Kelley Kronenberg’s Immigration Practice Group focuses on the complex immigration and naturalization laws of the United States.
Our immigration attorneys represent individuals with nationality law issues and immigration matters in DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Green Cards, Citizenship and Naturalization, Consular Processing, Immigrant Visa, Fiancé Visa (K-1; K-3), Adjustment of Status, and Waivers.
Citizenship and Naturalization
Lawful permanent residents of the United States may be eligible to become citizens through the naturalization process after:
In addition, some permanent residents will become U.S. citizens automatically by the operation of law without the necessity of naturalization.
Family Petitions/ Adjustment of Status/ Green Card
Almost all aliens emigrate to the U.S. as a beneficiary of a family-based immigrant visa petition. U.S. citizens may petition for spouses and parents, as well as siblings, married and unmarried children. Lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders) are only allowed to petition for spouses and unmarried children.
There are technical issues and rules in filing family-based petitions. For instance, the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident must be able to establish the ability to financially support the immigrant so that the person does not become a public charge. Also, there are times when the lawful permanent resident status is conditional, and there are rules and statutes that must be followed to remove these conditions.
Let Kelley Kronenberg educate you and your family members on the many aspects of the immigration process, and guide you through the complexities involved in becoming a lawful permanent resident.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum explaining how prosecutorial discretion should be used concerning individuals who came to the U.S. as children. The memorandum directs that certain young people who do not present a risk to national security or public safety and meet specified criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for two years, subject to renewal, and apply for work authorization. Applicants must pass a background check before they receive deferred action.
To establish eligibility for deferred action, individuals must provide “verifiable documents” showing that they:
President Biden has issued an Executive Order continuing this program for new applicants as well as renewals.