Serving Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, North Hollywood, & Surrounding Areas
At Ghazi Law Group, we can represent you in a variety of immigration-related cases. If you are seeking to immigrate into the United States via a family sponsor, seeking asylum, applying as a person of extraordinary ability, or if you are a victim of abuse or violence our Van Nuys immigration attorney will help ease the pressure of the application process.
We offer a legal consultation, and we aim to give you the best service possible as efficiently as we can to keep your costs low. We want to resolve your case so you can get on with the rest of your life.
We are knowledgeable and compassionate about your immigration needs.
Ghazi Law Group, APLC
Why You May Need an Attorney
Immigration law is complex and fast-changing. While you are not required to have an attorney for your immigration case, working with an attorney will mean you have someone on your side who knows the law and how it affects your specific case.
Even if you have friends or family members who have already been through the process, you cannot necessarily rely on their experience to guide you. There may have been changes in the law, even if they went through the same thing recently, or there may be elements of your specific situation that are different.
An attorney can help you with the process of preparing paperwork and can accompany you to any necessary court appearances. An attorney can also explain the law and how it applies to you.
Immigration Legal Services
There are two types of family immigration visas. An immediate relative immigration visa is the highest priority type and is specifically for close family members. Close family members can be:
- a spouse
- children who are being adopted
- unmarried minor children
- parents whose children are 21 or older and are U.S. citizens
The other type is family preference visas. The wait for these types of visas can be as long as 7 to 22 years depending on which country the applicant is from and other factors. Among the family members included in this group are adult children and their families as well as adult siblings and their families.
If you fear persecution in your home country and are seeking asylum, an immigration attorney in Van Nuys may increase the likelihood that your case will be successful. If you are not yet in the country, you may apply for refugee status.
Eligibility for asylum is based on the threat of persecution in your home country because of your nationality, religion, race, political views, or membership in a social group. There are certainly other types of persecution as well that may qualify you for asylum or as a refugee.
You do not necessarily have to face persecution from the government. If the government cannot protect you from persecution by other parties, this may be sufficient.
If you enter the country illegally, you may first have to attend a hearing where you demonstrate that you have what is called a "credible fear" of returning to your own country.
Contact our San Fernando Valley area immigration attorney to learn you in detail what qualifies you for asylum and what steps you need to take.
National Interest Waiver
This category allows you to get an EB-2 employment visa without being sponsored by an employer. To obtain this, you must demonstrate that you have an extraordinary ability in business, the arts, or the sciences.
There are certain criteria you must meet for success in obtaining this visa, but the determination of whether it is in the "national interest" to grant you a visa is somewhat subjective. With the help of an immigration attorney, you may have a better chance of obtaining this visa.
Victims of Abuse or Violence
If you have been the victim of a crime or human trafficking or you are dealing with domestic abuse, you may qualify for a U visa or a T-visa.
If you are eligible for a green card through an abusive family member, you might be able to self-petition rather than seeking the green card with that family member's assistance.
If the abusive family member is a parent or a spouse and you are facing deportation, you can apply for the cancellation of the removal order under the Violence Against Women Act. This protection also extends to men.
A Van Nuys immigration attorney can help you through the process of demonstrating that you should be permitted to remain in the country based on these protections.
Ghazi Law Group has helped several people with complicated immigration cases.
One person had been unable to visit family for a decade because of immigration problems, including being undocumented. Thanks to the assistance of Ghazi Law Firm, that individual was not only able to return to their home country to visit family but became a legal permanent resident.
Some people come to Ghazi Law Group after a negative experience with another attorney elsewhere. This was the case for a couple seeking a green card for one of them after getting married. With Ghazi Law Group, the issue was quickly resolved.
Contact Ghazi Law Group
Errors in your immigration paperwork can be costly and time-consuming at best and can lead to denial of your visa at worst. Effective legal counsel can help prevent these errors.
If you are looking for a Van Nuys Immigration attorney to handle your case, contact the Ghazi Law Group for more information and assistance.
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