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Immigration Law

Immigration Law

Immigration is one of the most diverse areas of law. You may have come to the United States without status decades ago, built a good life and family, and now wonder if there is a way for you to legally reside here. Maybe you fell in love with someone from another country and are ready to have them come live with you. You might have recently become a citizen and would like to help your family in your home country achieve that same dream. You may be talented and wish to find a way to share that talent and work here in the United States. In other cases, you may be trying to escape danger or tragedy where you were born and all you need is a safe place to land. No matter your background or circumstances, you need an experienced immigration attorney to help you through the immigration process.

Immigration laws in the United States are difficult to navigate. Our system is in a constant state of change and can be a tough area of the law to understand. The application processes involved in immigrating are confusing, expensive, time consuming, and intimidating. If you find yourself in immigration court proceedings, the process can be overwhelming and disheartening. With the changes being made to immigration laws and the difficulty non-citizens currently face, figuring out the right path forward will be tough whether you have no legal status, are in deportation proceedings in immigration court, or are on your way to becoming a citizen.

Even the smallest mistakes or missed technicalities can be costly in the immigration process. You will need a dedicated attorney who cares about you and your family to ensure that your case is processed efficiently, affordably, and properly. We can assist clients from all over the world with family-based petitions, humanitarian-based applications, waivers, and deportation proceedings. No matter how simple or complex your case may seem, we will guide you through the process and make sure your case is treated with the care and consideration you and your family deserve.

Renewals of Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (Work Permits)

Applying for a work permit can seem like a fairly simple process, but even simple mistakes can mean the difference between getting approved and denied for a renewal. Your ability to work is not something you should risk. Our office can help you keep up with the timeline to file your renewal application, make sure that all of the required supporting evidence is included, and give you the best chance of continued permission to work.

Petition to Remove Conditions

If you filed to became permanent resident (green card holder) based on your marriage to a U.S. citizen your status is “conditional” and will expire after two years. This means that if you do not file a petition to remove conditions on your residence your status will automatically terminate. To avoid this outcome, you will need an attorney to prepare a Petition to Remove Conditions on your behalf.

DACA / Renewals

If you or a family member need a DACA renewal it is important to have an experienced attorney assist with your case. Even a small, technical mistake could result in a loss of DACA and the security and freedom you and your family need.

Temporary Protected Status

Temporary Protected Status, or “TPS” provides people from certain countries with ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary conditions that make it unsafe to return, with temporary legal status in the United States. TPS is typically designated for only those countries where there is civil war, a natural disaster like a hurricane or earthquake, or similar circumstances.

Bond

If you or a family member has been detained and placed in removal proceedings in immigration court, you might be wondering if and how you will be able to get out of detention and reunite with your family. Immigration court cases can go on for years so typically this is the first and most important priority for detainees or their families.

EOIR Processes / Removal Proceedings

The immigration court system is the mechanism by which citizens of other countries are placed in removal proceedings and deported from the United States. You can be placed in removal even if you are legally in the U.S. Being in immigration court is one of the most distressing and uncertain situations for individuals and families. It can be difficult to understand what is happening and how you should move forward.

Parole in Place

If you are serving in the United States military, are a veteran, or are a military spouse, you have probably heard of Parole in Place. Chances are that you have also been able to find very little clear and accurate information on the subject and how it could help you or your spouse. Our government knows that military members and their families make important sacrifices for our country. Parole in Place is just one way our government tries to support these individuals.

T and U Visas

The U and T visas were both created to give victims of crime or human trafficking the opportunity to obtain legal status in the United States if they have cooperated with law enforcement to help investigate or prosecute crime. These visas can be a powerful tool to help foreign nationals who may not have any other route to legal status to gain security for themselves and their families. The Cassell Firm’s immigration attorney has helped many victims of crime and human trafficking get U and T visa applications approved so that they can move forward to a happier and brighter future.

Cancellation of Removal

If you have found yourself in Immigration Court facing deportation, you may have heard of cancellation of removal. This is a form of immigration relief that is only available through immigration court proceedings. It can be used by either permanent residents or people who have no immigration status.

Naturalization

Gaining citizenship is the final step of the immigration process. There are exceptions to many of the rules determining who is eligible to become a citizen and many pitfalls you will need help to avoid. While complex, it is the most rewarding part of the immigration process and the part of a client’s case most looked forward to by immigration attorneys. However simple or complex your case may be, our Nashville immigration lawyer looks forward to helping you navigate this final stage of your journey.

Adjustment of Status (Getting a Green Card)

The term “Adjustment of Status” is just a formal way of saying that you or your family member are applying for a green card. The process to obtain a green card can be long and there are several steps you must take before you apply. There is also a difference in how you apply for a green card when you are in the United States and when you still live in another country.

Inadmissibility and Deportability

If you become deportable, you will probably be issued a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court. If that happens, you will need an attorney to assist you through this process. You must also be sure that you attend all court dates as ordered to avoid deportation in absentia.

Waivers

When you apply for a visa or green card, the U.S. government will be checking to make sure you are admissible to the United States. Admissibility is related to whether you are allowed, by law, to enter the United States. If you are found “inadmissible” to the United States, you will not be permitted to enter or stay in the country. Characteristics you may have that make you inadmissible are referred to as “grounds for inadmissibility” and include things such as criminal conviction, visa overstays, and past deportations.