Immigration Attorney Serving High Point, NC

For many people, coming to the United States means a life full of opportunity. But unfortunately, immigration laws can be complex and difficult to navigate. 

Whether you’re an overseas resident trying to obtain a family visa, a citizen looking to bring your fiancé or family to America, or a resident non-citizen dealing with green card issues, having the help of a High Point, NC, immigration attorney is an absolute must. 

At Greenwood Law, our attorneys have extensive experience with the complicated and ever-changing network of laws that surround the immigration process. If you’re facing any kind of immigration-related legal issues, get in touch with us right away to set up a consultation.

How an Immigration Lawyer Serving High Point, NC, Can Help

If you’ve already explored Rich Fork Preserve or High Point’s Greenway Trail, you know that our town is home to spectacular natural beauty. If you live here already and want to stay — or if you’re eager to make a new home here in the Piedmont — the right immigration law firm can help. 

Here are some of the ways Greenwood Law may be able to make your immigration journey a little smoother.

Detainment and Deportation Defense

When many people think of immigration law, they imagine deportation defense. And if you are at risk of deportation or have already been detained in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility, you’re in urgent need of an experienced attorney to maximize your chances of staying in the country.

While there’s no guaranteed way to win a deportation case, your attorney may be able to  help you:

  • Apply for asylum if there is a likelihood you will be harmed or persecuted in your home country
  • Apply for a waiver to stop removal proceedings
  • Apply to change your status to “permanent resident”
  • Leave voluntarily (to avoid deportation)
  • File an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals

In many cases, these remedies are discretionary, which means that an immigration judge decides them on a case-by-case basis. That makes it even more important to ensure you have an attorney who is deeply familiar with NC immigration law.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

If you were brought to the United States as a child and never officially became a citizen, you may be at risk for deportation. However, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can give you temporary, renewable work authorization while shielding you from deportation. 

An immigration attorney can help you determine eligibility and navigate the intricate process of getting a DACA work authorization.

Green Card Applications

A Permanent Resident Card, commonly called a “green card,” is your ticket to live and work in the United States. However, the process of determining eligibility, filing paperwork, and presenting evidence can be extremely challenging. 

You can technically apply for one yourself, but when you have an experienced lawyer, you’ll be much more likely to see a favorable outcome. The right attorney can help you in more ways than you think, including:

  • Helping you determine whether you’re eligible for a green card
  • Helping you understand any other immigration options you might have
  • Telling you what forms you need to file and when you need to file them
  • Helping you fill out relevant forms
  • Helping you select documents and evidence to send to support your case
  • With your permission, communicating directly with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about your case

Unfortunately, there are many kinds of scams targeting people who are just looking to apply for a green card. That’s why it’s so important to work with a reputable law firm and an attorney you trust.

Immigrating for Employment

The process of immigrating for a job is a bit different than ordinary immigration. If you’ve been offered a job teaching at High Point University or have accepted another prestigious position, accepting the job can be complicated if you aren’t already a United States citizen. 

Don’t let a lack of American citizenship stop you from achieving the career of your dreams. When you talk to an immigration attorney serving in High Point, NC, your lawyer can help make your transition to American life smooth and efficient.

Visa Applications

There are many different types of visas, both for immigrants and non-immigrants. An immigration lawyer can help you determine eligibility and guide you through the complex application process. These are a few examples of people who commonly need immigrant visas:

  • Spouses of U.S. citizens
  • Certain family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • People engaged to U.S. citizens
  • Children adopted by U.S. citizens

You also may be able to apply for a work visa, but eligibility requirements are fairly strict. While not an exhaustive list, here are some of the types of workers who may be eligible for a work visa:

  • People with advanced degrees
  • People with extraordinary abilities in the fields of research, science, art, business, education, or athletics
  • Executives or high-level managers of multinational companies
  • Religious workers
  • Skilled workers
  • Certain business investors
  • Employees at certain U.S. foreign service posts

Not all visas are designed for those looking to permanently move to America. You also might seek a temporary visa for one of these purposes:

  • Work
  • Education
  • Medical treatment
  • Tourism
  • Intercultural exchange
  • Business

Even if you aren’t immigrating, an immigration lawyer can be extremely helpful when it comes to applying for a temporary visa. The application process is rarely straightforward, and even small errors may result in delays or even denial of your application.

Becoming a Naturalized Citizen

United States citizenship is a goal for many. If you want to become a naturalized citizen, an immigration attorney can help you. However, there are certain eligibility criteria you must meet:

  • Be at least 18
  • Have been a permanent resident for five years (or three years if you’re the spouse of a citizen)
  • Be of good moral character
  • Have been continuously physically present in the U.S.
  • Be able to read and write in English 
  • Know the basics of the U.S. Constitution and American history

The citizenship test is challenging, but there are many free, government-provided resources to help you study. Your immigration attorney will be able to help guide you through the many steps needed to become a naturalized citizen.

North Carolina Immigration Lawyers You Can Count On

When you’re dealing with the legal system, it’s easy to feel like you’ve been reduced to a case number. But at Greenwood Law, we treat each of our clients with the utmost respect. Every immigration case is a little different, and our attorneys take the time to understand the nuances of your situation and develop a personalized solution. 

Get in touch with us online or call to set up a consultation with a High Point, NC, immigration lawyer.

Immigration Attorney Serving High Point, NC