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Experienced and motivated, our team at Dunham & Jones in Austin, Texas, has a proven track record of protecting clients who have been charged with a crime. In every case that comes to our law office, our goal is a dismissal. We have done just that in matters that include the following: DWI Family violence Threats Felonies and misdemeanors Theft  We have 15 law offices across the state...

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...

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    The accomplished attorney at Clements Law Firm, PLLC, provides full-service legal support to residents of Abilene, Lubbock, the rest of Taylor County and neighboring jurisdictions in Texas. Our firm's main focuses are family law, divorce, business formation, business dispute resolution, criminal defense, and civil litigation. Cory Clements started his firm to make sure individuals and businesses...

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    At Vana & Vana in Burnet, Texas, our law firm is devoted to criminal defense, family law and immigration. We are proud to represent clients not only in and around Burnet but also in Marble Falls, Bertram and throughout Burnet County. We are dedicated to providing honest, ethical and creative advice, counsel and representation in the following areas; Criminal defense: arson, assault, burglary,...

  • Whatever challenge you currently face — criminal charges, a child custody battle, workplace injury or any of our many practice areas — the attorneys of Bailey & Galyen in Weatherford, Texas, has one top priority: solving your legal puzzle.™ In and around Weatherford, one multipractice firm is known for its depth of knowledge and breadth of legal experience: Bailey & Galyen....

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  • Finding The Best Solutions For Our Fellow Texans The attorneys at the Law Offices of Kelley F. Whalen, P.C., combine more than 65 years of experience in providing personalized legal advocacy to our fellow Williamson County residents. We strive to give them peace of mind during life-changing times that cause anxiety and concern. Specific areas of our practice include the following: Family law,...

  • The law firm of Bailey & Galyen is a nationwide law firm based in Texas. At their Fort Worth family law offices, the focus is on effecting equitable divorces and agreements on custody, visitation and financial support that are in the children's best interests. A Bailey & Galyen attorney can educate you about the requirements of the law and will be on the lookout for your best interests. If you...

  • In Austin, Texas, The Díaz Firm, PLLC, represents residents who face legal issues related to immigration, deportation, asylum, deportation defense, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, family based migration, naturalization and immigrant and non-immigrant visas. The attorneys at The Díaz Firm, PLLC are also experienced in criminal law, family law, personal injury,...

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.