Frequently Asked Immigration Questions
Answers From Our Immigration Lawyers in Houston
What factors are considered in the immigration process?
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will take
into account several different factors when considering an individual’s
These factors might include the following:
- If the petitioner has an immediate relative and the relative is a U.S.
citizen or permanent resident
- If the petitioner has or will have a permanent job position while in the
U.S. and that job is valid under one of the five eligibility requirements
- If the petitioner will be making a significant investment that meets the
- If the petitioner qualifies for refugee status—someone facing persecution
in his or her home country due to gender, religion, race, political opinion,
or affiliation in a certain group or organization
What should I do if I must undergo deportation proceedings?
If you have been given a deportation order or notification of any kind,
you will need strong deportation defense immediately. Before you attend
any hearings, get in touch with a knowledgeable attorney who can develop
a strong case in your favor. You will be asked questions in court to determine
the result of your case and will have the opportunity to bring forward
any evidence or witnesses that may help your case. Without a lawyer who
knows the ins and outs of immigration proceedings, you may find yourself
in a difficult situation. Do not enter these kinds of situations blindly
What reasons would result in a green card denial?
The U.S. government can deny green card applications for many reasons.
These include but are not limited to errors made on the required official
forms, documents required that are missing, the petitioner does not have
sufficient financial resources, or other missing eligibility requirements.
Requirements vary depending on whether you are applying for a family-based
or employment-based green card. Working with a qualified attorney at Sebastian
Simon Law Group, PLLC can better ensure that your application is thorough,
accurate, and provides everything that is needed to give you the best
chance for approval.
When waiting for a green card, can you work in the U.S.?
You can only work if you have already obtained a valid work visa.
Examples of these are:
- H-1B visa for those who wish to work in a specialty occupation or other
service applicable to this category
- L-1 visa for intracompany managers or executives from abroad who are transferred
to work here in their company’s U.S. location
Without a valid work visa, you are not permitted to start working in the
U.S. You must obtain a work permit by filing the correct application.
Our firm can help identify the right application for your situation.