Deportation (Removal) Defense
Other Immigration Services - Citizenship/Naturalization Applications; Immigration Appeals; Waivers of Inadmissibility; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Travel Documents/Visitor Visas; Work Permits
- Citizenship/Naturalization – Becoming a U.S. Citizen is very exciting! Unfortunately, many people try to naturalize without the help of an attorney and are denied, without ever knowing why. You may qualify for naturalization if meet all eligibility requirements AND you have been a permanent resident in the U.S. for at least 5 years (or 3 years if you are the spouse of a U.S. Citizen). If your Naturalization Application (N-400) is denied, you can be placed in removal proceedings. Common denial reasons include criminal history, previous financial problems, past misrepresentation to USCIS, failing to meet continuous or physical presence requirements, and failing the civics & English test. I can help you decide whether you are eligible to naturalize and help you overcome any potential issues that could result in a denial and possible deportation.
- Immigration Appeals – Not all immigration lawyers handle appellate work. It is a complex and specialized area of practice that requires intensive research and writing. I am registered with the Executive Office of Immigration Review, eligible to appeal USCIS denials with the Administrative Appeals Office, and admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have experience filing petitions for review with the Court of Appeals, as well as motions and appeals with the Board of Immigration Appeals.
- Waivers of Inadmissibility – Being "inadmissible" means you are not legally permitted to enter the U.S. (even if you are already here) – it also means you are not eligible to obtain legal immigrant or nonimmigrant status. Grounds of inadmissibility often result from one's criminal or immigration history, but also result from misrepresentations to U.S. officials (even if inadvertent or innocent), and a few other reasons not specifically listed here. Common grounds of inadmissibility include criminal arrests and/or convictions, visa overstays, entering the U.S. without permission, and being previously deported from the U.S. Waivers can be submitted in Immigration Court, to USCIS, or to a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. Waivers are usually filed with a petition to become a legal permanent resident, as part of a removal defense strategy, or to apply for U/T visa status or to enter the U.S. as another type of nonimmigrant. I can help you thoroughly prepare your waiver application, and assist you in gathering and presenting the best possible supporting evidence needed for your waiver to be approved.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) –You may be eligible for DACA if you: 1) came to the U.S. before you were 16 years old, 2) were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, 3) have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 through the present, 4) were physically present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and did not have lawful status as of that date, and 4) meet certain other education/military service and criminal history requirements. You can renew your DACA deferral every two years, as long as you remain eligible. I can help you determine if you are eligible, overcome any potential issues, and help you file the application correctly.
- Travel Documents/Visitor Visas – If you have a pending adjustment of status or other application with USCIS, such as an asylum, it is very important that you do not leave the country without first requesting permission from the U.S. government. You might not be allowed back in the U.S.! I can help you or a loved one apply for permission to travel outside the U.S. I can also guide your loved ones who remain abroad through the process of requesting a visitor visa to come visit the U.S.
Work Permit (Employment Authorization Document or "EAD") – I can help you determine whether you qualify for a Work Permit, help you file your first application or renew your current EAD.