Answering Your Questions About Immigration
Immigration law is very complicated. If you are a foreign national living in Texas, you may have many questions about immigration law and how those laws affect your case. The Law Office of Rosa Maria Berdeja has years of experience helping hundreds of clients understand immigration law. We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions page to answer some of the questions we often hear.
How can I become a lawful permanent resident?
The three major ways to obtain lawful permanent resident status. Those are through a qualifying family member, an employer who sponsors you or by entering and winning the green card lottery.
What does US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) consider when conferring immigration status?
USCIS considers many factors, including:
- Whether you have immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
- Whether you are likely to become a public charge
- Whether you entered the country without inspection or were admitted and inspected
- Whether you have a criminal record
What are the grounds for deportation?
The court will deport an individual who has violated immigration laws or certain criminal laws. For example, entering the U.S. unlawfully or staying beyond a visa expiration date may qualify for deportation. Additionally, lawful permanent residents may be at risk of deportation if they violate certain criminal laws. If you are a lawful permanent resident with a criminal conviction, you should consult with a qualified immigration attorney to find out if you are at risk of losing your lawful permanent resident status and what you can do to prepare.
If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) comes to my work or home, what should I do?
Even if you do not have documentation to be in the country, you have certain rights. You have the right not to let an ICE agent into your home without a warrant. You have the right not to speak with an agent or police officer until you have an attorney. And that is exactly what you should do. Even if you are arrested, request an attorney and do not speak with ICE until you have one present.
Ask More Questions In A Consultation
If these answers scratched only the surface of your questions, sit down with our attorney in a one-on-one consultation. We will answer your questions and address any other concerns you have. To schedule a consultation, call our Fort Worth office at 817-923-6752 or send us an email.
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