I’m always so nervous about what will happen to me if immigration catches me! What can I do if I’m arrested by immigration?
One of the best ways to protect yourself is to know your rights! If you are “caught” by immigration, you have the right to fight your deportation case in front of an Immigration Judge. Immigration officers may pressure you to sign a voluntary departure or removal order in order to end your case quickly. Resist this pressure and insist on seeing an Immigration Judge! You may be eligible for relief from removal that can lead to lawful status in the U.S.! You may also be eligible for a bond, which will allow you to return to your home while removal proceedings are pending.
If a loved one is currently in immigration detention or facing removal proceedings, call the office immediately so that we can assess which defenses are available!
One common way to help your spouse is to file an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. Whether or not your husband can then use that I-130 Petition to apply for a green card depends on a number of factors. For this reason, it is always best to consult with an experienced immigration attorney before filing anything with immigration. The last thing that you want is for your husband to file an application for which his is not eligible and in that way, prejudice himself.
I’ve had my green card for the past 8 years and have never had a problem with the law. Why should I become a US citizen?
There are a number of reasons that you should consider naturalizing! First of all, becoming a US citizen protects you from deportation. Although you have never had a legal problem in the past, you never know what can happen in the future and you may one day find yourself in the wrong place, at the wrong time! Additionally, becoming a US citizen allows you to vote and apply for certain civil service jobs. Lastly, as a US citizen you are able to petition for your parents, married sons and daughters, and/or fiancé, something that lawful permanent residents cannot do.
At Bagia & Associates, PC, we pride ourselves on being honest and experienced immigration attorneys. We have over 25 years of experience and a track record of excellence. We speak Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati. Also, we handle all facets of immigration law, something that not all firms commit to. Call today to schedule a consultation, we would love to meet you and help you with your immigration needs!