Starting the Immigration Process or any kind of official process with the government – state or federal – usually begins with filling out forms, whether you’re applying for a fishing license or enlisting in the military. The forms can be fairly straightforward or unnecessarily complicated but either way, most of us just push ahead, start writing and hope for the best. When it comes to filling out forms for entry into the United States, just hoping for the best can be a problem. That’s why it’s so important that you have an immigration attorney in Dallas TX to help you understand immigration law and to help you with the paperwork involved.
Any person wishing to obtain lawful permanent residency in the United States should contact an immigration attorney in Dallas TX to represent them and help them understand the Immigration Law in Texas involved in obtaining visas, work authorizations and residency. The situations immigrants encounter vary widely. Here, are three instances where an immigration attorney can help you or a family member secure permanent residency or your desired status.
If you’ve been served with a notice to appear before an immigration judge with the possibility of being deported, you have a right to be represented by an immigration attorney in Dallas TX. Immigration law is federal law, not state law, so any lawyer who represents you in a deportation case, should be authorized to practice law anywhere in the U.S. There are several ways you can obtain relief from deportation, including adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, waivers, voluntary departure and prosecutorial discretion. If you or a loved one appear before an immigration judge without representation, you can tell the judge you’d like time to find an immigration lawyer.
If you or a family member are currently residing in the U.S. and want to be granted asylum, you’ll have to show adequate reasons for fear of persecution in your home country. Reasons for persecution include political beliefs, religion, nationality, race or membership in a certain social group. You’ll need to show that persecution is due to the government activities or the actions of a group the government can’t or won’t control. You’ll need to apply for asylum within one year of entering the U.S. If you are granted asylum, it may eventually result in permanent resident status. Consult an immigration attorney in Dallas TX to help you obtain asylum in the U.S. even if you have entered the country illegally.
Temporary Protected Status
Temporary Protected Status is granted to eligible nationals from certain countries. When a country is designated for TPS, beneficiaries may stay in the U.S. and obtain work authorization. However, temporary protected status doesn’t lead to a green card. After a TPS is terminated, the beneficiary returns to the status she/he had before institution of TPS. If an immigrant didn’t obtain lawful status during temporary protected status designation, he or she will revert to unlawful status.
Contact Olinger Law if you need an experienced immigration attorney in Dallas TX. Lynn Olinger knows how the immigration process works, and her knowledge and experience will benefit you, regardless of your situation.