Tens of thousands of people immigrate to the United States each year from other countries. People come to the United States for various reasons, and the authorization needed to enter the country lawfully varies depending on the length and purpose of their stays, making immigration an often frustrating and complicated matter for people unfamiliar with the applicable rules and procedure. As such, it is advisable for anyone who is seeking to immigrate or bring a family member to the United States to seek assistance from an experienced attorney. At O’Neil & Hauser P.C., our trusted lawyers are well-versed in the nuances of immigration law, and we regularly handle individual representation matters. Immigration makes up more than ninety percent of our overall practice, and all of our attorneys have over two decades of experience. We have an office in Boston, and we represent clients throughout the world.Visas
Visas are one of the most common means individuals employ to enter the United States for a temporary time. Non-immigrant visas, which allow people to enter and remain in the United States for a specified period, may be granted to tourists, students, and certain workers. People who wish to remain in the United States permanently must obtain immigrant visas. Typically, to be qualified for an immigrant visa, a foreign national has to be sponsored by a lawful permanent resident, United States citizen, or potential employer.Permanent Resident Status
Individuals who wish to live in the United States on a permanent basis may apply for permanent resident status, which is commonly referred to as obtaining a green card. Permanent residents are not United States citizens but are granted certain immigration benefits. For example, they have the right to work and live in the United States as long as they abide by the conditions imposed on permanent residents, such as the duty to obey the law. If they do not comply abide by their obligations, they may be removed from the country.
The process for seeking permanent resident status varies depending on whether the non-citizen is seeking asylum or is sponsored by an employer or family member. Some people may be eligible for adjustment of status, which is the process of applying to become a lawful permanent resident while they are within the United States. Others will need to use consular processing, which is the process of filing for a lawful permanent resident status while living outside of the United States.Naturalization
Naturalization is the process by which foreign-born individuals obtain United States Citizenship via an order from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Naturalized citizens enjoy the same rights as native-born individuals, including the right to vote, the ability to obtain a United States passport, and the right to a fair jury trial. They have the same obligations as well, including the duty to uphold the United States Constitution. They can also petition for the permanent residency of certain family members. Only people who meet the requirements set forth in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are eligible for naturalization. In part, they must be at least 18 years old and must live in the United States continuously before filing their naturalization applications.Speak to a Trusted Boston Immigration Attorney
It is critical that people immigrating to the United States employ the proper process; otherwise, they may be denied entry or face significant penalties. If you wish to immigrate to the United States or need help bringing a family member stateside, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The trusted Boston attorneys of O’Neil & Hauser P.C. regularly represent individuals in immigration matters, and if you engage our services, we will work tirelessly on your behalf. Several of our lawyers are bilingual, and we offer translation services in numerous languages, including Portuguese, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Italian, French, and Arabic. We have built up a strong relationship with many government agencies over the years, and we maintain our membership in the American Immigration Lawyers Association. You can reach us by calling our Boston office at (617) 426-8100 or using our form online to set up a conference.