSOCIATES
- Mr. Davis is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
- (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.
Types of Services You Can Expect From a Richardson Immigration Attorney
Our team of Richardson immigration attorneys can help you with:
- Business immigration
- Family immigration
- Green cards
- Citizenship and naturalization
- Deportation defense
- Immigration appeals
Business immigration is one of the most complicated areas of U.S. immigration law – so most companies choose to work with a Richardson immigration attorney from the start.
These laws apply to any employer that wants to bring in foreign talent, as well as to any foreign employee who wants to work in the United States.
For the most part, businesses must petition the U.S. government on behalf of a worker; workers aren’t allowed to petition for themselves except in very specific cases.
However, immigrant investors are eligible to petition for themselves.
There are several types of visas available to foreign workers. Some are nonimmigrant visas, and some are immigrant visas. The key difference is whether the visa could lead to permanent residency in the United States or whether the worker is only coming to the U.S. temporarily.
Business Visas in Richardson
If you need a visa, it may be in your best interest to talk to a Richardson immigration attorney. Every foreigner who wants to come to the U.S., whether it’s for business, immigration purposes or even a visit, must have a valid visa to get into the country.
There are several business visas available to workers, but in the vast majority of cases, workers cannot apply for them on their own. Workers must generally be sponsored by an employer in the United States who applies on their behalf. Here’s a quick glance at the types of business visas that may be available to you:
- CW-1 visas for transitional workers
- E-1, E-2, E-2C and E-3, EB-1, and EB-5 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)
- H-4 Visas
- 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
You may also be eligible for a visa to come to the U.S. to marry a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or, if you’re already married, to join your spouse here. Your attorney can point you in the right direction.
Working With a Richardson Immigration Attorney on Family Immigration
Family members of U.S. citizens and green card holders may be eligible to come to the U.S. and receive a green card – that is, lawful permanent residency – in many ways. 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
Generally, U.S. citizens can bring fiancés, spouses, children, siblings and parents to the U.S., and lawful permanent
residents with green cards are often able to bring spouses and children.
Some family members must wait for green cards to become available to them, while others may be eligible to apply immediately. That’s because there are limits on the number of green cards the U.S. government can give to people in certain categories (such as siblings of citizens); there are no limits on immediate family member visas and green cards, though.
That means if your spouse is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card-holder), you can apply for your green card immediately without waiting for a spot to open up for you.
Family Immigration Visa & Green Cards to Apply For:
Helpful Family Immigration Articles:
5 Things To Understand About Family Immigration Law
4 Ways To Obtain A Green Card Through Marriage
What Happens If You Get Divorced After Receiving A Green Card?
The Pros And Cons Of A Green Card
Highly sought-after green cards grant a holder lawful permanent residency in the United States.
Green card holders are not citizens, but they can live and work in the U.S. indefinitely.
Having a green card means you’re a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
As such, you’re allowed to live and work anywhere you want in the country.
However, not everyone is eligible for a green card. You may only be eligible if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Family. This means you have a U.S. citizen family member, or a family member who is a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
- Employment. You intend to work for a U.S. company in the United States, or you’re an investor who wishes to invest a substantial amount of capital into an American company.
- Special immigrant status. You qualify as a special immigrant because you fall into one of a number of categories.
- Refugee or asylee status. You can get a green card if you’re an asylee or refugee in the United States.
- As a human trafficking or crime victim. Many human trafficking and other crime victims are eligible for green cards.
- As a victim of abuse. Victims of abuse at the hands of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, such as a spouse, parent or child, are eligible for green cards without their family member’s application.
- Through registry. If you’ve been present in the U.S. for a very long time (since January 1, 1972) you can apply for a green card.
Citizenship and Naturalization
Your Richardson immigration attorney may help you become a U.S. citizen, provided that you:
- Are at least age 18
- Are 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 resident in your state or district
- Are a person of good moral character
- Can 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
Deportation Defense in Richardson
If you receive a notice that says you’re in removal proceedings, it means the U.S. government is trying to deport you.
The immigration attorneys in our firm have tried hundreds of deportation cases in immigration courts throughout the country.
Our deportation services help individuals and families navigate the challenges of deportation processing. We help in removal proceedings and Appeals.
Our Richardson immigration attorney may be able to help you, and you should call immediately.
Do You Need a Richardson Immigration Attorney?
If you need help from a Richardson immigration attorney, we’re here for you. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.