As An Immigrant . . .You May Feel No One Is On Your Side
Living in the United States without immigration documents is is difficult.
Your feelings are quite natural.
Especially in today’s anti-immigration climate.
If you follow immigration news, it seems every day there is another story about the obstacles immigrants face.
Maybe you saw the television report about how there are more backlogged cases than ever at immigration court right now. This means there are more immigrants than ever facing deportation.
Perhaps you read about immigrants being taken into custody, even when they have not committed crimes.
Or maybe you heard about how many children of immigrants, when their parents who are picked by government agents, are placed in foster care. Some never see their parents again.
And, of course, you’re aware that Arizona has sparked an outcry for tougher law enforcement policies toward undocumented immigrants across the United States.
But it’s not true.
There are immigration advocates who are fighting for immigrants every day. At the Fontana Law Offices of Carlos A. Batara, we take pride in bringing and keeping immigrant families together.
We’re here to defend you and your loved ones.
San Bernardino Immigration Lawyer Carlos Batara provides a full range of services for immigrants living in Fontana and surrounding areas of the Inland Empire.
Fontana Immigration Court Services
Defense Against Deportation And Removal – Our deportation defense services in Fontana include representing you and your family at immigration court hearings immigration trials, immigration bond hearings, as well as preparing requests for prosecutorial discretion and motions to reopen old immigration cases.
Immigration Appeals – Even if you have lost your immigration case, you may be able to fight back. As part of our Fontana immigration appeals services, we handle:
- Board of Immigration Appeals
- AAO/AAU/USCIS Appeals
- Ninth Circuit Appeals>
- Federal Court Appeals
Fontana Family Immigration Services
Keeping your family together, wherever you’re from and wherever you live, is our highest priority.
Family Visas And Immigration Petitions – Our Fontana immigrant family services include family-based visas, spousal petitions, I-130 family petitions, I-601 hardship waivers, DREAM Act cases, international adoptions, fiancé/fiancée visas, and Walsh Act cases.
Even at this stage, cases can become complicated. For instance, what happens if your spouse dies before you get your green card?
IMMIGRANT WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS
What are the rights of an immigrant widow or widower?
What happens if your husband or wife suddenly dies and you do not have a green card?
Generally, death of the petitioner means death of the petition.
The petition is revoked. Your case is over.
But . . . maybe not . . . if your spouse was a United States citizen and you were married at the time of his or her death.
For a fuller discussion on whether you can still qualify for green card benefits even after your sponsoring spouse has passed away, see this post: Can I Still Become A Lawful Resident After My Sponsoring Spouse Dies?
Fontana Green Card And Citizenship Services
Our Family-Based Permanent Resident Services cover all aspects of the visa, green card, and naturalization process. This includes helping you with intent to deny notices, requests for additional evidence, conditional green card problems, adjustment of status applications, consular processing, and hardship waivers due to inadmissibility issues.
Naturalization Services – Fontana citizenship attorney Carlos Batara helps clients with all types of citizenship cases, including derivative citizenship, citizenship by acquisition, dual citizenship, military service, and denaturalization defense matters.
Employment-Based Permanent Residence – On behalf of our clients and their employers, our Fontana immigration services include H-1B visas, H-2A visas, H-2B visas, H-3 visas, L-1 visas, and TN visas.
There are many programs, centered on humanitarian, abuse and crime protection, and other special immigrant needs, which can help you earn the right to live and work in the United States.
These Humanitarian And Abuse Protection Immigration Programs include:
- Temporary Protected Status
- Violence Against Women Act
- U And T Visas For Victims Of Trafficking And Other Crimes
- Cuban Adjustment Act
- Asylum And Convention Against Torture
- Diversity Lottery
FONTANA IMMIGRATION QUESTION
“I was sent to a woman’s shelter because my husband beat me up. I do not have legal immigration documents. A counselor told me I might still get a green card, even if my husband never filed papers for me. She said there is a special program for wives who are abused by their husbands. Is this really true?”
(Submitted by Cecilia J., Fontana, CA)
Click this link for complete answer.
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 . . .