Family Immigration

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Adelante Legal represents couples, parents, and children in their family petitions for their loved ones, ensuring that families can stay together or are reunited in the United States.

If you are a U.S. citizen or green card-holder, certain of your relatives may be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or green card through you. Before they can apply however, you must file a family petition on their behalf to prove that they are your relatives.

After their family petition is approved and they are eligible to apply for a visa, your relatives living abroad can immigrate to the United States by obtaining an immigrant visa, while your relatives already in the United States can apply for a green card from within the U.S.

Since March 2013, USCIS has allowed immigrants who entered the United States illegally and are now married to a U.S. citizen to apply for a waiver of their unlawful presence in the United States before traveling abroad to apply for their immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy. This waiver is known as a “provisional waiver.”

Adelante Legal can help couples prepare the numerous documents and legal arguments needed to demonstrate the extreme hardship the US citizen spouse will endure if separated from their immigrant spouse.

If a client is eligible to apply for a green card or already has a green card, but has a criminal record, has committed fraud or misrepresentation in past encounters with the US government, or has violated U.S. immigration laws, there are certain waivers available to overcome the inadmissibility and deportability grounds triggered by these violations.

Adelante Legal helps clients determine whether they are eligible to apply for a waiver and with the waiver application process.

Individuals who have had their green card for five years or three years (if they have been married to a U.S. citizen for the three year period), are eligible to apply for citizenship. Applicants must also be able to prove they have “good moral character,” that they meet the physical and continuous presence requirements, and that they understand U.S. history and civics and can speak the English language.

Adelante Legal specializes in complex citizenship cases involving criminal convictions, other “good moral character” issues, issues with extended travel outside the United States, and/or other issues that may pose a problem for obtaining citizenship.

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