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Cathedral City Immigration Attorney


Why Takes Chances With Your Family’s Future?

If you’re like many immigrants, deportation of your loved ones is one of your greatest fears.

Being deported means being separated from your wife or husband,children, brothers, sisters, cousins, or friends perhaps forever.

Immigration Law Services In Cathedral City

The immigration danger of family separation takes place in several different ways.

For example:

  • Perhaps your father who lives in Palm Springs was recently picked up by ICE. He was taken to the government detention center in Adelanto or El Centro. You would like to know if he qualifies to file an immigration bond so he can be released.
  • Maybe your wife, a Chinese citizen, entered the U.S. a few years on a tourist visa. She has not left and is now an overstay. You live in Rancho Mirage and want to sponsor her for permanent residency.
  • Or your brother, an ex-police officer in Mexico, fled his country due to the danger he faces from drug cartels and applied for asylum. Now, he is temporarily residing with you and your family in Coachella Valley.  He has to present his case to an immigration judge in a few weeks.

And when it comes to immigration problems, there are no simple solutions. One misstep and your dreams of permanent residency and U.S. citizenship are often shattered beyond repair.

Trying to handle these matters on your own is not a good idea.

Immigration law is already tricky and difficult to grasp. With each passing year, rules become more complicated.

When immigration harder passes, immigration law will become more complex – making it less viable for individuals to represent themselves.

But immigration help is near.

From representing immigrants in detention seeking their release from custody . . . to assisting visa overstays who want to become legal residents . . . to defending those facing deportation charges at immigration court . . .

For over 20 years, immigration lawyer Carlos Batara, a Harvard Law School graduate, has helped immigrants in their greatest hours of need.

He’s ready to help you and your family.

From the start of his career as a Riverside immigration lawyer, Carlos has guided clients living in Cathedral City and other nearby local communities earn permanent residency, green cards, as well as citizenship, from over 100 different nations.

Cathedral City Immigration Court And Deportation Defense Services

Immigration Court Defense – If you’re facing removal from the United States at immigration court, this point merits repeating: “It is not in your best interests to handle your case on your own”.

During the past two decades, throughout Southern California, Carlos has specialized in complex deportation cases, immigration court trials, bond hearings, and prosecutorial discretion waivers.

Immigration Appeals – Even if you went to court on your own and lost, you might still be able to fight back. Don’t quit so easily. You should explore your options with an immigration lawyer for filing a BIA or Federal Court appeal before giving up. The ability of your family to remain together as a family unit is at stake.

We offer legal assistance with a broad variety of Humanitarian And Abuse Protection Immigration Programs.

These services include:

At immigration court, if you have been subjected to persecution, torture, or abuse in your home country, you have the right to seek a green card based on claims like asylum, temporary protected status, and the Convention Against Torture.

In addition, other immigration programs encompass the Violence Against Women Act, visas for victims of crime or trafficking, visas based on global diversity, and the Cuban Adjustment Act.

Cathedral City Immigrant Relative I-130 Petitions And K-1 Fiance Visa Services 

At the Immigration Law Offices of Carlos Batara, there is one primary goal: to bring or keep immigrant families together.

We provide a wide range of assistance covering Family Unification measures, including visas, green cards, and citizenship issues.

Family Visas – The first step for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who want to sponsor their immigrant spouse, child, parent, or sibling for lawful immigration status is to file an immigration I-130 immigration petition.

Fiancé/Fiancée Visas – However, some U.S. citizens are engaged and want to sponsor their future husband or wife for a visa. This allows the immigrant spouse to get married in the U.S. At that point, the sponsor will need to file a fiancé or fiancée petition.

Cathedral City Permanent Residence And Green Card Services 

Green Cards and Permanent Residence – There are several types of problems you might encounter on the journey to adjusting your status to lawful permanent resident.

Family Unity Hardship Waivers – Some pitfalls occur at the stage where your loved one is applying to become a lawful permanent resident. One of the most common is the need to overcome long periods of living in the U.S. without permission.

