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 Killeen–Temple 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.
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.
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:
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.
Over the years, we’ve found that there are a handful of very common, yet very important questions people have regarding immigration attorneys. Here are answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions.
The approval of an I-130 petition means that the family relationship has been established and acknowledged by USCIS. For example, if you have petitioned a child, an approval means that USCIS has acknowledged that the person you filed for qualifies as your child under the law. The meaning of “child” can include not only biological children but sometimes stepchildren and adopted minors.
If you have petitioned your spouse, an approval of your I-130 petition indicates that USCIS has both acknowledged that your marriage is legal and that your relationship is genuine.
Permanent residents qualify to file I-130 petitions for:
U.S. citizens qualify to file I-130 petitions for:
All immigrants must prove that they are “admissible.” This means, for example, that those with certain types of criminal convictions in their past may not qualify or may need a waiver. The same is true for those with past violations of immigration law.
It is important to know whether your family member will qualify to receive residency before filing an I-130 petition. An experienced immigration attorney can advise you as to whether your loved one will ultimately be able to receive a benefit before you file the case.
A qualified immigration attorney can help you predict how long the entire process could take and can advise you as to whether your immigrant family member can ask for residency immediately or whether they must wait until their date becomes current in the visa bulletin. Another factor that affects the processing time is whether the immigrant will have their interview at a consulate outside the U.S. or whether they will be interviewed locally inside the U.S. Only certain immigrants are eligible to use an approved I-130 petition to seek adjustment of status in the U.S.
The most common examples relate to immigrants who last entered the U.S. illegally without inspection. Most immigrants who enter without inspection do not qualify to attend their green card interview in the United States. Instead, they must leave the U.S. and go back to their country for an interview at a U.S. consulate abroad. But if someone has an I-130 petition that was filed on their behalf, on or before April 30, 2001, they may qualify to obtain residency and have a green card issued without ever having to leave the U.S.
Some immigrants can qualify under this law even though they weren’t directly petitioned. For example, some immigrants were children when a U.S. citizen’s aunt or uncle petitioned their parents. That immigrant child could also qualify for benefits under 245(i) through the petition filed by their aunt or uncle. Immigrants may also qualify for 245(i) benefits if they were sponsored by an employer on or before April 30, 2001.