Starting a new life in the United States takes courage but complicated immigration laws can frustrate that goal. One mistake in the application process could threaten your chance to achieve the American dream or could even put you in legal danger. The James Elliot Associate Law Firm serves clients from around the world who are seeking temporary or permanent residence in our country. From offices in Binghamton and Virginia, we explain the immigration laws and procedures clearly while delivering honest advice about what you can expect. We work hard to obtain the result you seek, whether that is a visa, green card or citizenship.
Dedicated firm helps people obtain green cards, visas and asylum status
In Craven, Carteret, Pamlico and Jones counties, as well as other locations, we advocate for people seeking various immigration benefits, including:
- Green cards and family-based visas — Lawful permanent resident status enables a noncitizen to live and work in the United States. The path to receiving a green card often begins with a petition from a sponsoring relative. We help clients and sponsors gather the necessary documents and information for applicants outside the U.S. as well as individuals who are here already on a temporary visa and are pursuing permanent residence.
- Employment-related visas — If you or someone you know is looking to move to the United States in order to work, it’s important to understand the eligibility system for obtaining a green card based on employment. We assist applicants and employers so that they can maximize the likelihood of a favorable outcome. Our lawyers can also advise on temporary nonimmigrant visas when workers are needed to fill specific positions.
- Asylum and refugee status — The United States has long been a safe haven for people who face persecution in their own country due to their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or membership in a particular social group. Someone who has reached the United States can seek asylum, while someone who is still abroad can apply for refugee status. Controversy about who qualifies and the implementation of laws such as the Real ID Act of 2005 present a serious challenge for potential refugees and asylum seekers. Our firm builds a compelling argument so that clients can be secure and happy in America.
Laws and rules relating to immigration are being debated constantly and can change quickly and without notice. Something that happened to a friend or relative even a few months ago might not apply now. The only way to be sure that you’re getting accurate, up-to-date information is to speak with a qualified immigration lawyer.
Strong advocates assist individuals facing potential deportation
Without warning, document problems or doubts raised about your visa validity can trigger a deportation proceeding. If you have received a Notice to Appear at a removal hearing, there is no time to waste. We are committed to making sure that people who wish to remain in the United States have every chance to do so. Our lawyers will counter untrue allegations and construct a strong argument to help you fight removal or seek discretionary relief.
Accomplished firm guides clients through the U.S. citizenship process
Lawful permanent residents who have been in the country long enough (usually five years but three years for spouses of U.S. citizens) can begin the naturalization process. It requires numerous steps, starting with the completion of the form N-400 application. From there, we’ll advise you on the documents, background check, interview and civics and history test required to achieve U.S. citizenship.