DC Immigration Lawyer Blog

Immigration law is complex and is constantly changing. Learn more about your immigration options by reading the articles on the DC Immigration Lawyer Blog:
 

What is an immigrant visa?

If you are interested in helping your spouse or another family member immigrate to the United States, then you likely are interested in finding out how you can help them join you in the United States as quickly as possible. After all, who wants to be separated from their loved ones any longer than necessary?

Immigrant Visas Based on Family Relationships

Depending on your situation, an immigrant visa based on your family relationship may be the best option for reuniting your family. United States citizens can help their parents, spouse, married children, unmarried children, brothers and sisters get immigrant visas. Permanent residents can help their spouses and unmarried children get visas. The length of time it takes to get an immigrant visa will depend on the type of family relationship. You can check the Visa Bulletin for immigrant visa waiting times.

This type of visa allows a person to immigrate to the United States. This means that when they enter the United States using their visa, they will become a permanent resident and will get a green card. The green card will allow your family member to live and work in America.

Immigrant Visas Are Not For Just Visiting The United States

However, it is important to keep in mind the restrictions of becoming a permanent resident. In particular, permanent residents are expected to reside in the United States. You should not plan on using an immigrant visa so that you can get a green card to use as a replacement for a tourist visa.

If your spouse or family member just wants to be able to freely visit the United States without needing a tourist or B2 visa, they will likely be disappointed with the immigrant visa process. Even if they successfully get a green card through the immigrant visa process, they will likely lose it once immigration officials realize that they are not living in America and are basically just using their green card as a visa. You should always make sure that your family member intends to immigrate before you spend the time and money getting them a visa.

Do I need an immigration lawyer for my immigrant visa case?

There is no requirement to use the services of an immigration lawyer in order to file for an immigrant visa to get a green card. But, many people will find the services of an immigration lawyer to be extremely valuable to successfully navigating the immigrant visa process. An experienced immigration lawyer can:

  • Provide you with legal advice that will help minimize the time it takes for you to get a green card
  • Help keep your case on track to avoid unnecessary delays
  • Help ensure that your application is submitted correctly and with all of the evidence necessary to help your application get approved quickly
  • Communicate with USCIS and the Department of State on your behalf
  • Represent you if the government requests additional information about your case
  • Represent you if you need to file an appeal in the event your application is denied
  • Provide legal advice and assistance if you need to apply for a waiver

Who is the best immigration waiver lawyer in Virginia?

The ability for your family to live together is at stake… If you need an immigration waiver, then your ability to live with your family in the United States is at stake. If your waiver application is not approved, you may be separated from your family for 3 years, 10 years, or even forever. With [...]

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Deferred Action Guide for Virginia and DC Residents

Are you trying to decide whether you should apply for deferred action? If you’re trying to decide whether to apply for deferred action, you probably have a lot of questions. To help make it easier for you to get answers, I’m making my Deferred Action Guide for Virginia and DC Residents available as a free [...]

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When can I apply for deferred action for young immigrants?

The new policy on deferred action for certain young immigrants is attracting a lot of attention from immigrants in Virginia and DC. Many young immigrants who meet the basic qualifications for deferred action are eagerly looking forward to submitting their applications so that they will be eligible to obtain work authorization cards, driver’s licenses and [...]

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Obama’s Deferred Action Policy for Young Immigrants

The Obama administration recently announced a new policy on deferred action for certain young immigrants. Because this policy has the potential to save some young immigrants from deportation and may offer others an opportunity to obtain a work card, it has generated a lot of interest among young immigrants in Virginia and DC. Most of [...]

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Visa Bulletin – May 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

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What should I do if I receive a Notice to Appear or NTA for immigration court?

Receiving a Notice to Appear or NTA can be a frightening experience because a Notice to Appear indicates that you are facing an immigration court case and that you could be deported. The following tips should be helpful if you or someone you know receives an NTA and have an immigration case at the Arlington [...]

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Syrians Now Able to Apply for TPS

Syrian nationals are now able to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if they meet all of the requirements for the program. Those who are granted Temporary Protected Status will be able to remain in the United States for the next 18 months and will be able to obtain work authorization cards so that they [...]

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) For Syrians

Syria was designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on March 23, 2012. This means that those who apply for and are granted TPS will be allowed to remain in the United States  for 18 months (and possibly longer if TPS is extended). They will also be allowed to apply for work cards so that they [...]

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Parole in Place (PIP) Granted While In Deportation Proceedings

Is it possible to get Parole in Place for a military spouse who is in immigration court proceedings? Yes, but there are no guarantees that you will be granted parole in place or PIP if you are in deportation proceedings. In February 2012 a Schaefer Immigration client was granted parole in place while he was [...]

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Who are the best immigration lawyers in DC?

Who are the best immigration lawyers in DC? The good news is that if you are in the Washington, DC area, you will have many good immigration lawyers in the area. This means that you will likely be able to find one that is a good match for you and your case. Because of how [...]

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Fiance Visa For Exchange Student Couple From Latin America

A Schaefer Immigration client was granted a fiance visa recently. The couple initially consulted with Schaefer Immigration when they first decided to get married so that they could discuss their case with a DC fiance visa lawyer to get advice on the best way to get a K1 fiance visa. They had originally met through [...]

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Do I get United States citizenship if I marry a citizen?

Marrying a United States citizen does not make you a citizen automatically, but it could provide you with a path to becoming a permanent resident and then eventually a citizen. United States Citizenship Through Marriage The first step on your path to becoming a citizen will likely be for your spouse to help you with [...]

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Visa Bulletin – April 2012

Each month the Department of State publishes a Visa Bulletin that lets you know what immigrant visas are currently being processed. In order to determine if there is a visa number currently available for you, you should check the Visa Bulletin each month. To read this month’s bulletin, simply locate the preference class for your [...]

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What is parole in place for military spouses?

Parole in place or PIP is a process that may allow some family members of active duty military personnel to be able to remain in the United States even if they did not lawfully enter the United States. If parole in place is granted, the family member may then be eligible to file for adjustment [...]

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