Texas Immigration Lawyers
Manuel Diaz Law Firm – immigration attorneys you can trust
It has been estimated that since 2015, 4.7 million foreign-born residents have called the state of Texas home. That’s about 17% of the state’s population! We believe this segment of the population deserves representation and advocacy the same as any US citizen.
It’s no secret that Texas is a hot spot for immigration, with the state’s diverse culture, top educational institutions, beautiful weather, low cost of living compared to many other US states, fast-growing cities, and boundless opportunities to pursue various career paths ranking among the top driving factors for immigration in the state.
Immigrants are an essential part of the success of industry in Texas by providing unique skills and adding cultural richness to towns and cities all over the state. However, when considering a move to Texas or the United States in general, it’s important to understand the current immigration process, laws, and rights afforded to immigrants.
At Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC, we strive to fight for the rights of all those looking to migrate to the United States, including asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants from all wakes of life as they navigate the often complicated immigration process. Our team of immigration attorneys are some of the best and most highly recommended in the state of Texas. Whether you are looking to move to Texas for the first time, are looking to upgrade from non-immigrant to immigrant status, or are an undocumented immigrant trying to navigate Texas immigration law, our lawyers are here to help.
Manuel Diaz Law Firm – immigration attorneys you can trust
Beginning the immigration process can often feel complicated and intimidating. Before you start planning your move, it’s important to understand what your options are and what steps need to be taken to jump-start the process to a green card or citizenship using your chosen path.
The three most common paths to immigration into Texas and the rest of the United States are through family ties, employment, or seeking asylum.
If you have a family member who is already a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, they can petition for a green card on your behalf. The steps for immigration based on family status defer depending on the relationship between the petitioner and the potential immigrant in question. Family members who can petition for a relative’s green card include spouses, parents, children, and siblings.
Immigration via Employment
If you are already living and working in Texas on an employment visa, it is sometimes possible to upgrade your status to permanent residency. This path to citizenship or permanent residency is not possible for all foreign workers and depends on the terms of your employment visa and field of employment. Our immigration attorneys can determine if you are a good candidate for immigration based on employment.
Seeking Asylum or Humanitarian Relief
Immigration based on humanitarian relief efforts such as seeing asylum or refugee status from a country that is in the midst of war or other political turmoil is becoming increasingly common due to the increasing instability of many countries in the world. Victims of persecution, human trafficking, or survivors of other crimes committed and reported in the US may also qualify for immigration under the U visa.
IMMIGRATION LAW PRACTICE AREAS
FAMILY IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
DEPORTATION DEFENSE AND APPEALS
BUSINESS AND EMPLOYMENT IMMIGRATION
DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)
ASYLUM AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
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Texas State Immigration Laws
Immigration law in Texas is one of the most complex areas of law. While it is possible to apply for immigration visas and green cards without the help of an experienced immigration attorney, a good lawyer can help streamline the process and increase your chances of success. Our team of immigration attorneys at Manuel Diaz Law Firm, PC are always up to date on the latest reforms and the best methods to help those wishing to live permanently in the United States find a clear path toward legal immigration, whether you are just starting the immigration process from abroad or already residing in Texas as an undocumented immigrant or non-immigrant.
Some of the frequently asked questions we hear regarding Texas immigration law from those wishing to live and work in Texas include:
Immigrant status is given to anyone who is applying to reside in the United States permanently, for example, an individual who is applying for residency via a spouse or other family member.
A non-immigrant is someone who is applying for a visa to live in the United States on a more temporary basis. Common examples of non-immigrants include students, those coming to Texas for temporary employment, or those visiting family members for a specific amount of time. A non-immigrant is not the same as an undocumented immigrant.
Yes! A non-immigrant has several options to change their immigration status and start on the path to permanent residence or even citizenship. The path toward upgrading your immigrant status differs depending on your individual circumstances. Our immigration lawyers can help determine the best path for you to change or alter your status and apply for a green card.
Even though you may not have a green card or citizenship yet, you still have rights under Texas law. Oftentimes, others may try to take advantage of your immigrant status such as employers subjecting you to unfair labor practices or trying to deny you the employment benefits you deserve or partners subjecting spouses to abuse and violence. In such cases, our immigration lawyers can help you file the necessary legal complaints in order to hold these citizens accountable for their actions. To learn more about your rights as an immigrant, contact our office today!
While it isn’t always easy, it is possible for an undocumented immigrant to apply for a green card and eventually citizenship in the United States. Our attorneys can evaluate your case and help determine the best path towards citizenship.
Once you’ve established your preferred path to immigration, our immigration attorneys can help guide you through the process of acquiring your immigration visa or permanent resident green card. Some of these steps might include:
- Filling out and filing sponsorship paperwork if you are immigrating through family or employment
- Walking you through the application process
- Helping assure you have all the necessary documents
- Applying for your selected visa
- Applying for your green card
- Petitioning for an appeal if your application is denied for any reason
- Filing for a change or adjustment of status
- Helping you navigate the process of switching from non-immigrant to immigrant status
- Filing for political asylum
- Applying for refugee status
- Acquiring your labor certification
- Gathering evidence
- Filing a motion to reconsider
- Applying for permanent residence based on the violence against women act
- Preparing you for your citizenship interview
- Filing naturalization paperwork
- Applying for residency by investment
- Filing for visa extensions
- Applying for immigration benefits