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Immigration Lawyers in Texas

Manuel Diaz Law Firm – immigration attorneys you can trust

It has been estimated that since 2015, 4.7 million foreign-born residents have called the state of Texas home. That’s about 17% of the state’s population! We believe this segment of the population deserves representation and advocacy the same as any US citizen.

It’s no secret that Texas is a hot spot for immigration, with the state’s diverse culture, top educational institutions, beautiful weather, low cost of living compared to many other US states, fast-growing cities, and boundless opportunities to pursue various career paths ranking among the top driving factors for immigration in the state.

Immigrants are an essential part of the success of industry in Texas by providing unique skills and adding cultural richness to towns and cities all over the state. However, when considering a move to Texas or the United States in general, it’s important to understand the current immigration process, laws, and rights afforded to immigrants. 

At Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC, we strive to fight for the rights of all those looking to migrate to the United States, including asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants from all wakes of life as they navigate the often complicated immigration process. Our team of immigration attorneys are some of the best and most highly recommended in the state of Texas. Whether you are looking to move to Texas for the first time, are looking to upgrade from non-immigrant to immigrant status, or are an undocumented immigrant trying to navigate Texas immigration law, our lawyers are here to help.

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Manuel Diaz Law Firm – immigration attorneys you can trust

Beginning the immigration process can often feel complicated and intimidating. Before you start planning your move, it’s important to understand what your options are and what steps need to be taken to jump-start the process to a green card or citizenship using your chosen path.  

The three most common paths to immigration into Texas and the rest of the United States are through family ties, employment, or seeking asylum.

Family-based Immigration

If you have a family member who is already a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, they can petition for a green card on your behalf. The steps for immigration based on family status defer depending on the relationship between the petitioner and the potential immigrant in question. Family members who can petition for a relative’s green card include spouses, parents, children, and siblings.

 

Immigration via Employment

If you are already living and working in Texas on an employment visa, it is sometimes possible to upgrade your status to permanent residency. This path to citizenship or permanent residency is not possible for all foreign workers and depends on the terms of your employment visa and field of employment. Our immigration attorneys can determine if you are a good candidate for immigration based on employment. 

Seeking Asylum or Humanitarian Relief

Immigration based on humanitarian relief efforts such as seeing asylum or refugee status from a country that is in the midst of war or other political turmoil is becoming increasingly common due to the increasing instability of many countries in the world. Victims of persecution, human trafficking, or survivors of other crimes committed and reported in the US may also qualify for immigration under the U visa.

IMMIGRATION LAW PRACTICE AREAS

FAMILY IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

DEPORTATION DEFENSE AND APPEALS

FAMILY IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

When your loved ones live in another country, your highest priority is to be reunited with your family. The process can be long, and complicated.

Our firm can help you apply for:

  • K1 fiancé Visa – Allows a U.S. citizen to sponsor their fiancé so that they can come to the U.S. and get married. Once married, they can then apply for a Green Card.
  • K3 Visa – Allows a U.S. citizen who is already married to sponsor their spouse so that they can join them in the U.S. while they wait for their Green Card application to be processed.
  • IR Green Card (Immediate Relative) – Allows a U.S. citizen to sponsor their spouses, children, and parents while they apply for a Green Card.
  • F1 & F3 Green Cards – Allows a U.S. citizen to sponsor their children and allows the children to become permanent U.S. residents.
  • F2 Green Card – Similar to the F1-F3 Green Card, except it allows permanent residents of the U.S. to sponsor their spouse and children while they apply for a Green Card.
  • F4 Green Card – Allows U.S. citizens to sponsor their brothers and sisters while they apply for permanent residence.
  • Renew Green Card
  • Citizenship

Other relative of a U.S. citizen or relative of a lawful permanent resident under the family-based preference categories

  • Family member of a U.S. citizen, meaning you are the:
    • Unmarried son or daughter of a U.S. citizen and you are 21 years old or older
    • Married son or daughter of a U.S. citizen
    • Brother or sister of a U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old
  • Family member of a lawful permanent resident, meaning you are the:
    • Spouse of a lawful permanent resident
    • Unmarried child under the age of 21 of a lawful permanent resident
    • Unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident 21 years old or older

If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth

To become a citizen at birth, you must:

  • Have been born in the United States or certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States; OR
  • Had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad) and meet other requirements

To become a citizen after birth, you must:

  • Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents
  • Apply for naturalization

Our Immigration attorneys will help you consider your options, carefully prepare the necessary forms and documents, counsel you through any interviews with immigration officials, and see you through to reuniting your family. For a free consultation, call our office today at 855-900-3429.

DEPORTATION DEFENSE AND APPEALS

Attorney Manuel Diaz and his staff understand how stressful and frightening the process can be when you or a loved is faced with a removal “deportation” proceedings or an appeal. Let our experienced attorneys handle your case, whether it’s before an Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals or a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Our firm can help you:

  • Fight an Immigration Detention
  • Cancellation of Removal
  • Terminating or administratively closing removal proceedings
  • Waivers of inadmissibility
  • Adjustment of status and readjustment of status
  • Voluntary departure

For a free consultation with an immigration attorney, call 855-900-3429 today!

BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT IMMIGRATION

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT IMMIGRATION

The immigration process in general is complicated, but the immigration process related to employment adds a layer of complexity by the nature of the rules, laws, requirements, and conditions surrounding the already challenging process.

Our firm can help with:

  • Business Based Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Business Based Permanent Residency
  • I-9 and E-Verify Compliance
  • E-1 and E-2 Visas – Trader Investor Visas
  • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
  • Industry Solutions- – E2 and EB5 Visas

Let our experienced Immigration attorneys help you with this burden. For a free consultation with an attorney, call 855-900-3429

DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

Our firm can help you:

  • Renew DACA
  • Apply for Advance Parole

Important information about DACA requests: Due to federal court orders, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. For a free consultation, give us a call at 855-900-3429.

Who Can Renew

  • You may request a renewal if you met the initial 2012 DACA guidelines and you:
  • Did not depart the United States on or after Aug. 15, 2012, without advance parole;
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since you submitted your most recent DACA request that was approved; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

When to Renew

  • USCIS’ current goal is to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days.

If you have questions regarding eligibility or the renewal process, give us a call at 855-900-3429 for a free consultation.

ASYLUM AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

ASYLUM AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

Navigating the complexities of the U.S. Immigrations Laws can be overwhelming. Aside from asylum and refugees, the U.S. offers several other humanitarian immigration options for individuals in need of help. Let our experienced lawyer’s asses your case and provide you with professional legal advice. Call our office at 855-900-3429 for a free consultation.

Our office can help with:

  • Estatus protegido temporal (TPS).
  • I-589, Solicitud de asilo y de retención de expulsión.
  • Ley de Violencia contra la Mujer (VAMA) bajo la Ley de Inmigración y Nacionalidad (INA).
  • Estatus de No Inmigrante U (Visa U).
  • Estatus “T” de No Inmigrante (T Visa).

Give us a call at 855-900-3429 for a free consultation with an attorney.

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Texas State Immigration Laws

Immigration law in Texas is one of the most complex areas of law. While it is possible to apply for immigration visas and green cards without the help of an experienced immigration attorney, a good lawyer can help streamline the process and increase your chances of success. Our team of immigration attorneys at Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC are always up to date on the latest reforms and the best methods to help those wishing to live permanently in the United States find a clear path toward legal immigration, whether you are just starting the immigration process from abroad or already residing in Texas as an undocumented immigrant or non-immigrant. 

Some of the frequently asked questions we hear regarding Texas immigration law from those wishing to live and work in Texas include: 

Immigrant status is given to anyone who is applying to reside in the United States permanently, for example, an individual who is applying for residency via a spouse or other family member. 

A non-immigrant is someone who is applying for a visa to live in the United States on a more temporary basis. Common examples of non-immigrants include students, those coming to Texas for temporary employment, or those visiting family members for a specific amount of time. A non-immigrant is not the same as an undocumented immigrant. 

Yes! A non-immigrant has several options to change their immigration status and start on the path to permanent residence or even citizenship. The path toward upgrading your immigrant status differs depending on your individual circumstances. Our immigration lawyers can help determine the best path for you to change or alter your status and apply for a green card.

Even though you may not have a green card or citizenship yet, you still have rights under Texas law. Oftentimes, others may try to take advantage of your immigrant status such as employers subjecting you to unfair labor practices or trying to deny you the employment benefits you deserve or partners subjecting spouses to abuse and violence. In such cases, our immigration lawyers can help you file the necessary legal complaints in order to hold these citizens accountable for their actions. To learn more about your rights as an immigrant, contact our office today!

While it isn’t always easy, it is possible for an undocumented immigrant to apply for a green card and eventually citizenship in the United States. Our attorneys can evaluate your case and help determine the best path towards citizenship. 

Once you’ve established your preferred path to immigration, our immigration attorneys can help guide you through the process of acquiring your immigration visa or permanent resident green card. Some of these steps might include:

  • Filling out and filing sponsorship paperwork if you are immigrating through family or employment
  • Walking you through the application process
  • Helping assure you have all the necessary documents
  • Applying for your selected visa
  • Applying for your green card
  • Petitioning for an appeal if your application is denied for any reason
  • Filing for a change or adjustment of status
  • Helping you navigate the process of switching from non-immigrant to immigrant status
  • Filing for political asylum
  • Applying for refugee status
  • Acquiring your labor certification
  • Gathering evidence
  • Filing a motion to reconsider
  • Applying for permanent residence based on the violence against women act
  • Preparing you for your citizenship interview
  • Filing naturalization paperwork
  • Applying for residency by investment
  • Filing for visa extensions
  • Applying for immigration benefits 

Whatever your reasons are for deciding to make a new start in the great state of Texas, Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC features a team of the best immigration lawyers in Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio to help you navigate the process with ease. Consultations are always free and confidential. Call us today at 855-900-3429

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