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Immigration Law Attorney in Dallas, Texas

Immigrating to the United States is full of excitement and overwhelming joy. It can be a long process, but very rewarding in the end. By gaining knowledge of the immigration process and hiring a strong attorney, you can work to achieve a more favorable outcome.  

At M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, I will proudly help you through the immigration system with your best interests in mind. I have the knowledge, resources, and personalized approach to help fight for your residency.

My firm proudly serves clients in Dallas, Texas, and throughout Richardson, Lewisville, Irving, Farmers Branch, Grand Prairie, Garland, and Mesquite. 

Types of Immigration

There are many ways to obtain residency in the United States. At M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, I assist clients in a variety of cases, including: 

  • Family-based immigration issues: Problems arising from trying to immigrate to the U.S. as a family. 

  • Marriage-based green card: Permanent residency obtained through marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 

  • Visa applications and issues: The process and challenges of applying for permission to enter a country. 

  • Green card applications and issues: Applying for and facing challenges in obtaining permanent residency in the U.S. 

  • Citizenship applications and issues: The process and challenges of applying for citizenship in a country. 

  • DACA cases: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases, a policy protecting young immigrants from deportation. 

  • Adjustment of status cases: Changing an individual's legal status to a permanent resident of the U.S. 

  • Consular processing: Obtaining a visa through a U.S. consulate abroad. 

  • Cancellation of removal and deportation defense: Legal defense strategies to prevent deportation from the U.S. 

  • Waivers for unlawful presence and crimes: Legal forgiveness for periods of illegal stay or criminal offenses. 

  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Law that allows abused spouses or children of U.S. citizens or permanent residents to obtain legal status. 

  • Removal of conditions: Process to remove conditions on residency for those who obtained it through marriage. 

  • Asylum: Protection granted to foreign nationals in the U.S. or at the border who meet the international law definition of a refugee.

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The Immigration Process

The immigration process involves several critical steps, starting with identifying the most appropriate visa category.

Once the visa category is determined, the applicant must complete and submit the relevant application forms, along with any required documentation. This may include proof of relationship, employment offers, or evidence of persecution for asylum seekers. 

Interview and Approval 

For many immigration paths, applicants are required to interview with a U.S. embassy or consulate or with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After the interview, the application is reviewed, and if approved, the applicant may be granted a visa or permission to enter the U.S. 

Adjustment of Status 

For those seeking to become lawful permanent residents, the final step often involves adjusting their status. This process includes obtaining a Green Card, which allows them to live and work permanently in the United States. 

Immigration Application & Fees

When considering immigrating to a new country, one of the early steps involves preparing and submitting an immigration application. This process not only requires filling out detailed forms accurately but also understanding the associated costs, which can vary depending on the destination country and the type of visa or residency being applied for.  

The fees associated with immigration applications cover a range of necessary administrative processes, including processing the application itself, security checks, and sometimes even integrating language and civic tests.

Applicants should research these fees thoroughly to plan their finances accordingly, as these costs can add up and impact the overall budget for the immigration process.  

Effective April 1st, 2024, specific immigration and naturalization benefits will request fees. It's vital to speak with a knowledgeable immigration attorney to determine your options based on your unique circumstances.  

The Challenges of Seeking Residency

The residency application process is a tough journey fraught with challenges. From intricate paperwork to legal hurdles, applicants face multiple obstacles that can impact their path to residency. Understanding these challenges is the first step in preparing for a successful application. Here are the key challenges: 

  • Complex paperwork: Lengthy and complicated applications can lead to inaccuracies and delays. 

  • Long waiting times: Extensive periods of uncertainty, affected by immigration category and origin. 

  • Legal and procedural obstacles: Changes in laws and the daunting task of navigating foreign legal systems. 

  • Financial constraints: The high cost of applications, legal aid, and necessary travel imposes a significant burden. 

It is advised to speak with an experienced immigration lawyer who can guide you throughout the entire process. 

Immigration Law Attorney Serving Dallas, Texas

The immigration process is detailed and can vary significantly depending on the type of immigration and individual circumstances. At M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, I guide clients through immigration law, ensuring they understand their options and the steps needed to achieve their immigration goals.

Whether you are seeking to reunite with family, advance your career, or find safety in the United States, I am here to support you every step of the way.