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Immigration

America is the land of opportunity because of the people that call it home. The immigration system is not just about national security, it is also about ensuring that the best people become Americans.

Every immigration case is different. What may seem like a simple form application is just the beginning of a deeper, much more complex system. Even a small mistake can result in lengthy delays or even denial of an application. It is important to get expert, legal advice from the start, so that you can make informed decisions and achieve the best possible result in your case.

My practice is focused only on immigration law. I have the knowhow to handle all types of immigration cases. After a decade practicing law for every level of government, I have learned that the most fulfilling work is in helping people navigate complicated government processes. I apply the same attention to detail and care for the person that I learned as a defense attorney, prosecutor, and victims' rights advocate.

My Fairbanks-based office represents clients statewide, throughout the country, and abroad. Whatever your immigration goals are, I would love the opportunity to help.

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Citizenship & Naturalization

  • Application

  • Waivers

  • Interview Preparation

  • U.S. Citizens Born Abroad

 

Generally, a person is eligible for U.S. citizenship through naturalization after 5 years of lawful permanent resident status or after only 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen. In addition, the applicant must be a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States. In most cases, the applicant must speak, read, and write English and pass a U.S. history exam. In some cases, these requirements may be waived or modified.

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Family Based

  • Visa Application

  • Consular Processing

  • Waivers

  • Adjustment of Status

  • Removal of Conditions

 

In many cases, U.S. citizens and permanent residents may file to sponsor certain relatives for immigration to the U.S. There are many variations and differences in these applications, which depend on status of the sponsor and relation to the sponsee.

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Employment Based

  • Visa Application

  • Labor Certification

  • Adjustment of Status

 

Another common way of immigrating to the U.S. is through employment-based applications. Employees possessing extraordinary abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; advanced degrees; certain skills; and other exceptional abilities may qualify when application is made in collaboration with an employer.

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Deportation and Removal Defense

  • Waivers

  • Motions, Hearings, and Appeals

 

Removal proceedings often begin because of a criminal conviction or other violation of a visa. The law and the rules of procedure in immigration court are complex and constantly changing. Removal cases are often difficult and require a deep understanding of the legal defenses, courtroom presence, and political climate. Having a lawyer represent you in court gives you the best chance at protecting your rights and staying in the country.

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Military Immigration Issues

  • Visa Application

  • Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI)

 

Like some other areas of the law, immigration law provides certain variances, exceptions, and exemptions for military servicemembers and those willing to join. Generally, a person who has served for 1 year, honorably, is eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, waiving the ordinary permanent resident status requirement and application fee. Certain waivers may apply also to National Guardspersons and Reservists.

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Other Immigration Issues

  • Diversity Visa Lottery

  • Domestic Violence Cases

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Non-Immigrant Visa Application

 

There are many other areas of immigration law and special situations, each with its own set of rules.​

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Fairbanks immigration lawyer representing clients with precision and care statewide, throughout the country, and abroad.

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