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Belton TX Immigration Lawyer

Immigration Lawyer in Belton, TX

If Waco is the midway point between Austin and Dallas, then Belton is the midway point between Waco and Austin. Belton technically falls into the KilleenTemple Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which the Texas Demographic Center shows saw an overall immigration rate of 20.49 per 1,000 residents, the sixth highest rate in the state.

Belton is the county seat of Bell County, and the 2020 United States Census reported that the city had 23,845 residents. According to the Census, 69.7 percent of the Belton population is white, 29.2 percent is Hispanic or Latino, 8.7 percent is Black or African American, and 13.4 percent are two or more races.

Belton, Texas, United States - October 14, 2022: The old Central Avenue business district

Belton Immigration Attorney

When any person is struggling with an immigration-related issue in Belton, it will be important for them to be sure they have legal representation. J. Sparks Law, PLLC, has handled scores of immigration cases all over Texas and knows what needs to be done in these cases to help people get the types of benefits they are seeking.

Our firm is incredibly passionate about helping people from all over the world earn the right to live and work in the United States. Call (512) 877-7482 or contact us online to get a free consultation.

Common Immigration Concerns We Can Address

People in the Belton area could be dealing with a wide range of possible immigration issues, and J. Sparks Law, PLLC, assists clients with every single one of them. Some of the types of cases we handle most frequently include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment of Status — Any immigrant who is seeking a Green Card or lawful permanent resident status while in the United States will go through the adjustment of status process, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rejects a significant number of these applications for basic errors. People will want to be sure they are working with an experienced lawyer because there can be significant delays in the handling of these cases depending on the current USCIS caseload. People will have to prepare for biometrics appointments and adjustment of status interviews. There are also as much as $1,225 in filing fees, but some refugees may get their filing fees waived. One major concern will be the required initial evidence, and people will want to be sure that they have an attorney who can ensure everything needed is included.
  • Removal of Conditions — People who marry United States citizens or lawful permanent residents get a conditional permanent resident status that is only valid for two years, and these people must submit a Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, to seek removal of their conditions and get a Green Card that will be valid for ten years. A person can apply as long as they are still married to their United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident spouse, although there are exceptions provided for widows or widowers of marriages entered into in good faith, marriages entered into in good faith that ended in divorce or annulment, or marriages entered into in good faith but involved battery or extreme hardship by United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident spouses. 
  • Green Card Renewal — When a Green Card has already expired or is about to expire, then a person is going to want to seek a renewal. It is important to note that not all Green Cards have expiration dates. In general, many Green Cards will expire ten years from issuance. It is often recommended that people take renewal actions when their Green Cards will expire in six months. A person may be able to renew their Green Card in only a few months, but certain cases may take as much as one year, and people also have to pay a $455 filing fee and $85 biometrics fee. If a Green Card has already expired, then a person must contact the nearest United States consulate, international USCIS field office, or United States port of entry. It is, again, beneficial to work with an attorney in these cases in case USCIS has any issues requiring additional work.
  • Fiancé Visas — It is not uncommon for a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident to have a foreign fiancé(e) they want to marry, and people who have a foreign fiancé(e) will want to file Form I-129F, Petition For Alien Fiancé(e), to seek a K-1 nonimmigrant visa. The K-1 visa is also known as the fiancé(e) visa, and both parties will have to prove that they really intend to create a life together and that their marriage will not be some ploy to obtain immigration benefits.
  • U Visas and T Visas — The U visa and T visa are intended to help people who are victims of certain crimes gain a visa status. These visas are usually awarded to the people who help law enforcement or government officials investigate or prosecute certain types of criminal activity. The U visa requires greater cooperation with law enforcement, and eligibility is granted to people who are the victims of qualifying criminal activity that involves substantial physical or mental abuse. T nonimmigrant status relates to victims of human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking. 
  • Citizenship — Applying for citizenship generally means that an applicant must have had a permanent resident card for at least five years (or at least three years if they are filing as the spouse of a United States citizen). A Green Card will expire in six months or has already expired, and the applicant is at least 18 years of age at the time they file their application, have continuous residence and physical presence in the United States, be able to read, write, and speak basic English, demonstrate good moral character, demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of United States history and government, demonstrate loyalty to the principles of the United States Constitution, and be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance. Filing for citizenship involves filing a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. People must pay a $640 filing fee and $85 biometrics fee, as well as submit a long list of required initial evidence. 
  • Advance Parole — While the name advance parole indicates some kind of criminal activity, the phrase really just relates to USCIS granting permission ahead of time for a person to re-enter the United States. Advance parole is a travel document issued by USCIS on Form I-512L allowing certain noncitizens inside the United States to depart and seek reentry to the country after temporary travel abroad. 
  • Employment Authorization — The employment authorization document (EAD) is a simple card containing an immigrant’s name, birthdate, sex, immigrant category, country of birth, photo, and immigrant registration number, among other information. People must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to obtain an EAD.
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility — When a person is deemed to be inadmissible to the United States, they could have the ability to apply for a waiver in these cases. It is important to understand that there are many different grounds for inadmissibility, so a person will want to work with an attorney who can make sure they have a basis for challenging the grounds of inadmissibility.
  • Waivers of Unlawful Presence — People who enter the United States on a visa and overstay the visa can begin accruing an unlawful presence, and longer terms of unlawful presence can lead to a person being inadmissible to the United States for several years. An unlawful presence waiver will allow a person to remain in the country.

Contact Our Experienced Immigration Lawyer in Belton, TX

Are you currently in the midst of some kind of immigration issue in Texas that is jeopardizing your ability to work and reside in the state? You will want to be sure you speak with J. Sparks Law, PLLC, as soon as possible because our firm will know how to get you the relief you need.

We have experience helping people who came to Texas from countries all over the world, so we understand the unique issues that can arise in many of these cases. You can call (512) 877-7482 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation with our Belton, TX immigration lawyer.

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