Immigration laws in the United States are complex, convoluted, and always changing. In fact, in the first half of 2015, legal battles rage across the United States concerning President Obama’s executive action deferring certain deportations. Perhaps you or someone you know wants to immigrate to the United States or already lives in California. No matter his or her documentation status, an immigration attorney can help settle many legal matters. These lawyers handle several types of situations.
1. Someone Who Wants to Immigrate
For someone living in a foreign country and who wants to move to the United States, the task can be daunting. The different types of statuses and restrictions can be very confusing if you are not familiar with U.S. immigration law. That’s fine. Very few people are. However, an immigration attorney who is very knowledgeable about the different requirements can guide you through the process to reduce the headache and hassle.
2. Someone Who Is Already in the U.S. and Would Like to Stay
There are many reasons someone can end up in the United States and need a lawyer’s help to stay. Perhaps you were in the country on a travel visa but happened to find a good job and want to work. Or maybe you were in the U.S. with a work visa but lost your job and are seeking another one. Documented or undocumented, immigrants in the United States often need legal advice to avoid deportation.
3. Someone Who Wants to Start a Business
Starting a business in the United States doesn’t require emigrating from a foreign country, but it does come with complex international legal complications. For example, if you wanted to start a business based in California, would you know all of the local, state, federal, and international laws? Probably not. However, an immigration attorney in Los Angeles, for example, would be able to walk you through the steps.
4. Someone Who Has Moved but Hasn’t Moved All of His or Her Belongings
Maybe you’ve already immigrated to the United States, but you haven’t imported all of your belongings. This can be simple or this can be complex, depending on local, state, and federal laws. Also, the complexity depends on the weight, cost, and composition of what you want to import. Perhaps you would like to bring your pet into the United States to live with you. Certain animals are permitted and certain ones are not. Some require special treatments. An attorney skilled in immigration law will know which regulations apply and place you in contact with the proper authorities.
5. Someone Who Needs Help With Citizenship Tests
Citizenship into the United States requires a test. The test, though somewhat straightforward, can be very difficult for someone who is not well versed in U.S. history and laws. In fact, many natural born U.S. citizens fail the test. An advocate can put you in touch with the proper resources to study for the test and ensure that you have the best possible chance of passing.