Questions We Are Frequently Asked About Immigration
Immigration issues can be extremely complex and confusing. You may have many questions about your circumstances, as well as those of your family members, and need answers. At ERM Immigration Law, PLLC, we are here to give you the answers you need.
Below are some common questions we are often asked about business and employment immigration as well as family-based immigration. To learn more, please call our Washington state firm at 206-745-9241 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.
Why do I need an immigration lawyer?
The immigration guidelines and policies are often changing in the United States. They can also be difficult to navigate and understand. Having an experienced immigration attorney on your side can not only make the processes easier but can possibly increase your chances of having your application or petition granted. Your lawyer can also explain all the different types of immigration issues, including visas, green cards, citizenship and naturalization, and how you can reach your goals.
How do I bring family members to the U.S.?
There are numerous visas that can be used to bring spouses, fiancé(e)s, children, siblings and other family members here to join you in the United States. The visa that is used depends on your specific situation, such as a K-1 visa for a nonimmigrant fiancé. You can also sponsor a family member for a green card, which allows them to come to the country as a legal permanent resident.
What is consular processing?
Once you have secured a family-based visa that allows you to come to the U.S., you may seek out the U.S. Consulate in your home country for additional processing. The process at the consulate involves a petition from your United States-based sponsor, an interview and a doctor’s examination. A decision will then be made regarding whether you receive a green card for legal residency in the U.S.
What visa do I need to work in the United States?
There are a number of different EB visas that allow employees to work in the U.S. However, the type of visa depends on you, your background, your intended career in the country, your abilities and other qualifications. EB-1 through EB-5 visas can be discussed with an attorney at our firm so you can understand which visa is right for you.
What is a National Interest Waiver?
A National Interest Waiver provides legal entrance and residency in the United States for people of “extraordinary ability” and whose work in the country will be beneficial to the nation and its interests.
How do I seek asylum in the U.S.?
Seeking asylum in the U.S. means that you have fled your home country due to dangerous circumstances, such as war or the fear of persecution. Within one year of coming to the country, you must file a Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal. Your lawyer can help you complete the documents and include a spouse and/or children on the form if needed.