Category Archives: Immigration

Are there other ways to become a permanent resident besides through family?

Yes, there are a different variety of ways to become a permanent resident such as special immigrant petitions, work petitions, registry and/or other special petitions, and asylees/refugees. Continue reading

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Why does my relative have to wait so long to become a permanent resident?

Basically, family-based immigration into the United States is limited by a number each year. Continue reading

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How do I file for my relative so they can become a permanent resident?

This process proceeds as follows: the person who is already a permanent resident or a citizen of the United States (“the Petitioner”) will file a form called an I-130 Petition for their relative(s). Continue reading

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How can I become a permanent resident?

There are various ways a person can become a permanent resident. Continue reading

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What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is a slang term for a document that demonstrates that a person is a permanent resident of the United States. Continue reading

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How do deportation proceedings work?

When it is discovered by the government that an individual in the United States may be without proper immigration status, generally the government chooses to commence an administrative proceeding against the individual called a “removal proceeding.” Continue reading

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How do removal proceedings begin?

Generally, these proceedings are begun when the non-citizen is served with a document called a Notice to Appear. Continue reading

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What is the process of a removal proceeding?

There are several different portions of removal proceedings. Continue reading

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Are People Automatically Deported?

The short answer to this question, at least generally, is no. Continue reading

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Am I always entitled to a removal hearing?

The short answer to this question is “no.” Generally, people are entitled to a degree of due process which includes having their removal proceedings be held before an immigration judge. Continue reading

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