Determined & Skilled Immigration Defense

San Jose Family Immigration Lawyer

Providing Additional Services in San Francisco

Do You Need Help with a Petition for a Green Card?

There are a number of steps to the process of obtaining a "Green Card" which you and your family member must complete in order to be successful.

  • You must qualify by having a close relation who resides in the United States either as a citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Your family member must prepare a Petition for Alien Relative (I-130 form) and file it with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). Your relative must attach documents that prove your family relationship. This is best accomplished with the assistance of qualified legal counsel.
  • Upon receipt of the application, the matter is referred to the Department of State to find out if there is an immigrant visa number available for your family-based category. You may apply for a number once one becomes available on the State Department Visa Bulletin.
  • If you are outside the U.S. you must go to the U.S. Consulate in your area to complete the processing before the number becomes yours. If you are already in the U.S. your next step is to seek an adjustment of status to permanent resident.

The I-130 form is not completely self-explanatory. There are pitfalls to avoid, particularly for married couples with prior divorces, and for parents who weren't married at the time of the birth of their petitioning son or daughter. You are urged to contact a San Jose immigration defense attorney for guidance through this process.

San Francisco and San Jose Family Immigration Petition Lawyer

Your family immigration petition needs to be completed correctly the first time. Complete and correct documentation must accompany the petition which must arrive at the appropriate USCIS immigration office. Our legal team can skillfully help you or your family members through the process of preparing a properly completed petition and document package and take the appropriate measures to ensure the application package arrives intact.

As a former New York Law professor, and former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service attorney and prosecutor, Mr. Shanfield has the skill and expertise to attack difficulties that might arise during the processing of a petition. You can be confident that your petition issues will be addressed with skill and professionalism.

Contact a family immigration petition attorney in San Francisco and San Jose at our firm for dedicated assistance applying for permanent residency status for yourself or your relatives.

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