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It is important for legal permanent residents to consider becoming a United States citizen. There are several rights that a United States citizen has, such as the right to vote and apply for federal jobs. A United States citizen can petition for other family members that a legal permanent resident cannot. Although applying for citizenship may sound easy enough, it is best for a legal permanent resident to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to determine whether citizenship is their best option. There are certain crimes and issues that may come up that can place the legal permanent resident in removal proceedings.
Any non-citizen of the United States, including legal permanent residents, whom violate an immigration law can be placed in removal proceedings. There are two immigration courts in Florida, Orlando and Miami. Although individuals in removal proceedings have a right to an attorney, it is at their own expense, and the government will not provide you with an attorney. If you find yourself in removal proceedings, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney immediately as there can be deadlines that you must meet. An experienced attorney will go over your immigration and criminal history thoroughly to determine whether there is any immigration relief available.
Many immigrants are victims of serious crimes but are afraid to contact the police for fear of being deported. Know that current laws exist to protect both legal and undocumented immigrants who are victims of certain serious crimes inlcuding, but not limited to, domestic violence and human trafficking. Immigrants who have suffered substantial mental or physical harm because of the crime and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity may qualify for a nonimmigrant visa. If you were victim of a crime, contact our office for a thorough review of your case to see if you qualify for a non-immigrant visa.
Are you married or engagd to a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and wish to come to the United States? Do you have children that you would like to bring to the United States with you? You and your family have a right to be together and although this may sound as a simple procedure, it is not. Do not risk your family's future or delay your ability to come to the United States by filing the wrong forms. Contact G. Gamez Law to schedule an appointment to review your eligibility for a fiance visa or legal permanent residence and prepare the necessary forms to bring your family to the United States.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
- Emma Lazarus “The New Colossus” Statue of Liberty
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