Dependable Immigration Lawyer for Your Case
The immigration law is a highly technical area of law which constantly changing and being reinterpreted. If you are looking for help with an immigration matter you should only use an experienced immigration attorney. Many people fall prey to the multitude of visa consultants, notary publics and others holding themselves out as qualified in the immigration law. This often an illegal practice and should be avoided.
The Law Office of Thomas V. Sassone P.C. is a full-service law firm which recognizes the special needs and requirements of those who are not citizens of the United States. We’ve been practicing immigration law for over 25 years and provide experience in all areas of immigration law.
Non-U.S. citizens are often treated differently under the many laws of the U.S. Whether people are in the U.S. legally or not, the firm strives to provide its clients with a full range of services while always considering the special circumstances which may affect them.
Family Based Immigration
U.S. Citizens and Law Permanent Residents (LPRs, “Green Card Holders”) may bring certain family members to the US to allow them to stay as lawful permanent residents. Family Sponsorship is made up of five categories: the immediate relative category and four preference categories.
This category covers spouses, unmarried children (under 21 years old) and parents of U.S. Citizens. There is no limitation to the number of immigrant visas in this category. Those who have not “entered” the U.S. legally may be required to return to their home country to receive their immigrant visa.
This category covers the unmarried sons and daughters (children over 21 years old) of U.S. citizens.
This category covers the spouses and unmarried children (both under 21 years old and over 21 years) of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). LPRs may not sponsor their parents.
This category covers the married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens.
This category covers the brothers and sisters (siblings) of U.S. citizens.
Bars To Entry
Beneficiaries must be in the U.S. lawfully (with some limited exceptions) at the time an immigrant visa (green card) becomes available U.S. If not, they must return to their countries and process through the U.S. consulate to obtain their immigrant visa. However, the U.S. consulate may impose a bar to their return to the U.S. based upon the amount of time the beneficiary was in the U.S. unlawfully. Beneficiaries who were in the U.S. unlawfully for more than 6 months but less than one year, will be not be allowed to return to the U.S. for 3 years. Those who were in the U.S. unlawfully for more than one year will not be allowed to return for ten years.
However, there are special waivers that may be available if the beneficiary can prove their not returning to the U.S. will cause an extreme hardship upon their U.S. citizen or LPR spouse or parent.
Always check with an immigration attorney before leaving the U.S. to process at the consulate.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and allows children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected by at least one parent to obtain lawful status.
In N.Y. you must apply to the Family Court for custody or guardianship and ask for “special findings,” that it is not proper for the child to be sent back to their country because there is no one in that country who is willing or able to care for the child.
With the grant of custody or guardianship and the special findings, the child can petition the USCIS for a Lawful Permanent Residence status.