fREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT IMMIGRATION LAW
For many people, navigating the legal process can be confusing. The team at the Law Office of Alexander R. Vail has compiled the following questions and provided answers for you to review to help you understand more about immigration cases and our firm.
What kind of law do you practice?
Can I get a same-day appointment? My spouse is in custody and I need to see a lawyer now.
Where are you located and what are your business hours?
Do you make home visits?
REMOVAL DEFENSE QUESTIONS
My spouse is about to be deported back to Mexico. Can you help me?
I just found out I have an ICE hold. What does that mean, and can you help me?
Do I have to pay for my own interpreter in immigration court?
How does immigration court work? Do I need to speak to the judge? Will you be there with me?
FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION QUESTIONS
I am a naturalized citizen and want to file a petition to bring my mom from El Salvador. How long will it take?
I filed paperwork to bring my aunt over from Mexico, but I haven't heard anything for a while. I am afraid my paperwork has been lost. Can you help me?
I have been a U.S. citizen for five years. Is there a limit to how many family members I can sponsor? Do I need to have proof of income?
I have had a green card for seven years and want to apply to become a citizen. Can you help me with the naturalization process? How long will it take and how much will it cost?
Do I need to speak English to become an American citizen? Is there some test I must take?
How long will it take to become a naturalized citizen?
Can I become a citizen if I have been convicted of a felony?
CRIMINAL DEFENSE QUESTIONS
My wife and I had a disagreement that got out of hand. The police were called, and I was arrested. I am being charged with domestic violence. I have my first court date coming up, and I don't know what to expect. Can you help me?
My friends and I were drinking, and I just got a DUI. Will I get deported if I get convicted?
PERSONAL INJURY QUESTIONS
How much is my personal injury case worth?
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
Do I really need a personal injury attorney?
What kinds of injury are considered personal injury?
If you have additional questions about your circumstances, please request a free consultation with the Law Office of Alexander R. Vail. Our team is fluent in both English and Spanish and will be happy to assist you,
YOU SHOULD NOT NAVIGATE THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS ALONE.
Come see us, and we’ll tell you how to proceed. You can count on us for an honest answer and plan.
• Removal Defense
• Family-Based Immigration
We are ready when you are.
Call us at (725) 221-5998 to schedule a free consultation.
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APPLICATION FOR ASYLUM GRANTED Matter of K.M.M. (2022)
K.M.M. is a native and citizen of Venezuela who fled her country because of the political unrest and entered the United States with her children. Because of her participation in a political protest, C.I.C.P.C. took an interest in her and issued multiple summonses to her demanding that she appear before the agency to answer to the trumped-up charges lodged against her. Having already fled the country, she had no intention of complying, knowing well what the Venezuelan government does to political dissidents. The issuances of these summonses also made it very clear to K.M.M. that returning to Venezuela might never be possible in the future. She therefore contracted Alex to help with the preparation and filing of the Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal (“Form I-589”) with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The case was predicated on a well-founded fear of political persecution, and this meant that K.M.M. had the burden of establishing (1) that her fear of political persecution was subjectively genuine and objectively reasonable, (2) that she could not avail herself of the protection of her home country’s government, and (3) that it would not be possible to avoid her persecutors by relocating to another area in her home country. At the time of the hearing, the immigration judge found that K.M.M. met her burden of proof and therefore granted her asylum application.
APPLICATION FOR ASYLUM GRANTED Matter of G.M. (2022)
G.M. is a native and citizen of Venezuela who entered the United States, fleeing political persecution from her native country. She had suffered past persecution at the hands of the Venezuelan authorities and feared future harm if she returned to the country. She contracted Alex to help with the preparation and filing of the Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal (“Form I-589”) with the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The case was predicated on past political persecution, which meant that, so long as G.M. could credibly establish that she suffered past persecution on account of her political opinion, there would be a presumption that she had a well-founded fear of the same unless the government could prove by a preponderance of the evidence that current country conditions were such that G.M.’s fear is no longer objectively reasonable. At the time of the hearing, the immigration judge found that G.M. met her burden of proof and therefore granted her asylum application.
BOND GRANTED Matter of J.M.M. (2022)
J.M.M. is a native and citizen of Guatemala who had been arrested for driving under the influence in violation of Utah law. After he was bailed out of state custody, he was transferred to immigration custody where the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) refused to release J.M.M. on a bond. Alex filed a motion seeking a custody redetermination hearing with the Las Vegas Immigration Court on his behalf, arguing that J.M.M. did not pose a danger to the community or a risk of flight. Satisfied with the evidence presented, the presiding immigration judge set a bond. J.M.M. was released from immigration custody after posting this bond.
WHAT I ADMIRE SO MUCH ABOUT ALEX IS HIS HONESTY
“I am originally from China, and I have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for many years now. I was initially denied citizenship for a very complicated legal reason. Alex has helped make sense of all this to me. He first helped me through the administrative appeal, and when that was not successful, he filed a lawsuit in federal court. What I admire so much about Alex is his honesty through all of this. He explained from the outset that this is going to be an uphill battle. He predicted the denial of the administrative appeal and said that the only place we had a chance of gaining ground is in a federal court. Another thing I really like about Alex is that he shares all of his work product with me. This is why I am able to understand everything that is going on. Everything he files with the court, he shares with me. If I don’t understand something, he explains it well to me. I really feel like a have a champion on my side with Alex as my attorney.” – Client