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The fact that immigration laws and policies are evolving makes this area of law even more complicated for individuals in Massachusetts, especially for those who wish to pursue their dreams of citizenship or who need help dealing with the possibility of deportatio. At Shapiro Law Group, we have the legal resources and experience needed to assist you with all of your immigration law needs.

CITIZENSHIP

The path to citizenship can vary greatly depending on the unique circumstances of each case. First, eligibility must be determined and an N-400 form needs to be filed. The timeline and chances of a successful pursuit of U.S. citizenship can depend on the relationship between family members or extenuating circumstances. Those who seek a green card must meet certain criteria and understand the rights and responsibilities of being a green card holder. Obtaining and renewing a green card can depend on whether it is a family green card, job-related, or if there is asylum or refugee status involved. The process of proving refugee or asylum status requires meeting certain legal criteria related to the where a person is coming from and proof of the circumstances.

Vivian Salib Crowell, Esq., Partner

VISAS

There are various types of visas available and each one has certain conditions which must be met. In Massachusetts, H-1B visas are popular as they can help professionals in certain fields live and work in the United States. Profession-based visas are available for fields including, but not limited to: scientists, engineers, researchers, and computer programmers. There are also permanent and temporary work visas for those in other fields or who have extraordinary ability or talents in certain fields. Obtaining these types of visas may require proof of experience or skill. Student F-1 or M-1 visas also involve specific standards and eligibility criteria. This includes being in school full-time, being enrolled in an approved school, and proving independent financial support.

DEPORTATION

Deportation or appealing a denial of a visa or green card can pose unique legal challenges. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department can be overwhelming to deal with and go up against. The possibility of deportation can be frightening and upend an entire family and community. Immigration law is an area that requires unique insight and training. If you are dealing with any kind of immigration matter, you need an experienced advocate who is up to date on the evolving laws and policies and dedicated to helping you get a successful outcome. Immigration law issues should never be faced alone. According to Trac Immigration Reports having an experienced immigration attorney representing you is important in immigration proceedings involving women with children. The amount of paperwork, deadlines for filing for certain documents, and changing eligibility criteria all make dedicated and dependable legal assistance a necessity, not a luxury. Shapiro Law Grouprepresents clients in Boston Massachusetts as well as New England for all area of immigration law. We understand what is at stake and can help guide you through the process, explain the laws, and ensure you are fully aware of your options. Our goal is to fight for your rights and help you achieve the dream of living and working in the United States legally and safely.

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