Updated May 26, 2020
Las Vegas is one of the most diverse United States cities. Yet immigrants are under assault. The Trump administration demonizes foreigners though most non-citizens obey the law and pose no threat. Compounding this are confusing and outdated regulations. They make immigrating to the U.S. seem impossible.
Our Las Vegas Nevada immigration law attorneys are committed to immigrants. We make the process of coming to -- and staying in -- America as quick and easy as possible for you and your family.
For specific immigration issues, visit our Nevada immigration library of practice areas A to Z. Also see our sample case results.
Do I need an immigration attorney?
Navigating the immigration pipeline is difficult. U.S. immigration laws are complicated and changing. The deck is stacked against foreigners. And one mistake can make the difference between legal status and deportation.
An experienced attorney raises your odds of success. But we do more than just paperwork on immigration matters. We accompany clients to USCIS interviews. We defend our clients against ICE at judicial hearings. We appear in immigration court. And if necessary, we take cases all the way to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Can I get a green card?
There are many ways to qualify for lawful permanent resident status (LPR). Often a family member or employer sponsors immigrants for permanent residency. Another avenue is refugee status or asylum. And domestic violence abuse victims may be eligible through the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA).
Applying for a green card while outside the U.S. is called consular processing. This may take up to six months. Applying while inside the U.S. is called “adjustment of status.” Changing immigration status may take a year. But if an employer is sponsoring, the process can be expedited. We can help with the green card application.
How quickly can I become a citizen?
LPRs are usually eligible to naturalize and gain U.S. citizenship within three to five years. They must then pass naturalization tests and swear an oath. And some immigrants may maintain dual citizenship with their home country.
Can I bring my family to live in the U.S.?
How do I get a work visa?
U.S.-based employers need to sponsor foreign workers. There are several different types of work visas available depending on:
- The type of employment, and
- Whether the worker wishes to remain in the U.S. permanently
One of the most common immigrant visas is the EB-3 visa. This is available to skilled workers, professionals, and other workers. The time it takes to secure an employment visa ranges from days to months.
How do I get a student visa?
Foreign students first need to be accepted into an academic program. Then during the non-immigrant visa application process, students must show that they can afford to live in the U.S. while attending school.
Two common student visas are:
- Academic student (F-1) visas for colleges and universities; and
- Vocational student (M-1) visas for technical school
The process to secure a visa may take several months. So students should apply to their school of choice well ahead of time.
Am I eligible for asylum?
Foreigners fearing persecution in their home country may be eligible for asylum in the U.S. This process usually takes six months. Then they may be eligible for a green card in only a year.
An alternative to asylum is temporary protected status (TPS). It is not a long-term solution. But it could pave the way to a visa.
Can you stop me from getting deported?
Our Las Vegas deportation defense attorneys have had great success in keeping clients in the U.S. We take care of all the visa and green card paperwork. This maximizes the odds of the applications going through.
We also defend clients facing criminal charges and deportation proceedings. Our criminal defense attorneys fight for cancellation of removal. And we negotiate plea bargains where charges may get reduced to non-deportable offenses.
We also help people remain in the U.S. through:
What if I am in the U.S. illegally?
One possibility is getting a provisional unlawful presence waiver. Undocumented aliens can then stay in the U.S. temporarily. In the meantime, they can apply for a visa.
How is COVID-19 affecting immigration?
Due to the coronavirus crisis, application processing is delayed. It is estimated that visa applications will take an extra five-to-eight months to process. And green cards will take an extra eleven-to-fourteen months to process.
Visa-holders unable to leave the U.S. before their visa expires due to travel restrictions may be able to get an extension. Learn about Satisfactory Departure.
Non-citizens who collect unemployment and/or test positive for COVID-19 should not be prejudiced when applying for new visas, green cards, or citizenship.
USCIS offices are closed at least through June 3, 2020. But they may be able to schedule emergency appointments. For questions, contact the USCIS Contact Center.
Las Vegas Immigration Lawyers
Whatever your needs, our Las Vegas immigration attorneys are here for you with legal advice. Contact us at 702-780-0570 for a free consultation on your immigration goals. Our law firm has years of experience and will do everything in our power to expedite the immigration process.
Our immigration lawyers can meet in our office in Las Vegas, NV, or else we can consult about our immigration services over the phone or through video-conference (Zoom, Skype, Facetime).
Our law office serves people in all types of immigration cases 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.
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