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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 Hanna, Brandt & Lucsay, LLP, in Madison, Wisconsin, immigration law is one of our law firm's primary focuses. Whether our clients are seeking advice and representation on family-based immigration or employment-based immigration or defense in a removal or deportation proceeding, we have their backs every step of the way. Our experienced attorneys know that U.S. immigration laws are both...

  • A Long And Rich History Serving Wisconsin The law firm of Murphy Desmond S.C. has served the residents and businesses of Wisconsin since 1931. During that time, the firm's award-winning attorneys have established the firm as highly regarded full-service legal practice in the state, offering effective, personalized legal representation and counsel in a wide range of practice areas. Originally...

  • A Respected Wisconsin Full-Service Law Firm For Nearly 90 Years Established in 1931, Murphy Desmond S.C. is a highly regarded general practice law firm in Wisconsin, serving clients in Madison, Janesville, the Fox Cities and Dodgeville. The firm's attorneys serve a diverse range of business, family, and individual clients in Dane County and throughout the state with legal needs related to the...

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    At Hanna, Brandt & Lucsay, LLP, in Madison, Wisconsin, immigration law is one of our law firm's primary focuses. Whether our clients are seeking advice and representation on family-based immigration or employment-based immigration or defense in a removal or deportation proceeding, we have their backs every step of the way. Our experienced attorneys know that U.S. immigration laws are both...

  • Providing Help. Creating Hope. Changing Lives. Professors, researchers, artists, medical doctors and other professionals from around the world coming to the United States need someone to help them navigate employment-or family-based immigration process. Serving Chicago, Illinois, as well as Madison and Milwaukee, the Francis Law Center puts you, as a professional in need of immigration services,...

  • Overwhelming debt is not an uncommon struggle, but many people still feel like they are alone when they cannot pay their bills. As a result, they often hesitate to get the help they need, choosing to exhaust every other financial resource to avoid bankruptcy.  You do not have to be ashamed of your financial hardships. They can happen to anyone. All you need is an experienced counselor who can...

  • Comprehensive Legal Services In The Fox Cities From its humble beginnings as a small estate planning practice in Madison, Wisconsin, the law firm of Murphy Desmond S.C. has grown to become a highly regarded full-service legal practice in the state. Having expanded to include three law offices across Wisconsin, the firm offers convenient access to exceptional representation in a variety of practice...

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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.