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Top Dallas Immigration Lawyers - Texas

I am immigration attorney Jae Lee, and from my law firm in Plano, Texas, the Law Office of Jae Lee, I strive to provide the highest level of advocacy and support to help you achieve your dream of living and working legally in the United States. Serving clients throughout Collin, Dallas and Denton counties and all of the surrounding areas, I have years of experience in many areas of immigration...

For many people, the opportunity to live and work in America is a dream. At the law office of Harrison - Donaldson, Attorney at Law, in Irving, Texas, we work to make that dream a reality by guiding individuals and their families through the immigration process. If you want to build a new life for yourself and your family, you do not have to figure out the complex rules and regulations on your...

The Law Office of Alfonso Venegas provides experienced counsel in immigration and naturalization matters in both the United States and Mexico. As an immigrant who navigated the citizenship process himself, Alfonso Venegas is pleased to represent immigrants seeking citizenship in the U.S. or in Mexico. Providing legal services in fluent English and Spanish, our clients are assured of clear...

At Mark A. Perez, P.C., located in Dallas, Texas, we are skilled and accomplished criminal defense attorneys. With our extensive experience in defending those charged with a criminal offense, we are well-positioned to assist you in your drug-related or violent crime defense, including sex crimes . We represent clients throughout the cities and surrounding areas of Dallas, McKinney, Sherman, and...

What are the requirements for U.S. citizenship?

In order to naturalize as a citizen of the United States, the initial requirement for all applicants is to be a Permanent Resident (i.e. have a Green Card). Depending on your situation, you’ll need to have been a permanent resident for at least three to five years prior to applying for citizenship. In addition, you must be at least 18 years old when you file your naturalization application; be able to speak, read and write basic English; and be a person of good moral character. For many of the requirements, certain exceptions apply and it’s useful to consult with an attorney near you to see whether you qualify for requirement exemptions.

How to get a Green Card?

There are a variety of methods for obtaining a Green Card, including through marriage or employment. A Green Card permits an individual the right to permanent residency in the United States. Although marriage to a U.S. citizen is a common means of obtaining a Green Card, there are various other methods such as a family member petitioning on your behalf, seeking asylum or residency as a refugee, an employer bringing you to this country for work, etc. An attorney can help determine whether you meet eligibility criteria and guide you through the arcane application procedures of immigration law.

How long does I-140 processing take?

In the United States, there are two USCIS service centers which process the I-140 immigration form. The time it takes to process will vary slightly depending on the service center. However, in general, the form takes an average of six months to process. Premium processing is a service offered by USCIS which guarantees processing of your I-140 within two weeks. This service requires an additional fee of over $1200. If USCIS is unable to process your form within 2 weeks, it will refund your money and continue with expedited processing. An immigration attorney will be able to provide you with much more specific information and can advise you on the best course of action with regards to filing your I-140.

What is the H1B to Green Card process?

During the Green Card application process, which can be lengthy, it is critical that you maintain lawful immigration status. Under certain circumstances, you can request an extension of your H-1B status in one-year increments while your Green Card application is being processed. H-1B extension processing time usually averages around 2-3 months although USCIS doesn’t offer any time guarantees. Working with an attorney to ensure timely and proper filing while remaining in legal immigration compliance is crucial to a successful adjustment of your status.

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Credentials
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Cost
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City
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Court Locations in Dallas, Tx

George Allen Courts Building - Civil and Family Courts
600 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 653-7121

Frank Crowley Criminal Building - Criminal Courts
133 N Riverfront Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 653-5740

Frank Crowley Criminal Building - Collections
134 N Riverfront Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 653-2979

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