Immigration Law


When navigating the immigration system-you need a trusted and experienced attorney. Our legal team can provide you with effective strategies that have proven results. There are two main areas of U.S. immigration law- and the Faett Firm can stand by your side through both.

Defending Against Deportation

Immigration Court can be a scary place, especially without an attorney. Unlike in criminal court, you are not afforded the automatic right to free legal Counsel in Immigration Court. That means individuals are often times forced to represent themselves against experienced government prosecutors- and without experience in the intricacies of U.S. Immigration law, these individuals are often times left hopeless.

Here, at the Faett Firm, we have helped our many clients through countless immigration hearings and trials to win not only their freedom but permanent legal status in this country.

Bond from ICE Custody

There are many stages to an immigration case- but most all start with a bond hearing. We file and argue ‘custody redetermination’ motions regularly. Our Firm’s unique ties to the criminal justice system help our clients qualify for bond, when they otherwise would not have qualified. This is because certain criminal offenses can put a person under ‘mandatory detention’ – leaving them unable to bond. However, we are often times able to avoid these ‘mandatory detention’ crimes in criminal court and get our client’s bond in immigration court. Bond hearings are complicated and involve a presentation of supporting evidence and proof- But, we at the Faett Firm have the experience needed to fight for our clients’ bonds and ensure that
they are able to fight their case on the ‘outside.’

Defenses against Deportation

There are numerous defenses to deportation -each with its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Additionally, each defense has specific qualifications and requirements that can become extremely convoluted and complicated to determine. The Faett Firm has the experience, training and knowledge necessary to give you a winning strategy for removal proceeding. Some of the most common deportation defenses include:

  1. Asylum I Withholding of Removal I Convention Against Torture
  2. Cancellation of Removal
  3. Adjustment of Status- Application for permanents Residency
  4. Criminal I Non-Criminal Waivers
  5. Renewal of Conditional Residency
  6. Prosecutorial Discretion
  7. U Visas/ VAWA
  8. DACA
  9. TPS I NACARA
  10. Motions to Terminate
  11. Voluntary Departure

Gaining Lawful Legal Status (Green-Card)

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. In order to avoid the perils of deportation, many of our clients come to us before any issue has even arisen. We help individuals who have yet to step foot on U.S. soil, those who entered the country illegally and those who have overstayed
their visa. No matter how someone came to this country, there often times is a way to gain legal status for them.

Often referred to as a ‘green-card’- Lawful Permanent Residence- allows a person to live and work in the United States legally. There are a multitude of ways one can obtain this status, but knowing the best strategy to do so is crucial. We at the Faett Firm can help you decide what will be the safest, smoothest and quickest way to legal status.

Visas

There are many different visas an individual can obtain in order to enter the country legally. And while not an exhaustive list, some of the most common are:

  • 8-1 Business Visitors
  • E-1 I E-2 Trader & Investor Visas
  • F Student Visas I CPT, OPT & STEM OPT
  • H-18 Visas
  • J-1 Visa for Trainees and Interns
  • L Visas
  • 0 Extraordinary Ability Visas
  • P Visas for Athletes
  • TN Visas for Canadians & Mexicans
  • R Religious Worker Visas

Petitions

Lawful Permanents Residence (a Green-Card) can be obtained through many different avenues. However, largely they break down into two unique categories- Family and Work.

  • Family
    • Through Marriage or Family Relationship individuals can petition for their loved one to remain and work in the U.S. legally. These include:
      • Spouses
      • Parents
      • Children
      • Brothers and Sisters
    • These petitions involve compiling evidence, scheduling interviews and submitting exhaustive applications- but our experience can help you move through this complicated process not only smoothly but quickly.
  • Work
    • Certain Careers and jobs can allow a person to obtain lawful Status (a green-card). Depending on the nature of the work- individuals’ employment based petitions may require applications and approval from the Department of Labor (PERM certification), while others may not require a petition from an employer at all (such as self-investment).

Citizenship

The final step to all immigration journeys is citizenship. Our goal is to get our clients there as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Citizenship can be obtained through birth, derivation or naturalization. The most common of which for our clients is Naturalization- which involves extensive applications, interviews, and tests. Our firm will stand by your side through the entire process – and can provide vital strategies for those approaching naturalization so that they can remain qualified.

The main general requirements to naturalization are:

  • 5 years of lawful permanents residence in the U.S.
  • Good moral character
  • General physical presence or continued residence in the U.S. during that time.
Josh Faett, Esq.

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