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Las Vegas is one of the most ethnically-diverse cities in the U.S., yet immigrants are constantly under assault. The Trump administration seeks to demonize and deport foreigners, most of whom obey the law and pose no threat. Compounding this is the confusing and outdated regulations that make it difficult for foreigners to travel to the U.S.
Our Las Vegas Nevada immigration law attorneys are committed to making the process of coming to -- and staying in -- America as quick and easy as possible for you and your family.
Las Vegas, Nevada Immigration Law Attorneys
Immigrating to the U.S. involves seemingly endless forms, applications, fees, interviews, and waiting. Every day, good people who are eligible for U.S. residency get denied simply because of missing documentation or innocent errors in the paperwork. And sometimes the U.S. government makes clerical mistakes that can cause families to be torn apart if an experienced immigration attorney does not intervene.
To complicate matters, immigration laws are constantly changing depending on the political climate and international events. Therefore it is very hard for the average person to stay abreast of current regulations and requirements. But by having a skilled Las Vegas immigration attorney to complete and review all the applications, you can be sure you have the best shot of being approved and on your way to residency. Below is an overview of the immigration services Las Vegas Defense Group offers.
Visa Services in Las Vegas, Nevada
Our Las Vegas Nevada immigration lawyers represent foreign-born clients seeking various types of U.S. residency. The first step for coming to America is to secure a visa, which allows the visa-holder to enter the country. Visas are divided into two types: (i) immigrant visas, for foreigners seeking to stay in the U.S. permanently, and (ii) non-immigrant visas, for foreigners seeking to stay in the U.S. temporarily or until they get an immigrant visa.
Immigrant visas in Las Vegas, Nevada
In order to get an immigrant visa, foreign nationals usually must secure a sponsor that has petitioned and been approved by the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and National Visa Center. Qualifying sponsors are (1) relatives who are U.S. citizens or green card-holders, or (2) an employer.
1. Family-sponsored visas
- Spousal visa: For non-citizens with a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident husband or wife. The U.S. makes no distinction between opposite-sex and same-sex marriage visas.
Also refer to our article about immigration through adoption.
2. Work-sponsored visas
- EB-1 visa: Available to outstanding researchers or professors.
- EB-2 visa: Available to professionals holding advanced degrees (or their equivalent) and individuals sought by the U.S. for their exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business that will substantially benefit the U.S.'s economy, cultural or educational interests, or welfare.
- EB-3 visa: Available to skilled workers, professionals, and other workers.
- EB-4 visa: Available to religious workers, broadcasters, armed force members, Afghan and Iraqi translators, and others.
- EB-5 visa: Available to non-citizen entrepreneurs and investors.
Foreigners who cannot obtain a family or employer-sponsored visa may be able to win one through the U.S.'s Diversity Visa Lottery. In some circumstances, foreigners do not need a visa if they qualify for the Visa Waiver in Nevada. And illegal aliens may be able to apply for a visa while staying in the U.S. if they secure a provisional unlawful presence waiver.
Nonimmigrant Visas in Las Vegas, Nevada
Similar to immigrant visas, the non-immigrant application process usually requires petitioning the USCIS, having an interview, and providing evidence of the foreigner's purpose in traveling to the U.S. Non-immigrant visas usually have a maximum duration of stay. The majority of non-immigrant visas fall under one of the following categories:
- Fiancé(e) (K-1) visa: Available to non-citizens engaged to U.S. citizens.
- Child of Fiancé(e) (K-2) visa: Available to kids of non-citizens engaged to U.S. citizens.
- Non-immigrant spousal (K-3) visa: Available to the husband or wife of a U.S. citizen (while waiting for an immigrant spousal visa).
- Child of spouse non-immigrant (K-4) visa: Available to kids of a husband or wife of a U.S. citizen.
- L-1 visa: Available to managers, executives, and people with specialized knowledge at international companies to work in their U.S. offices.
- L-2 visa: Available to dependents of L-1 visa holders, including husbands and wifes and unmarried children under 21.
- O-1 visa: Available to non-citizens with extraordinary ability in either the arts, movies or TV, or sciences, education, business and athletics, to engage in official activity.
- P-1 visa: Available to internationally recognized foreign athletes, artists and entertainers to work at a specific event, competition or performance.
Also see our article about unlawful employment of aliens.
