The United States Immigration Laws offer an individual two primary paths to Permanent Resident status or a “green card.” An individual who (1) is the beneficiary of an approved immigrant petition; and (2) has an immigrant visa number immediately available, may apply at a U.S. Department of State Consulate abroad in order to come to the United States and be admitted as a Permanent Resident. This pathway is referred to as “consular processing.” The second legal mechanism is adjusting your status to that of a Lawful Permanent Resident from within the United States. In either option, the DDV Law Team will advocate on behalf of you and your family and we will thoroughly prepare you in each step of the process. We are the Team you and your family can count on.
What We Do
Featured Practice Areas
Lawful Permanent Residency
Citizenship and Naturalization
The areas of Citizenship and Naturalization are very complex in the Immigration Law arena. A person who is not born in the United States can acquire or derive United States Citizenship through family. Naturalization is the manner in which a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a United States Citizen. Our Team has extensive expertise in this area of U.S. Immigration Law, especially concerning complicated matters such as physical presence issues, criminal history, and other challenges establishing good moral character. The DDV Law Team will thoroughly prepare your case from application submission all the way through the interview process.
If you or a loved one is facing detention and/or deportation and removal, it is critical that you contact an experienced immigration attorney immediately. The DDV Law Team specializes in zealously fighting for release from detention on bond and litigating removal defense cases on behalf of our clients. It is especially important to have a team that has extensive experience in this area of law and also has the compassion to walk with you during some of the most stressful times in your life. The DDV Law Team fights for you and your family. We get results.
The E2 Treaty Investor visa allows an investor to live and work in the United States to develop and direct their enterprise. It also affords the spouse of the principal investor to live and work in the United States, as they are eligible for an Employment Authorization Document and a Social Security Card. Contrary to popular belief, there is no minimum amount of investment requirement (ie. $500,000 US) to obtain the E2 status; rather, the capital required depends on the total value of the investment. The E2 status can continue to be extended indefinitely as long as the business continues in the United States. The DDV Law Team specializes in obtaining E2 status for our clients and their family who live and work throughout the United States. Our results are impeccable.
Asylum is the protection afforded by the United States to non-citizens from suffering persecution in their home country. Asylum has become increasingly difficult to obtain and, now, more than ever, it is imperative to hire a team who will fight to protect your life and well-being. Those who are granted asylum have the opportunity to apply for Permanent Residence and Citizenship in the United States. The DDV Law Team has had the privilege of helping countless individuals and families obtain the protection from the United States that has unequivocally saved them from continued persecution and harm.
Family Based Immigration
A family member with either Lawful Permanent Residency or U.S. Citizenship can be eligible to sponsor qualifying family members to live and work in the United States permanently. The qualifying relationship determines the length of time the process will take. The DDV Law Team will walk with you and your family every step of the way in this often long and complicated process.
The Fiancée Visa is for the foreign citizen fiancée of a United States Citizen. The K-1 visa permits the foreign citizen fiancée to travel to the United States and marry her or his United States Citizen sponsor within 90 days of arriving to the United States. Eligible children of K-1 visa applicants receive K-2 visas to enter the United States. The DDV Law Team has extensive experience in expediting the process of bringing new families together and have been honored to witness the beginning of their new lives together in the United States.
Non-immigrant Visas are for foreign nationals wishing to enter the United States on a temporary basis such as for tourism, business, temporary work, study, and medical treatment. The DDV Law Team will meticulously evaluate your case to determine you, your family’s, and your company’s best option for a temporary stay in the United States.
As a battered spouse, child or parent, male or female, you may file an immigrant visa petition under the United States Immigration Laws pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA provisions allow certain spouses, children, and parents of United States Citizens and certain spouses and children of Lawful Permanent Residents to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser’s knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing. The DDV Law Team handles these applications with the compassion and sensitivity for our clients who have often suffered for years at the hands of their abusers; but we are aggressive in our approach to obtaining the immigration results they need.
Waivers and Cancellation of Removal
A waiver is a request to the United States government to overlook or forgive a ground of inadmissibility (something that makes you ineligible for an immigration benefit) and grant an application for Lawful Permanent Residence. There are many types of waivers available.
Cancellation of Removal is a defensive form of immigration relief available to both Lawful Permanent Residents and Non-Lawful Permanent Residents who have been physically present in the United States for a minimum period of time, are individuals of good moral character, and have a qualifying relative that would suffer extreme hardship should their application not be granted.
The DDV Law Team has extensive experience and exceptional results in obtaining waivers and Cancellation of Removal on behalf of our clients and their family members.
Criminal convictions can carry very heavy immigration consequences. A criminal conviction can lead to an arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, detention, revocation of status, and removal from the United States. This is often a very complex area of law as the legal analysis often requires an evaluation of a State Law as applied to the Federal United States Immigration Laws. Often a criminal incident that does not result in a conviction under the State Law is still considered a criminal conviction for purposes of immigration. Before agreeing to anything in a criminal matter, it is imperative that you consult with a criminal attorney and an immigration attorney. Even if you have had a criminal conviction expunged or erased from the State records, it will still count against you as a conviction for immigration purposes. The DDV Law Team often works with our clients’ criminal attorneys for the most positive outcomes in their immigration matters. We also regularly team with our clients’ criminal attorneys to obtain post-conviction relief that is necessary for a successful immigration case.
- B1/B2: Business Visitor / Tourist
- E1/E2: Treaty Trader / Treaty Investor
- F1/J1/M4: Student / Trainee / Vocational Student
- H: Professional / Temporary Worker / Trainee
- K1: Fiancée a U.S. Citizen
- K3/4: Spouses & Children of U,S.. Citizens
- L-1: Intracompany Transfer
- 0/P: Extraordinary Ability I Entertainer / Athlete
- R: Religious Worker
Immigrant (Permanent / Green Card)
- Employment Based Permanent Residency
- Family Based Permanent Residency for Spouses, Children, Parents, Siblings of United States Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
- I 601A Provisional Waiver
- DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
- Refugee / Asylee
- Deportation / Removal Proceedings
- United States Citizenship
Reasons To Hire Us
Why Choose Us?
We have been helping individuals, families, and businesses successfully navigate through the complex waters of the U.S. Immigration Process for over 20 years!
- Experience matters.
- We offer free in-office or telephonic initial consultations.
- We offer fully bilingual services.