We understand that immigration is often a complicated issue that can cause serious confusion and stress for you and your family. You need an attorney you can trust to guide you through the visa process and the naturalization/citizenship procedure. If you are facing deportation, you need someone to fight for you. At Camp & Camp, we are on your side. Members of our staff who are fluent in Spanish are also available for those who need communication assistance. The pages below provide more information for you.
At Camp & Camp, we offer a broad array of visa services. Whether your goal is to visit, work temporarily in the United States or to become a resident, our attorneys will craft a solution for you.
We specialize in selecting a suitable visa category for both your immediate and future needs.
- Labor Certification
Non-Immigrant visas are for a temporary period of time. Depending on the category, they permit a foreign national to work, study, invest or visit the United States. Immigrant visas permit a foreign national to live and work in the United States permanently. Permanent residency may be obtained either through employment-based or family-based immigration.
Many people in the Unites States in permanent resident status want to learn more about U.S. citizenship. When this prospect arises, it is wise to study the benefits and obligations of U.S. citizenship before proceeding. Citizenship in the U.S. has many benefits:
- Citizens are entitled to vote in government elections
- Citizens are often entitled to more healthcare and benefits
- Citizens are entitled to travel inside and outside of the U.S., with no restriction on time spent outside of the U.S.
- Crimes (other than fraud related to the naturalization process) cannot lead to a citizen being placed in removal (deportation) proceedings
- Citizens have expanded and streamlined opportunities to petition for immigration benefits for their relatives
The process for becoming a citizen is not complex. For most permanent residents, if you have held and maintained resident status for five years, you may apply to naturalize. If you gained your resident status through marriage to a U.S. citizen, you are eligible after three years of resident status so long as you remain married to the U.S. citizen through whom you obtained your citizenship. If eligible, you would follow the basic process described below:
- Complete a naturalization application and submit it to Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Appear for an interview with an immigration officer, during which you will review your case for citizenship, take a U.S. language and civics test, and be asked to swear allegiance to the U.S.
- Participate in a ceremony during which you will again swear allegiance to the U.S. and be formally naturalized.
USCIS is serious about the language and civics test, and applicants must be prepared to pass these exams. With careful planning and strategy, applicants can be ready to excel in this important part of the interview process.
Permanent residents are often hesitant to start the naturalization process. In addition to the requisite that any naturalization applicant must swear allegiance to the U.S., the naturalization process includes a comprehensive background check and review of travel in and out of the United States.
You will benefit from following a comprehensive strategy for completing the naturalization process. The attorneys at Camp & Camp can help you develop this strategy.
Immigrants who have been approached with deportation to their home countries or prohibition from the United States often feel like they have no one to defend them. The lawyers of Camp & Camp have devoted themselves to defending people in removal proceedings. Our attorneys will actively defend you throughout the process. Contact us immediately after you learn of a potential deportation and/or hold from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
After a person is arrested or endures an investigation, a removal proceeding is scheduled to determine whether deportation to occur. The immigrant then acquires a “Notice to Appear” (NTA) from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the federal government’s Department of Homeland Security.
The removal proceeding is supervised over by an immigration judge, who hears arguments from both the immigrant’s lawyer and the USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services), the government agency seeking deportations. The judge then hands down one of three decisions: an order of termination, relief from removal or a removal.