Top Starke Immigration Lawyers - Florida

Since its inception, the U.S. has been a nation of immigrants. It has been built by the hard work, dedication, and inspiration of generations of immigrants from all over the world. Ware Immigration is proud to serve those who wish to contribute their talents and creativity to this country's richness. Founded in 1982 by David Ware, Ware Immigration is now the preeminent immigration law firm in the...

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...

  • 31640 U.S. Highway 19 North,Suite 4 Palm Harbor FL 34684 28.059923 -82.74084

    At Verras Law PA, we represent clients throughout the Tampa Bay area in estate planning, probate, trust and elder law matters. When seeking a law firm for these very personal legal matters, it is important to work with a lawyer who will take the time to understand your individual circumstances and will provide you with professional legal solutions.  We primarily represent clients in legal...

  • 5406 Hoover Blvd.,Ste. 11 Tampa FL 33634 27.997957 -82.5348

    Representing clients with compassion and professionalism. We handle cases worldwide for greencards, naturalization, asylum, removal, deportation, family based petitions, fiancé visas, VAWA visas and more. We also help clients in estate planning; probate administration; trust administration; probate litigation; and guardianships in the state of Florida. At the Law Office of Cynthia I....

  • 96 Willard St.,#302 Cocoa FL 32922 28.356834 -80.7252

    Your Lawyers For The Long Term At Cantwell & Goldman, PA, we want to be your lawyers for life. Our attorneys strive to develop long-term relationships with our clients, based on mutual trust and respect. We are dedicated to making our clients’ individual and business goals a reality. Legal Services In Business And Commercial Law, Estate Planning And Real Estate, Immigration and Criminal...

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    2451 McMullen Booth Rd.,#239 Clearwater FL 33759 28.010345 -82.709755

    Representing clients with compassion and professionalism. We handle cases worldwide for greencards, naturalization, asylum, removal, deportation, family based petitions, fiancé visas, VAWA visas and more. We also help clients in estate planning; probate administration; trust administration; probate litigation; and guardianships in the state of Florida. At the Law Office of Cynthia I....

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    201 South Westland Avenue Tampa FL 33606 27.943178 -82.482254

    As Trial Lawyers, we have the experience, resources and drive to take your Personal Injury case all the way to a jury trial. In order to maximize the value of your case, we understand the threat we pose to insurance companies and defense attorneys for our ability to take a case to trial.  The firm files lawsuits against individuals or corporations who have been negligent throughout the State...

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    703 West Bay Street Tampa FL 33606 27.938269 -82.467545

    Knowledge is power. At the Law Firm of Ayo & Iken PLC, in Tampa, Florida, we share our knowledge to empower our clients. Your legal concern may involve divorce, a criminal arrest, overwhelming debt, immigration concerns, or a dispute over money or property. In all cases, we will work to improve your situation. Although many attorneys use their legal knowledge to erect a wall between themselves...

  • Tampa Office Available By Appointment Only Tampa FL 33606 27.939129 -82.47664

    At Verras Law PA, we represent clients throughout the Tampa Bay area in estate planning, probate, trust and elder law matters. When seeking a law firm for these very personal legal matters, it is important to work with a lawyer who will take the time to understand your individual circumstances and will provide you with professional legal solutions.  We primarily represent clients in legal...

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    3000 West Gulf to Bay Blvd.,Wilder Building Clearwater FL 33760 27.961237 -82.71238

    Honesty is important in any relationship. At the Law Firm of Ayo & Iken PLC, in Clearwater, Florida, we put honesty with our clients first. Whether your legal concern involves divorce, a criminal arrest, overwhelming debt, immigration concerns, or a dispute over money or property, you can be assured of receiving clear and honest advice from our attorneys. Unlike some law firms that emphasize...

  • 555 S Hercules Ave.,Suite 402 Clearwater FL 33764 27.959335 -82.753944

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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?

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.