DO I NEED A LAWYER TO BECOME A LEGAL RESIDENT?
You may apply for legal residency on your own, however, immigration laws are complex and are frequently revised. The new "Dream Act" enables at least 1.2 million young undocumented immigrants to apply for a temporary stay of deportation and a work permit. Our attorneys will give you a honest determination of your case and explain what options are available to you based on not only the current law, but changes that may be in the legislative or judicial channels at any given time. We will build your personalized case and appear with you in front of the government agency processing your petition. In addition, we will explain to the government agency why your case fulfills the requirements of the law and if problems arise, help resolve issues and build your case for an appeal.
If you file an application on your own, but make mistakes — that may be expensive later in regards to time and money. If you have to retain a lawyer later, your mistakes may greatly limit your options.
Our office staff is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. We can help you understand your immigration status and what steps you need to take to obtain legal residency.
We can also advocate for you if you feel an employer has taken unfair advantage of your immigration status by paying you less than the law allows or not at all. Find out what we can do for you!
"We are a nation of laws and we are a nation of immigrants, and we can reconcile those two things. So we need comprehensive reform, and that means stronger border security. It means that we are cracking down on employers that are taking advantage of undocumented workers because they can't complain if they're not paid a minimum wage. They can't complain if they're not getting overtime. Worker safety laws are not being observed. We have to crack down on those employers, although we also have to make sure that we do it in a way that doesn't lead to people with Spanish surnames being discriminated against, so there's got to be a safeguard there."