Immigration Lawyers In Las Vegas, NV

NEVADA IMMIGRATION LAW

Depending on demographics and politics, immigration law varies in each state. Recently, Nevada has seen some democratic wins in government due to the increasingly diverse immigrant population.

Immigrants and foreign workers make up an essential part of the state’s economic, artistic, recreational, and entertainment industries.

Here are some fast facts about immigration law explicitly relating to Nevada:

  • In 2018, immigrants made up 19% of the population.
  • The top countries of immigrant origin are Mexico, the Philippines, and El Salvador.
  • Half of the immigrants in Nevada are naturalized U.S. citizens.

DO I NEED AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY?

There are plenty of scenarios in which you might need a Las Vegas immigration lawyer. Perhaps, you’re unsure which immigration status or visa you might qualify for or are unsure which documents you should include in your application.

An immigration lawyer can simplify your immigration issue or application so that you can enter or remain in legal status.

A Las Vegas immigration lawyer at Nevada Legal Group offers free consultations for any of our services. Call today to get in contact with an experienced immigration attorney regarding deportation, visas, DACA, criminal defense, green cards, naturalization, and much more.

WHAT IS ASYLUM?

According to the American Immigration Council, asylum in the U.S. is a protection granted to foreign nationals undocumented immigrants already in the United States or arriving at the border who meet the eligibility requirements and legal definition of a “refugee.”

A refugee is someone who “is unable or unwilling to return to their home country and cannot get protection in the same country, due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted in the future on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

A Las Vegas immigration attorney can provide a free consultation to see if you meet the asylum application requirements. If you do, the immigration lawyer can assist with preparing and filing the application for your immigration process.

What happens after you apply for asylum?

After the asylum application is filed, there is typically a waiting period (up to four years) for an interview or court hearing.

The team of immigration lawyers at our law firm in Nevada understands that the prolonged wait process can be difficult. Lengthy wait times often result in familial separation and undue stress and hardship to some of the most vulnerable groups.

Fortunately, asylum seekers can seek work authorization, or a work permit, after their immigration matter has been pending for at least 150 days. In other words, applicants can live and work in the U.S. while they wait for an interview date for their asylum immigration case.

What qualifies an immigrant for asylum?

According to the USCIS website, to be considered for asylum within the United States, you must:

  • Be physically present in the United States (it doesn’t matter how you arrived) for less than one year from the date of your last arrival; and
  • Demonstrate that you were persecuted or that you are afraid you might be persecuted because of your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

How long does the asylum process take?

In short, the legal asylum process can take years – a Las Vegas immigration attorney can file an asylum application and not hear back from the Service for an interview for years.

The current backlog at USCIS and the immigration court system is at its peak, causing long wait times for asylum cases.

How can I speed up the asylum process?

According to immigration law, specific circumstances, such as having dependent spouses or children, or serious medical conditions, can qualify you for filing an expedited interview request.

WHAT IS DEPORTATION?

According to immigration law, Deportation is the removal of a foreign national from the U.S. In deportation or removal cases, the U.S. government must determine that an alien must be removed from the country. The process is usually complicated and stressful for any foreign nationals and family members involved.

Why can I get deported?

Typically, a Las Vegas immigration attorney at our law firm can help you fight a deportation order by arguing your case in court. For cancellation of removal, you must have:

  • been physically present in the U.S. for ten years or more;
  • have good moral character during that time; and
  • evidence demonstrating “exceptional and extremely unusual” hardship to your U.S. citizen or resident dependents if you were to be removed.

Can you fight a deportation order?

According to immigration law, specific circumstances, such as having dependent spouses or children, or serious medical conditions, can qualify you for filing an expedited interview request.

How a deportation lawyer can help

A deportation lawyer can assist by assembling a cancellation of removal petition with supporting documents.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A GREEN CARD?

There are several categories through which an individual can apply for an immigrant visa, including the following:

  • Family-based petitions, in the case of an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, marriage visa, or fiance visa;
  • Employment-Based petitions, such as possessing extraordinary ability in the arts, education, business, or athletics;
  • Refugee or Asylee petitions, and many more.

A Las Vegas immigration attorney at our law firm can assist you with understanding each category and its application process. Visit the USCIS website for more information about each immigrant category.

Student visa

The student visa (F or M) requires an education program and a sponsoring institution to study at a university, college, seminary, or other academic institution in the U.S.

Work visa

Employment visa statuses include specialty occupation visas (H), intracompany transferees (L), extraordinary ability (O), and many more. Worker visas grant status based on your employment.

I am a green card holder. When can I apply for citizenship?

If you are a green card holder, you can apply for citizenship under immigrant law if you:

  • Have maintained permanent residency for five years or more,
  • Have not been outside of the U.S. for 30 months or more in the last five years,
  • Have resided in the district or state in which you are applying for citizenship for at least three months,
  • Know and speak basic English.

For more qualifying information, reference the Naturalization eligibility worksheet.

The Requirements & Advantages of Citizenship

Immigration Benefits of becoming a United States citizen include:

  • Protection from removal proceedings;
  • Citizenship for your children;
  • Freedom to travel whenever, wherever;
  • Ability to vote, and many more!

Family-based immigration

Family-based visas are granted to individuals who have an immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Investment visa

Immigrant investor visas or the EB-5 visa can provide the ability to live and work in the U.S. in addition to the ability to gain investments upon the completion of an eligible investment project.

Visitor visa

Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for people who want to visit the U.S. for leisure (B-1), for tourism (visa category B-2), or a combination of both (B-1/B-2).

WHY CHOOSE NEVADA LEGAL GROUP FOR MY CASE?

The Las Vegas immigration lawyers at Nevada Legal Group will help you through any immigration law-related matter, whether it’s a quick question, green card application, naturalization, or another kind of case.

A Las Vegas immigration attorney can also provide free consultation as part of our legal services, to discuss your case.

FAQ

How do I get a work visa?

You may qualify for a temporary worker visa if you have an employment offer and a company that is willing to sponsor you as a petitioner.

How do I get a student visa?

A student visa application requires a qualifying educational program. Contact a Las Vegas immigration lawyer at our law office to determine if you meet all of the requirements.

Can I get a green card?

You can apply for a green card if you are eligible for one or more of the green card application categories.

How long will my Green Card remain valid?

A green card is typically valid for ten years, except conditional permanent resident status, which is valid for two years.

Can a lawyer stop deportation?

An immigration lawyer in Las Vegas can assist you with your cancellation of removal application.

What are my chances to receive asylum in the U.S.?

In recent years, USCIS approves just under 30% of all asylum cases.

Can a U.S. citizen get deported?

You cannot be deported to your country of former citizenship or nationality. You’ll have just as much right as any other American to live and work in the United States.

What is the most common reason for deportation?

The most common reason for deportation is a criminal conviction, or breaking the law.

I overstayed a visa and married a U.S. citizen. Can I successfully apply for a green card?

If you overstay your visa and marry a U.S. citizen, you are exempt from the overstay immigration consequences and can apply for a green card through an adjustment of status.

Can you get deported with a green card?

While the green card allows you to live and work in the U.S., it is possible to be deported. This can happen as a result of breaking the law, failing to report a change of address, and many other reasons.

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