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There are many immigrants who turn to the United States as a safe haven where they can escape from all types of persecution that they suffer within their own countries. This includes religious persecution, racial persecution, political persecution, persecution based on nationality, gender-related persecution and more.
The United States has historically provided protection for many of these immigrants through humanitarian immigration. There are also many other reasons that the U.S. chooses to extend protection to individuals from other countries, such as when they are the victims of abuse by U.S. citizens or when they are undergoing situations of extreme hardship. Further explanation of the various humanitarian immigration categories is listed further below.
Those who seek protection through humanitarian immigration are usually individuals whose safety will be at great risk if their petitions are not granted. This shows why it is so important for humanitarian immigration petitions to be handled as swiftly and efficiently as possible. At Fayad Law, P.C., our Virginia immigration attorneys are available to assist you with every aspect of your humanitarian immigration matter so that you can improve your chances of success. Our firm assists clients in many other countries outside the U.S.
When can I seek relief through humanitarian immigration?
Here is a list of some of the different types of humanitarian immigration that exist in the United States, as listed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
- Protection for refugees/asylum seekers—protects individuals who are subject to persecution in their own countries
- Protection for victims of human trafficking and of other select crimes
- Protection for battered spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens (and sometimes of permanent residents)
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—temporary deportation relief for certain immigrants who were brought into the country at a young age
- Protection in special situations—short-term relief for immigrants in extreme situations, such as those affected by natural disasters or those who need to enter/stay in the U.S. for emergency medical reasons
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS) —temporary permission for immigrants already in the U.S. to remain here longer due to dangerous conditions (such as ongoing armed conflict from civil war) in the immigrant’s home country
- Deferred Enforced Departure—permission granted by the President of the United States to delay the removal of a foreign national
With more than 20 years of combined legal experience behind us, our immigration lawyers serve as excellent legal advocates for the immigrants who work with us. Schedule an initial consultation so we can learn more about your situation and help you get an action plan established. We advise you to contact us as soon as possible so that you do not lose your window of opportunity to get the protection you need! We have multiple office locations.
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There are dozens of different types of visas available under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), but they can all be placed in one of two categories: immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The former is for individuals who are hoping to establish permanent residency with a green card and perhaps even to pursue the path to naturalization and citizenship. The latter is for those who are only planning a temporary visit to the United States, such as for the purpose of conducting business or attending school.
The INA sets limits on the number of people who will be permitted to immigrate to the United States each year using certain types of visas, while other visas are unlimited. Family immigration visas for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are available on an unlimited basis, while there are annual quotas set for the relatives of lawful permanent residents and extended family of citizens, with a maximum quota of 480,000. The number of employment immigration visas is limited to 140,000 per year.
Pathways to citizenship include service in the United States military and adoption, but a large percentage of all people who become citizens do so through the process of naturalization. The basic qualifications for naturalization include:
- Living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 5 years (or 3 years for a spouse of a U.S. citizen)
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Living within the state where you will apply for citizenship for at least 3 months prior to the application date
- Being physically present in this country for at least half of the past 5 years
- Maintaining continuous residence in this country from the date you submit your application for naturalization
- Being able to read, write and speak English
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and civics
It is also necessary to supply evidence that you are a person of good moral character and are attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. We can assist you with proving these factors, as well as preparing your petition and helping you get ready for the tests.
In June of 2012, the Obama Administration directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin applying a policy that is referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under deferred action, DHS is exercising discretion in its execution of the laws concerning deportation and removal of immigrants who are illegally present in the United States. Deferred action is not a change to the existing law, but is instead a change in the way that the law is being applied. You may qualify for relief under DACA if you were younger than 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday, have continuously resided in this country since June 15, 2007 and are either currently in school or have already graduated from high school or earned your general education development (GED) certificate, among other criteria. With deferred action, you may be able to avoid being deported, though it does not grant any change of immigration status.
In its review of immigrant visa petitions, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) weighs factors related to the ties that the prospective immigrant has in the United States and the reasons why he or she wants or needs to come to live in this country. For example, a family immigration petition will not be approved unless the foreign national has immediate relatives such as a spouse, mother or father, child or sibling already living here as a citizen or green card holder. An employment immigration petition is more likely to receive approval if the applicant has a job offer in this country and is coming to fill a position that cannot reasonably be filled from the local labor market. A foreign national who is fleeing persecution in his or her home country may be granted an immigrant visa as a refugee or asylee.
There are many strategies for challenging a removal action. If the proposed deportation is based on a criminal conviction, it may be possible to appeal the conviction in order to have it overturned. Another option is to petition for cancellation of removal, a type of immigration relief which is available to people who are of good moral character and whose deportation would subject a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident to extreme hardship. The key to success in stopping deportation is to take immediate action by hiring a Virginia immigration attorney from our firm as soon as possible. Contact us now at Fayad Law, P.C. for a confidential consultation and to let us get started on your case!
Fayad Law, P.C. maintains offices in Richmond and Fairfax, Virginia. We work with individuals, families, and businesses across the world, providing them with assistance in resolving the legal issues involved with helping their loved ones and employees to immigrate to the United States. We work directly with foreign nationals living abroad, guiding them through the process of obtaining immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for entry to the U.S.