US Immigration Lawyers Serving Clients around the globe SGM & Associates Immigration Group has a long history of helping clients develop and deploy immigration management programs that accelerate the process of bringing the right person to the job, while ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Our skilled professionals will offer effective solutions to our clients' full range of immigration issues.Learn More
J Visas for Exchange Visitors
Immigration Attorneys at Oxnard, CA
The J visa allows foreign nationals to travel to the United States under numerous exchange programs recognized by the USCIS. Individuals ranging from students to researchers and specialists can pursue their studies, receive training, or share their knowledge under this visa program. This visa also allows the visa holder to pursue other extracurricular activities outside of their cultural exchange as well. The visa holder can bring their spouse and certain dependents to accompany them during their stay (J-2 visas).
SGM & ASSOCIATES immigration lawyers understand how crucial it is to receive legal assistance when you or any other person are detained during removal proceedings. Contact our law offices to speak with a local immigration attorney who can help with your case.
Certain immigrants who violated immigration laws by overstaying their visas, entered unlawfully, and violated their lawful status by being convicted of certain criminal offenses, may be detained by the Department of Homeland Security or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) before and/or during their removal proceedings. Because removal proceedings can last months and sometimes even years, it is of critical importance to contact an immigration lawyer as soon as you or a loved one is detained by ICE, so they can evaluate your eligibility for a bond.
L Visas – Intra-Company Transfers
Many companies enjoy a global presence through their affiliates in the United States and around the world. As corporations continue to expand, the demand for L visas have increased. Companies with related operational entities in the U.S. can seek to transfer certain employees to these offices under the L visa, which allows foreign national executives, managers, and professionals with specialized knowledge to work in the U.S. Similar to H-1B visa holders, L visa holders benefit from dual intent and have access to premium processing for quicker decisions.
1. The Basics- New Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver: The purpose of the provisional waiver program is to reduce the amount of time U. S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents) who are in the process of applying for lawful permanent residence. The process allows applicants to apply for the provisional unlawful presence waiver while they are still in the United States and before they leave to attend an immigrant visa interview abroad in their countries of origin. Individuals who have accrued more than six months (180 days) of unlawful presence while in the United States are subject to the unlawful presence bar for up to ten years. An unlawful presence bar means that the applicant may be prevented from returning to the United States for as much as ten years. Previously, immediate relatives could not file a waiver until after they have appeared for an immigrant visa interview abroad. In other words, the applicant had to obtain a waiver while outside the United States in order to overcome the unlawful presence inadmissibility bar before they can return to the United States. However, under the new provisional waiver process the applicant is able to have the majority of the process completed while still present in the United States.Learn More
R-Visa (Temporary Nonimmigrant Religious Worker)
SGM & ASSOCIATES Immigration Lawyers
If a foreign national needs to enter the United States temporarily for religious work, the individual can apply for an R nonimmigrant visa. This visa program is targeted at religious workers who dedicate their lives to carrying out religious functions and beliefs of their respective denomination, such as ministers, priests, temple workers. Certain positions such as administrative or support work do not qualify as religious occupations.
TN Visas for NAFTA Workers
US Immigration Lawyers
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a special economic and trade relationship was created between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. This agreement also created a unique nonimmigrant classification (TN) that allows citizens of Mexico and Canada to temporarily enter the U.S. for work in designated occupations and activities approved by NAFTA. The work must be professional in nature and meet the requirements for those occupations. TN visa holders do not benefit from dual intent, so it is important to consult an attorney if you are interested in applying for a Green Card while on this visa.
SGM Immigration Lawyers will help You File your application
Individuals who can offer the United States their special skills, experience and knowledge through a higher education, or unique abilities that would benefit the nation’s well being may be able to enter the country using a second preference EB-2 visa. Unlike many other forms of visas, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are invested in who is given an EB-2 visa. A rigorous certification process has been created to ensure that qualified citizens are not losing gainful employment to under qualified foreign workers. If you need help understanding this process and correctly filing for your EB-2 employment visa, contact SGM & ASSOCIATES .
For nationals who are spouses of U.S. Citizens, as well as their children, there are two types of visas needed to immigrate to the United States Spouses will either process through the CR-1 (Conditional Resident) or IR-1 (Immediate Relative) visa based on the length of the marriage. For marriages less than 2 years the spouse will receive a CR-1 Visa whereas for marriages two years or longer the IR-1 will be provided. Although previously spouses would enter via the K-3 visa this type of visa is not currently processed by USCIS for a variety of reasons.
In order for the foreign spouse of a U.S. Citizen to qualify for a CR-1 or IR-1, certain requirements must be met including the following:
Citizenship & Naturalization Lawyers
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Naturalization is the process in which a foreign national can gain U.S. citizenship. Naturalized U.S. citizens benefit from the same privileges as citizens by birth, including the right to register and vote, to serve on a jury, and to hold a U.S. passport.
The immigration attorneys at SGM & Associates achieve success through efficiency, creativity, and practicality. We channel these qualities into partnerships with clients around the world, which range from small start-ups to large publicly traded companies.
We combine the flexible, informal atmosphere of a small firm with the resources and client base of a larger firm. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art technology and takes a collaborative approach to represent clients, working together to provide customized solutions that deliver results.Learn More
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