Moving is never easy.
And when you’re leaving your home country and relocating hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away to the United States, your move is no ordinary move – and making this decision is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make.
Then there’s the immigration paperwork. Lots of paperwork.
There’s hard-to-understand immigration rules. Strict rules. Strict procedures.
And what happens if your papers are denied?
Or if your papers have been granted, but now the government wants to deport you?
That’s why we’re here.
We’re here to assist you and your loved ones achieve your immigration dreams.
At the Offices of Redlands immigration lawyer Carlos Batara, we’ll guide you and your family through these life-changing events . . . and fight for your right to live and work legally in the U.S.
Immigration Family Services
San Bernardino immigration attorney Carlos Batara provides a one-stop solution for all your family’s immigration needs.
Whether you’re filing a family petition to sponsor your wife and children for permanent residency, or you need help to bring your future spouse to the United States.
Family Visas And Immigrant Petitions Services – Our Redlands office offers assistance with family visas for your spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters.
Fiancé Visa Services – You live in Redlands. Your future husband or wife lives in another country. If this is your situation, we can help you file for a fiancé K-1 visa, as well as visas for their minor children.
A K-1 visa allows you to bring your loved one into the United States on the condition you plan to marry within 90 days of his or her arrival.
Our immigrant family-based services do not end with obtaining your loved one’s visa.
In addition to assisting your family with relative petitions, we also provide legal services for green cards and permanent residency, and help with becoming a U.S. citizen.
Permanent Residence And Green Cards
After the first step is completed, and your family petition has been approved, the wait for a green card begins. Often, this process can take a long time, lasting several years.
There are various problems which can arise both before and after you’re granted a green card.
Permanent Residence And Green Card Services – Our Redlands permanent residence services cover all aspects of the green card process. This includes helping you with conditional green card issues, requests for evidence, intent to deny notices, adjustment of status, and consular processing.
If your spouse has lived in the U.S. for several years without permission, he may have to return to his home country for a green card interview. In this situation, you will need to file an I-601 hardship waiver application.
A waiver is like a special permission to be allowed to return to the U.S. after the green card interview is conducted.
What Is Consular Processing?
If you are an immigrant living in Redlands, permanent residence green cards are obtained in two ways: either at an adjustment of status interview at the San Bernardino USCIS district office or by the issuance of an immigrant visa at a United States consulate abroad.
Normally, staying near home and being interviewed at a local office is the preferred options. But for some immigrants, adjustment of status is not possible. They must seek their green cards through consular processing. In most cases, your interview will take place at the U.S. consulate in your home country.
If you are thinking about taking the consular processing route, you should not pursue it blindly. Before you leave the U.S., it is in your best interest to consult with an immigration lawyer. You do not want to find out, at your interview, that you do not qualify, and that you may not be allowed to return to the United States.
This can happen if you have lived in the U.S. a long time without legal documents or you have committed certain crimes.
In some situations, you can overcome these problems by winning an I-601 waiver. This waiver is not easy to win. You must prove your family will experience an extreme hardship if you not allowed to immigrate and return to the U.S.
Citizenship And Naturalization Services
Once you become a permanent resident, why stop there? The next step is becoming a U.S. citizen. For most immigrants, this means they must complete the naturalization process.
Naturalization and Citizenship Services – Redlands citizenship and naturalization lawyer 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 Visa Services
There are many types of visas available for immigrants who would like to work legally in the U.S.
Our Employment-Based Visa Services include the following visas:
- H1-B visas for professionals
- H2-B visas For temporary workers (skilled and unskilled)
- H-3 visas for trainees
- EB-1 And EB-2 visas for researchers and scholars
- L visas for intra-company transfers
Immigration Appeals & Deportation Defense
For nearly 20 years, Carlos Batara has defended immigrants facing removal from the United States.
Deportation Defense – Our Redlands deportation and removal defense services include immigration court hearings, immigration trials, bond hearings, and motions to reopen.
Immigration Appeals – As part of our immigration services, Carlos Batara handles BIA Appeals, AAO Appeals, AAU Appeals, Ninth Circuit Appeals, and Federal Court Appeals.
Even when cases have been denied, with an extensive background in handling immigration appeals, immigration attorney Carlos Batara is often able to reverse negative decisions and help you remain in the United States.
QUESTION AND ANSWER:
My spouse’s bond is very high. Is there some way to fight it?
“My husband was picked up two days ago by immigration officers. He doesn’t like being in jail. The bond amount is too high. He was told he doesn’t have any chance to win. Should he just give up and agree to be deported?”
(Submitted by Erica H., Redlands, CA)
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Special Immigration Programs – In order to defend clients, we provide help for a wide range of programs, including asylum, TPS, U and T visas for trafficking victims, registry, diversity lottery, and, one day, DREAM Act petitions.
Redlands immigration attorney Carlos Batara has also protected abused immigrant spouses and children from removal under the Violence Against Women Act at immigration court hearings and on immigration appeals.