Top Miami Immigration Lawyers - Florida

The Law Offices of George Giosmas helps provide legal access to United States of America: Visas, Green Cards and Citizenship to people from countries around the world. Immigration issues can be quite complex and difficult to understand. Our goal is to make it possible to achieve your visa, residency and/or citizenship goals with a minimum of difficulty. Our staff is experienced in all phases of...

Cuevas, Garcia & Torres, P.A. is a full service law firm located in Miami, Florida, the international gateway to Latin America. Founded in 1995, our areas of law practice include immigration and Naturalization Law, Real Estate Law (Loan modifications, short-sales, and closings), Condominium Association Law, Homeowner Association Law, Business and Corporate Transactions and Litigation, and...

Located in Miami Lakes, Florida, the law firm of Croce & Associates focuses solely on immigration law. Serving clients throughout the Miami metro area, across the country and around the world, our law firm provides compassionate, effective assistance and support for those who have legal needs related to any of the following: Family-based (fiancé/ee,spouse, parents and children) petitions for...

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Broward County's Premiere Immigration Law Practice Located in Hollywood, Florida, the law firm of Garcia, Miranda & Gonzalez-Rua, P.A., offers a comprehensive range of immigration law services to help our clients with their most important and pressing immigration matters. Serving all of Broward and Miami-Dade counties as well as the rest of South...

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 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.

How do I choose a lawyer?

Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information?  Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice?  Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee?  Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?

Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?

Here are a few to get you started:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How many cases like mine have you handled?
  • How often do you settle cases out of court?
  • What are your fees and costs?
  • What are the next steps?

Want to check lawyer discipline?

It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:

  • Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
  • Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
  • Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.

Court Locations in Miami, Fl

Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building - County Criminal
1351 NW 12th St.
Miami, FL 33125
Phone: (305) 275-1155

Miami-Dade County Courthouse - Civil & Probate
73 W Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: (305) 275-1155

Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center - Family
175 NW 1st Ave.
Miami, FL 33128
Phone: (305) 275-1155