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Top Smiths Grove Immigration Lawyers - Kentucky

Based in Louisville, and serving throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, the Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC, is a full-service legal resource serving the region's immigrant community.  The laws that govern U.S. immigration are confusing and complex. It can be incredibly difficult for individuals seeking employment, residency, citizenship or asylum to understand what they need to do to achieve...

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The Law Offices of Dennis M. Clare concentrates its practice in the area of immigration and nationality law. The firm represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS formerly the INS), Department of Labor, United States Information Agency, Executive Offices of the Immigration Courts throughout the U.S., and before U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. During...

At the Law Offices of Jonathan A. Bartell in Cleveland, Ohio, our attorneys represent clients nationwide in all immigration law matters. Do you want to come to the U.S. on a family visa or another type of visa, or do you need help bringing someone to the U.S.? Are you a current permanent resident interested in establishing citizenship? No matter how challenging your immigration law matter may...

At Stanford Law Office, clients find a concerned advocate committed to helping them resolve immigration matters. We help employers secure visas and immigration authorizations for valued employees. We help individuals achieve their dreams of U.S. residency and citizenship. We reunite family members so they can grow and prosper in America. At Stanford Law Office, we know that the immigration and...

  • Based in Louisville, and serving throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, the Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC, is a full-service legal resource serving the region's immigrant community.  The laws that govern U.S. immigration are confusing and complex. It can be incredibly difficult for individuals seeking employment, residency, citizenship or asylum to understand what they need to do to achieve...

  • The Law Offices of Dennis M. Clare concentrates its practice in the area of immigration and nationality law. The firm represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS formerly the INS), Department of Labor, United States Information Agency, Executive Offices of the Immigration Courts throughout the U.S., and before U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad. During...

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  • Here at the Attum Law Office in Louisville, Kentucky, we are fully prepared to help you with all the serious and pressing legal matters affecting your life, your freedom and your future. To that end, our law firm offers exceptional representation to clients across our area who have legal needs involving any of the following: Immigration law Criminal defense Personal injury A top-rated and...

  • At Stanford Law Office, clients find a concerned advocate committed to helping them resolve immigration matters. We help employers secure visas and immigration authorizations for valued employees. We help individuals achieve their dreams of U.S. residency and citizenship. We reunite family members so they can grow and prosper in America. At Stanford Law Office, we know that the immigration and...

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    If you live or work in Mercer County, Kentucky, and you face serious and complex legal challenges that adversely affect your livelihood, your company or your future, you can turn to the legal professionals at Hicks & Funfsinn, PLLC, in Harrodsburg for the highest level of advocacy and support possible to help you obtain the justice you seek. Established by highly rated and experienced...

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    Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Fayette County and the surrounding areas from their law office in Lexington, Kentucky, the attorneys at Hicks & Funfsinn, PLLC, provide unmatched advocacy and support to those dealing with complex legal challenges that threaten their livelihoods, their businesses and their futures. Led by highly rated and experienced trial attorneys Joshua D. Hicks...

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.

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 near you?

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?

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  • 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.