IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAWYER
Q. Is there a consultation fee for the initial meeting?
Yes, the initial consultation fee is $180, payable on the day of your meeting. If you hire us, then we apply the payment toward the legal fee. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit card payment.
Q. How can I get work authorization?
Work authorization is a benefit granted only with certain immigration applications or relief, thus cannot be applied for by itself.
Q. I entered the U.S. illegally. Can I become a lawful permanent resident?
Maybe. You may be eligible for a waiver of your unlawful presence. However, every case is unique, no matter how similar it seems to another person's story. There are so many factors and laws to consider. Get the proper legal advice to reduce the risk of a devastating outcome.
Q. We are gay and married. Can I file a petition so my spouse can apply for a green card?
Yes, immigration law recognizes gay marriages. However, your spouse's eligibility for a green card depends on many factors. Therefore, a granted petition does not guarantee lawful permanent residence.
Q. I am a Canadian citizen and entered the U.S. as a visitor two years ago. I have remained in the country since. Can I be deported?
Yes, overstaying your permitted period of stay may subject you to removal absent immigration relief. Depending on your particular situation, you may be allowed to stay and avoid removal.
Q. I want to apply for U.S. citizenship but I am worried about the test. My English is not so great. What happens if I fail the English test and civics exam? Do I have to start a new application?
You have two opportunities to pass the test: at your initial naturalization interview, and at your rescheduled interview. We highly recommend studying and seriously practicing speaking English. We are here to encourage and guide you to success!
If you have a medical disability or meet certain conditions, you may be exempt from testing. Discuss this with us.
Q. I have been married for a few years to a U.S. citizen. My spouse is very abusive and often threatens to have me deported because I am not in the U.S. legally. Is there any way I can stay in the country legally? We have children together and I fear for our safety.
You may qualify for protection in the U.S. which will allow you to stay legally and pursue permanent residency. Your spouse will not be a part of your immigration process. Given the sensitive nature of your case, you should seek immediate assistance. There is hope.
Q. I live in Michigan where marijuana or "pot" is legal . Am I free to smoke it?
NO, absolutely not. If you are not a U.S. citizen, then stay away from it. Immigration law is federal, not state. Therefore, it is a federal crime to possess, consume or use marijuana despite it being legal in your state. You may be deported or found inadmissible with a marijuana related charge or conviction.
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