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Copperas Cove Immigration Lawyer

Immigration Lawyer in Copperas Cove

Copperas Cove is the largest city in Coryell County and a part of the KilleenTemple-Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Copperas Cove is located on Interstate 14 and United States Highway 190 but also connects to Interstate 35.

The 2020 United States Census reported that Copperas Cove had a population of 37,041, and 61.1 percent of the population was white, 20.0 percent were Hispanic or Latino, 17.6 percent were Black or African American, and 14.9 percent were two or more races. The median gross rent in the city was $909, while the median value of owner-occupied housing units was $125,500.

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Copperas Cove Immigration Attorney

If you are currently in the midst of trying to figure out an immigration issue on your own, you should know that you do not have to handle these concerns by yourself. J. Sparks Law, PLLC, knows what needs to be done in these cases and will work to make sure that you are able to secure all of the benefits to which you are entitled.

Our firm works tirelessly to ensure that people are able to obtain the immigration benefits they are seeking, and we know how to help people overcome whatever obstacles that might arise. You can call (512) 877-7482 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Immigration Matters We Can Assist With

Immigration is not an area that is limited to a single concern, so people could be dealing with any number of possible issues. Some of the most common kinds of cases we handle include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment of Status — Applying for a Green Card or lawful permanent resident status while in the United States is known as an adjustment of status, and applicants can remain in the country even while their applications are being processed and visas expire before approval. When people apply from outside the United States, the process is called consular processing and is handled at a United States consulate or embassy. While some adjustment of status cases can see resolutions within one year, most cases take two years, and people can also be required to pay up to $1,225 in fees, although some refugees could get their filing fees waived. It will also be important for a person to be sure they are working with an attorney to compile all of the required initial evidence that will be required in these cases.
  • Removal of Conditions — Any conditional permanent resident who obtained their status through marriage to a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, to request that conditions on their residence be removed. Conditional Green Cards are only valid for two years, and a person who does not remove the conditions could be at risk of an unlawful presence that may lead to removal proceedings and a person being barred from reentry. People should generally seek removal of conditions before the 90-day period in which their Green Card will expire. Form I-751 can only be submitted by mail, so there is no online option available in these cases. It will be beneficial to work with a lawyer in these cases because applicants need to be sure that they include all of the required initial evidence, as many applications are rejected for failure to do this.
  • Green Card Renewal — Not all Green Cards necessarily contain expiration dates, but most Green Cards now have them. Green Cards need to be renewed in a wide variety of situations, including Green Cards expiring, Green Cards being lost, mutilated, or destroyed, and Green Cards containing incorrect information. When people are seeking to renew their Green Cards, the process could only take a month or two to complete, although in some cases may take up to one year. People also have to pay a $455 filing fee and an $85 biometrics fee. People should file for renewal as soon as possible upon returning to the United States when their Green Card will expire within six months. When Green Cards have already expired, people must contact the nearest United States consulate, international USCIS field office, or United States port of entry. 
  • Fiancé Visas — When a person wants to bring their foreign fiancé(e) to the United States to marry, they will have to file a Form I-129F, Petition For Alien Fiancé(e). This will allow the fiancé(e) to obtain a K-1 nonimmigrant visa. A person and their fiancé(e) must intend to marry within 90 days of a fiancé(e) entering the United States as a K-1 nonimmigrant, and all marriages must be valid, meaning that both parties have a bona fide intent to establish a life together and the marriage is not strictly for obtaining immigration benefits.
  • U Visas and T Visas — Both U visas and T visas are immigration benefits for people who express a willingness to work with law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of certain kinds of criminal activity. Whereas the T visa relates specifically to human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking and labor trafficking, the U nonimmigrant status or U visa helps victims of other kinds of crimes involving mental or physical abuse. 
  • Citizenship — People who want to become United States citizens must be at least 18 years of age and committed to the principles of the United States Constitution. Children are also able to obtain certificates of citizenship if they are younger than 18 years of age, are in the custody of one United States parent, already hold permanent residency and reside in the United States, and have already had a full adoption if they were adopted. Proving residency and continuous physical presence can be challenging, so an attorney is recommended. A person who wants to file for citizenship must submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, to USCIS. The process will involve a $640 filing fee, and $85 biometrics fee, and a lengthy list of required initial evidence. It is important to understand that USCIS does have several exceptions and modifications for the applications. 
  • Advance Parole — Advance parole is a kind of document that allows immigrants to re-enter the United States when they travel abroad but do not have an immigrant visa or nonimmigrant visa. Advance parole will be beneficial for immigrants who have applications for adjustment of status still pending, were admitted as refugees or granted asylum, have been granted benefits under the Family Unity Program, were granted Temporary Protected Status, or have an asylum application pending.
  • Employment Authorization — The employment authorization document (EAD) is better known simply as a work permit. People generally must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to receive an EAD, but people will want to work with a lawyer because there can be situations in which certain people may need to submit additional evidence not required with other applications.
  • Waivers of Inadmissibility — People who are determined to be inadmissible to the United States often have the right to file a waiver in these cases. Different forms may need to be filed in these cases, so anybody who needs assistance filing a waiver of inadmissibility will want to retain legal counsel to ensure they are handling things properly.
  • Waivers of Unlawful Presence — Unlawful presence waivers allow people to remain in the United States during the Green Card application process, even when they are here unlawfully or overstayed their visa. Whereas most undocumented immigrants must leave the country to apply for permanent residency, a waiver of unlawful presence could allow a person to remain in the country.

Contact Our Experienced Immigration Lawyer in Copperas Cove

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 Copperas Cove immigration lawyer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

When someone wants to directly help a family member gain legal status in the U.S., the first step is the filing of an I-130 petition.  Residency, which is the legal status that green card holders have, can only be considered and approved after an I-130 has been approved.

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.

The person filing the petition must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR).  U.S. citizens qualify to petition more types of relatives than permanent residents.

Permanent residents qualify to file I-130 petitions for:

  • Spouses
  • Children of any age, as long as the child is unmarried

U.S. citizens qualify to file I-130 petitions for:

  • Spouses
  • Children of any age, whether married or unmarried
  • Parents
  • Siblings

The immigrant being petitioned must apply on their own for residency in order to obtain a green card.  That residency application cannot be approved without presenting an approved I-130 petition filed by the immigrant’s LPR or U.S. citizen relative.   Once the I-130 is approved, the immigrant may be granted a green card by applying for an immigrant visa from a consulate outside the U.S. or by filing for adjustment of status in the U.S.

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.

The question is far more complex than many realize.  First, everyone must wait for USCIS to process the petition.  USCIS posts its current processing times on its website.  But in addition to that normal processing time, some people must wait years after filing their I-130 petition before they can actually ask for residency.  Others, who are considered “immediate relatives,” do not have to wait in a long line and their process typically moves much faster. “Immediate relatives” are spouses of U.S. citizens, unmarried children (who are under 21) of U.S. citizens, and parents of U.S. citizens age 21 or older.  Many immediate relatives already in the U.S. choose to file the I-130 petition and the residency application at the same time.

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.

A 245(i) family-based petition is simply an I-130 petition that was filed on or before April 30, 2001.  “245(i)” is simply the name of the section of law that allows certain immigrants who would not other qualify to still get their residency if they pay a $1,000 fee.

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.

Typically, those who live in another country outside of the U.S. will have their residency interview in their country of citizenship.  For those immigrants already in the U.S., some qualify to apply for adjustment of status and have their green card interviews at their local USCIS office.  For others in the U.S., returning to their home country is the only option.

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