Immigration & Naturalization
Immigration is defined as the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country, whereas naturalization is the granting of citizenship to a foreign-born person under statutory authority. Both immigration and naturalization can prove to be challenging for those uninformed about the legal process. Igunbor & Igunbor can help.
Green Card Applications
A green card allows a person to become a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) of the United States. This means that a green card holder will be able to legally live and work in the United States indefinitely under certain conditions. To understand your options, and avoid unnecessary setbacks and delays, it is encouraged to speak with a knowledgeable attorney at the very beginning of the process.
Igunbor & Igunbor understands how important it is for you or your family member to become a green card holder and we are here to help. If you or someone you care about are curious about being eligible for a green card, contact us.
Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”)
The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) provides a path to permanent residency for women and men who have been victims of domestic abuse. Often, these cases involve an immigrant coming to the United States to marry. However, there are some unfortunate instances in which the immigrant’s spouse can become violent and abusive to the immigrant, and in such unfortunate situations, the immigrant will need help.
Anyone experiencing domestic violence should seek help immediately and for an immigrant, it is even more critical to document the abuse and obtain legal representation by a knowledgeable attorney. Contact Igunbor & Igunbor to learn more about how we can assist you in obtaining legal residency through VAWA.
Certain criminal charges—primarily those considered “crimes involving moral turpitude” —can trigger removal from the United States if the convicted person is not a U.S. citizen. Crimes involving moral turpitude include theft crimes, sexual offenses, and violent crimes.
At the conclusion of a criminal matter, a detained immigrant may have a detainer lodge by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), which will be the beginning of removal proceedings.
If you or someone you care about is facing removal due to a criminal charge, it is encouraged to hire an attorney who can handle both the criminal defense and removal defense aspects of the case. Relief from removal will depend on a variety of factors. Contact Igunbor & Igunbor for assistance to make sure options for relief from removal are explored.
An individual may acquire U.S. citizenship, generally through birth or through the naturalization process. When completed, persons born outside the United States will be able to enjoy the full fruits of U.S. citizenship, which include, but are not limited to the right to vote in federal elections, travel with a U.S. passport, the ability to run for elective office, participate on a jury, expand and expedite their ability to bring family members to the United States, and much more. With that said, however, the naturalization process can have its challenges, especially for those who do not speak, write, or read English well. If you or someone you know would like to inquire about eligibility for naturalization, contact us.