- B-2 visa: Available to tourists and vacationers.
- B-1 visa: Available to non-citizens traveling on business (refer to our article on the Business Visa Center).
5. School and Training
- Academic student (F-1) visa: Available to non-citizens to study at a U.S. scholastic institution.
- Vocational student (M-1) visa: Available to non-citizens to study at a U.S. technical school.
- Exchange visitor (J-1) visa: Available to non-citizen scholars, professors and other exchange visitors taking part in programs that further cultural exchange.
- A-1 visa: Available to heads of state, public ministers, ambassadors, career diplomats, officers, carrier couriers, and their immediate family.
- A-2 visa: Available to full-time government employees assigned to their embassy in the U.S., foreign military members assigned to a U.S. base, and their family members.
- G visa: Available to government representatives attending meetings for an international organization.
- U visa: Available to victims of domestic violence, rape, trafficking, or other abuse.
- Humanitarian parole: Available to non-citizens in emergency situations abroad.
Green Card Services in Las Vegas, Nevada
Foreigners with immigrant visas may eventually be eligible for Green Cards in Nevada, which makes them legal permanent residents (LPRs) of the U.S. Foreigners who are abuse victims in the U.S. may also be able to secure green cards through the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA).
Note that the process for applying for a green card while the applicant is outside the U.S. is called consular processing. If the foreigner is in the U.S., applying for a green card is called "adjustment of status."
Citizenship Services in Las Vegas, Nevada
Legal permanent residents are typically eligible to naturalize to become U.S. citizens within three-to-five years of obtaining green cards. LPRs need to take naturalization tests and an oath to become a citizen.
Note that foreign-born children can obtain U.S. citizenship through U.S citizen parents, and some foreigners may be able to maintain citizenship in their home country as well as the U.S. through dual citizenship.
Emergency Immigration Services in Las Vegas, Nevada
The U.S. offers various immigration options for people who are endangered in their home country: Foreigners currently abroad who are facing persecution may apply for refugee status. Meanwhile, foreigners in the U.S. who would face persecution if they returned to their home country can apply for asylum status or temporary protected status.
Note that visa holders and legal permanent residents who need to temporarily leave the U.S. for emergency reasons are not always guaranteed reentry; therefore, they should obtain emergency travel authorization beforehand.
Stopping Removal and other Immigration services in Las Vegas, Nevada
ICE officials have prosecutorial disecretion over which non-citizens to arrest. Especially under the current administration, no one is safe from removal or deportation. Our Las Vegas immigration lawyers represent clients in cancellation of removal proceedings in Nevada. In some cases, clients may choose voluntary departure from the U.S. over the risk of getting deported.
Foreigners who are arrested in Nevada for committing certain felonies or misdemeanors (such as aggravated felonies, crimes involving moral turpitude and other deportation offenses) are also vulnerable to removal, but our Las Vegas immigration attorneys may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed to avoid the risk of removal altogether. Learn about our criminal defense of immigrants in Nevada. Other immigration services our lawyers provide include helping people remain in the U.S. through the Child Status Protection Act and deferred action (DACA).
Las Vegas immigration lawyers in Nevada dedicated to you…
There are numerous reasons people need Nevada immigration attorneys. Check out our Nevada Immigration A-Z Library to see what kind of immigration cases we handle. Additionally, our Las Vegas immigration law attorneys do so much more than just help our clients fill out and submit required paperwork. We also accompany our clients to interviews with the USCIS. We defend our clients against ICE at judicial hearings. And if necessary, we take our clients' cases all the way to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Whether you are seeking just a nonimmigrant visa, an immigrant visa, permanent residency, or full-fledged naturalization, our compassionate legal staff will hold your hand every step of the way. If you or a loved one is hoping to live in America temporarily or permanently, contact our Las Vegas Nevada immigration attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a consultation. We will do everything in our power to expedite the visa and immigration process so you can call America your home as soon as possible. We serve people from all parts of the globe including Mexico, Canada, Russia, Korea, the Philippines, the U.K., France, and throughout South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
Note that the USCIS has two immigration offices in Nevada: Las Vegas immigration office, and Reno immigration office that offer biometrics services. Immigration cases are handled in Las Vegas Immigration Court. People in ICE custody are detained at Las Vegas Immigration Jail.