Immigration Services

Removal Defense

Background on Process of Removal (Deportation) A person can be placed in removal proceedings (deportation proceedings) through any interaction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) or United States Citizenshi… Read More

Family-based Immigration, Adjustment of Status & Consular Processing

Adjustment of status is the process of becoming a permanent resident in the United States. Immigrant visa consular processing is the process of becoming a permanent resident after obtaining an immigrant visa from abroad to come to the United States.… Read More


There are many things that can happen in a person’s background to prevent them from getting a visa or adjusting status in the United States. These events create inadmissibilities under the Immigration and Nationality Act and some grounds of inadmis… Read More

Citizenship & Naturalization

A person born in the United States is a United States citizen. Persons not born in the United States may still achieve citizenship if certain criteria are met. A person may be eligible for derivative citizenship through a family member. He or she may… Read More

Victims of Trafficking (T Visa) or Crime (U Visa)

T visas, for victims of human trafficking, and U visas, for victims of crime, are special nonimmigrant visas authorized by law under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. When this Act was passed, Immigrants First founder Lisa Shea was one… Read More

Refugee Status, Asylum, and Convention Against Torture

Refugee and Asylum Claims A refugee is defined as any person outside his or her country of nationality, or, in the case of a person having no nationality, his or her last habitual residence, who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable to u… Read More

Violence Against Women Act Petitions

There are many issues that arise for families experiencing domestic violence, and if a child or spouse is a foreign national there are additional considerations to be taken into account because of the vulnerability of their status. For urgent assista… Read More

Temporary Protected Status

Temporary protected status, or TPS, is available to those foreign nationals requiring a safe haven due to ongoing armed conflict or natural disasters in their country that have resulted in a disruption of living conditions. There must be extraordinar… Read More

Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant visas are for temporary travel to the United States and generally require evidence of plans to return to the originating country. There are many reasons for temporary travel: study, business, tourism, temporary employment, exchange progr… Read More

Relief for Children

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by a parent can self-petition for classification as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Such classification allows for a child to obtain lawful permanent re… Read More