Recently, Carlos addressed one of those tricky green card issues which has caused problems for some immigrant families.


If I Am Facing Deportation, Can My Husband Immigrate My Children From Another Marriage?

“About 3 ½ years ago, I married a U.S. citizen. He filed paperwork for adjustment of status so I could become a green card holder. We did not file documents for my two children from my prior marriage. We went to the interview, but the application was denied.

Two days ago, I received a letter saying I have to go to the Los Angeles immigration court for a removal hearing. A friend told me that even if I get deported, my husband can still file to immigrate my 13 year-old daughter and 11 year-old son. I want to know if this is possible.”

(Submitted by Norma H., Cathedral City, CA)

Click this link for complete answer.

Cathedral City Citizenship Services

Citizenship And Naturalization – Other obstacles may take place when seeking U.S. naturalization or other avenues to citizenship.

Legal Help For Cathedral City: A Growing Immigrant Community With Special Needs

Cathedral City is typical of the demographic shift taking place in Riverside County and in many parts of Southern California.

According to the 2010 United States Census, Latinos are now the largest ethnic group in Cathedral City. They make up 60% of the area’s 51,200 residents.

But Hispanics are not the only growing immigrant community.

Cathedral City is home to a rapidly increasing population of Armenian, Filipino, Salvadoran, and Vietnamese immigrant families, several of whom have established small shops and opened stores selling culturally diverse goods, foods, and services.

In addition, the Census recorded 779 (4.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships in the Cathedral City region. Several of these households are also mixed ethnic and immigrant households. As the Riverside Press Enterprise has noted, Cathedral City immigrant same-sex couples face unique family visa, green card, and deportation challenges.

Sometimes, our immigrant clients need assistance from non-legal service providers. Here are a few centers where we sometimes refer those in need of specialized local help:

Immigration DNA Center
68132 Valley Vista Drive
Cathedral City, CA 92234

Social Services For Disabled And Elderly Immigrants
68-625 Perez Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234

Medical Clinic For Undocumented Immigrants
69 Ramon Road, #175, Bldg. A
Cathedral City CA, 92234

In case you’re wondering, our legal services for the Cathedral City region cover the entire zip code areas of 92234 and 92235, as well as Rancho Mirage, Thousand Palms, North Palms, Palm Springs, Mountain Center, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Whitewater, and several other nearby communities.

Family Separation And Immigrant Detention

In growing immigrant communities like Cathedral City, one of the largest fears is that of family separation.

According to a recent report about immigrant migration, about 22% of local residents are undocumented immigrants.

Many undocumented immigrants are part of mixed families, which consist of a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen spouse and children. These families are not immune from separation worries.

As an immigration lawyer, it is uncommon to hear clients ask:

What will happen to my family if my husband (or wife) is deported?”

The fear is real.

Although immigration reform is being discussed, none of the proposals address the problems caused by a for-profit private immigrant detention center. Instead, maintaining a bed quota of 34,000 inmates is a non-negotiable item for many Congresspersons.

In the near future with the expansion of the nation’s largest immigrant detention center, located in the Inland Empire at Adelanto, California, a reduction of inmates seems unlikely.

Private sector economic forces are also driving up the profit motive behind deportation and detention policies.

A recent video, 34,000 Lives Sold: How Human Rights Are Traded For Profits In The United States, explains the harsh impact of such measures on immigrant families:

The video is part of the End Isolation Project developed by the Community Initiatives For Visiting Immigrants In Confinement (CIVIC).

A national network of immigration detention visitation programs, CIVIC strives to end the isolation and human rights abuse of individuals trapped in the U.S. immigration detention system.

But you’ll need more personalized help in most cases.

That’s where the immigration law offices of Carlos Batara fits in.

We’re here when you need us.

Ready to take a serious and honest look at the strengths and weaknesses of your immigration case? Let’s get started with a strategy and planning session . . .