Immigration Lawyer in New York
Immigration law in the United States has been continually evolving since the birth of the United States. From the famous “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” to modern debates regarding illegal immigrants and refugees, there is little doubt that the complexities of this legal field necessitate a highly experienced, knowledgeable NYC immigration lawyer.
At Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier, one of New York’s leading immigration law firms, our specialized immigration attorneys have helped hundreds of clients with a wide variety of needs, ranging from helping obtain visas and citizenship to providing a zealous defense in deportation cases. For legal counsel and defense for the immigration issues you may be facing, you can visit Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier P.C. at 13 Avenue B., 1st Floor, in New York City, or you can call us at (212) 777-9400 for a free consultation.
New York Immigration Laws
Immigration law essentially refers to the federal government’s rules and regulations determining who can enter the country and how long they can stay. Federal immigration regulations also dictate the naturalization processes, overstay cases, what happens when foreign nationals enter the country without permission, and how to conduct detention and removal processes. For more information on federal immigration law, you can find most of the relevant laws in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Because immigration law is comprised of a wide range of statutes addressing various elements, from both New York law as well as federal law, understanding the full scope of New York immigration can take some time. Below you’ll find some of the most common immigration needs, of which Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier can provide comprehensive and competent legal counsel and defense.
Although New York residency is not solely an immigration issue, obtaining your NY residency can have beneficial tax implications while also providing special discounts for people seeking to attend public universities and institutions in New York City and throughout the state. To establish residency, you will need a green card (or already be a US citizen), and you must prove permanent residency in New York for at least a year.
For international businesses, you may need to acquire temporary and permanent immigration statuses for their executive, managerial, and professional employees, including B-1 Visas, H-1 Employment Visas, H-3 Trainee Visas, the I Visa for journalists and members of the media, the L-1 Visa for Intra-company transferees, the R-1 Visa for religious workers, the J-1 Visa for exchange visitors and academics, and many others.
Family immigration requires a special touch, as these cases can be extremely sensitive for families who’ve been separated for years due to red tape and convoluted immigration policies and quotas. In these cases, Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier will pursue family-based petitions, marriage-based adjustment of status, and waivers to overcome excludability issues. Furthermore, these cases can include financial obligations under an Affidavit of Support, Stokes interviews that challenge the legitimacy of a marriage, and Conditional Residence.
Through perseverance and a good understanding of citizenship and civics, it is possible to become a fully fledged citizen of the United States. Nonetheless, naturalization is a delicate process, and it often includes establishing an individual’s eligibility through interviews and an oath ceremony, as well as obtaining a U.S. passport. There are often unique needs to address in these cases, such as securing special treatment for those married to a U.S. citizen or representing those who have wrongfully received a Certificate of Loss of Nationality.
If a person has been found to have arrived in the United States unlawfully, or has otherwise violated U.S. immigration laws, deportation can be a serious possibility. In these cases, people who may be facing deportation need competent and zealous representation and defense, increasing chances of remaining in the United States or future lawful entry.
Immigration is almost always a lengthy, complicated process, which makes an application denial all the more distressing. Denials of visas and citizenship are generally appealable within 30 days after receiving a Notice of Action from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Some applications, however, are not appealable. Application denials are often heard at an U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).
How Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier Can Help
No matter your immigration needs, our experienced immigration attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier will develop individual, creative strategies to ease the process and, if all goes well, secure a successful immigration in efficient time. From asylum to naturalization to business immigration, we will help you obtain and complete the necessary documents, provide legal counsel before and during interviews, and acquire assistance from the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
However, there are specific cases in which an immigration attorney will be essential, including:
- You’ve committed or been convicted of a crime
- You need to appeal a denial
- You cannot determine the next steps
- You have been deported or otherwise forced to leave the U.S.
- You have a communicable disease
- You need to adjust status based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen
- You’re immigrating with your family (and have a child who’ll reach 21 before permanent residency is established)
- You’re obtaining a green card based on employment, but your employer is not offering to handle the immigration process
Contact Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier P.C. Today
It’s always essential to remember that you have specific, inherent rights when immigrating to the United States. With Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier, you can expect to have your rights upheld to the highest standards of U.S. immigration law. For a free consultation, feel free to visit our Manhattan office on 13 Avenue B, 1st Floor, or you can contact Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier at (212) 777-9400.
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