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Immigration Lawyers in San Antonio, Texas

If you dream of moving, living, or working in the U.S., it is important to understand that in recent years, the U.S. government has made immigration more difficult, visa processing has come under greater scrutiny, and more individuals are seeing delays. The government has also greatly increased its efforts to remove noncitizens from the country in in deportation proceedings that are now called removal.   Now, more than ever, it is important to have your paperwork in order and to file for your visa using the appropriate channels and processes. If you or a loved one receives a Notice to Appear in a removal proceeding, attorney representation may increase your chances of remaining in the country.   J. Joseph Cohen is an immigration lawyer in San Antonio, Texas who will work closely with individuals and families to help them protect their immigration dreams.

There are two major categories of visas for coming to the United States.  A visa will either be a nonimmigrant visa or an immigrant visa.  The nonimmigrant visa generally does not lead to permanent residency or a green card while the immigrant visa leads to permanent residency including a green card. Within these classifications, visas are often related to relatives located in the U.S., for personal reasons, being a victim of crime or abuse, school, investment, employment, tourism, or law enforcement. You may also enter the green card lottery and possibly come to the U.S. on a diversity visa.

Whether you’re looking to work in the United States on an employment visa, want to seek asylum in the U.S., would like to help a loved one get a family visa or marriage visa, or need help getting your green card and becoming a lawful permanent resident, J. Joseph Cohen is an immigration lawyer in San Antonio, Texas who can help you navigate the complexities of the U.S. immigration system. Different immigration and visa types require different processes. For example, getting an employment visa will depend on your home country, whether it is protected under NAFTA, and in what industry you plan to work in the U.S. Many work visas require that you have a job offer in the U.S. Family visas usually require you to undergo interviews with immigration officers to prove the legitimacy of your relationship. Regardless of the type of visa you are seeking, it can be helpful to have an immigration lawyer San Antonio, