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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 immigration petition.

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 for occupations
  • If the petitioner will be making a significant investment that meets the minimum required
  • 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 and alone.

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.

What does it mean to have a “biometric screening?”

This is a screening interview where an immigration official will record your fingerprints and take your photograph and signature. This is done so that government records can be checked in search of any serious criminal activity or violations of immigration law. The government must ensure that you qualify for a green card. For most individuals, this is not a difficult or stressful experience. It is generally a simple and short procedure.

How long do green cards remain valid?

Green cards that identify you as a lawful permanent resident currently remain valid for 10 years unless you are a conditional resident. It is important to note that your green card must be renewed before it expires. Your status as a lawful permanent resident does not expire, however, just because your identification card has expired. However, if you fail to renew it, you could be charged with a misdemeanor. A successful conviction of this misdemeanor could endanger your residency status. Renewing your green card is done though a Form I-90. At Sebastian Simon Law Group, PLLC, we can help you with this process.

Advocacy from Someone Who Has Been There

When it comes to immigration law, it is helpful to choose an attorney who has personal experience with the immigration process. Our legal team is dedicated solely to immigration matters and is passionate about getting results for you. We have had vast experiences handling a wide array of immigration cases, resulting in positive case outcomes.

Having assisted individuals from all across the globe, we have dealt with applications to U.S. Consulates abroad and have also presented cases to the Board of Immigration Appeals. At our firm, you can find the answers you need to many of your questions and the peace of mind knowing that your case is in the hands of immigration law attorneys in Houston who thoroughly understand the process.


Contact our Houston immigration office to get the additional information and guidance you need today. Call (713) 839-0639 or (332) 330-9442.


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