Whether you are seeking a naturalization, lawful permanent residency (“green cards”), waivers, cancellation of removal, or asylum, our experienced lawyers are here to help. We keep families together through family-based immigration petitions and we respect your courage and determination to settle and adjust into American society.
Most immigration are reviewed in the chronological order. The filing date of the petition is called the applicant's "priority date." In the case of a, a visa cannot be issued until the priority date is reached. This means that there may be a lengthy waiting period. Sometimes that period may exceed several years. For a asylum, adjustment of status application, or a naturalization matter the interview date is determined by the date of filing.
Immigration law is a nuanced and ever-changing area of law and at The Umeh Law Firm, LLC, we will zealously represent you and assist you in presenting your case.
A person can apply for asylum through an affirmative application and defensive application.
Affirmative Asylum Application
An “affirmative asylum application” is when you submit your application directly to USCIS without being placed in removal proceedings. This involves preparing and submitting the required USCIS forms and then participating in an interview at your local USCIS office.
Defensive Asylum Application
A “defensive asylum application,” is available to people who have been placed in removal proceedings and who are “defending” themselves against being deported from the US. This involves the preparation and submission of the same forms directly to an immigration court judge. At your hearing, you will defend your claim for asylum using documentary evidence, witnesses, and your own testimony.
There are two categories of family-based immigrants: “immediate relatives” and relatives who fall under the “family preference category.” The main difference between these two is that immediate relatives do not have to wait in line in order to become eligible for visas.
Immediate relatives requires that the petitioner be a U.S. citizen and the Beneficiaries include:
2. Parents (if and only if the applicant is aged 21 or older)
3. Unmarried children of the citizen (if they are 21 years of age or younger)
Family preference category does not require that the petitioner be a U.S. citizen and the Beneficiaries include members from four different groups:
Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen if you were born outside of the United States. If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen after birth.
The process of obtaining United States citizenship through naturalization includes, essentially includes, filing a form and attending an interview and does not necessary require an attorney. However, if your eligibility is at issue, or you case is complicated due to a previous arrest, or you are nervous, then the assistant of an attorney is essential.
Complication involved in naturalization, includes