The following individuals may apply to obtain a green card in the United States:
- Spouses and children of green card holders
- Spouses, children, parents and siblings of U.S. Citizens
The Law Office of Claire Seifi handles petitions for relatives, marriage-based immigration, fiancé visas, adjustments of status, consular processing and more.
Adjustment of Status
Certain individuals are eligible to apply for a green card while inside the United States if specific conditions are met. This process is called Adjustment of Status, and it may occur only if an individual
- Is eligible to receive an immigrant visa,
- Can be admitted into the United States, and
- Has an immigrant visa immediately available at the time of application for adjustment.
Consular processing is another way to obtain lawful permanent resident status for individuals who are
- Living abroad or
- Unlawfully living in the United States (for example after an illegal entry)
Waivers and Provisional Waivers
Individuals who have accrued more than 180 days of unlawful presence while in the United States are subject to the unlawful presence bans under Section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In order to overcome this restriction, they must obtain a Waiver of Inadmissibility. Certain immigrant visa applicants who are spouses, children and parents of U.S. citizens can apply for the provisional unlawful presence waivers before they leave the United States. This process is expected to shorten the amount of time U.S. Citizens are separated from their immediate relatives.
Deportation & Removal Defense
The Law Office of Claire Seifi assists clients in deportation and removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals.
Asylum status is a form of protection available to people who
- Have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion and
- Are already in the United States
The Law Office of Claire Seifi handles both affirmative and defensive asylum cases.
Victims of Crime
Many immigrants fear arrest and deportation as a result of reporting that they have been a victim of a crime. However, U.S. laws provide a number of protections for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and other violent crimes. Victims of such crimes may be eligible for certain forms of immigration relief, such as U-Visa, T-Visa, adjustment of status under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and VAWA cancellation of removal.
Citizenship and Naturalization
Citizenship can be obtained through Naturalization, which is the process by which a Legal Permanent Resident may become a U.S. Citizen after he or she fulfills certain requirements. In order to apply for Citizenship, you must first determine whether you are eligible to apply. Citizenship can also be obtained through parents, either at birth or after birth but before the age of 18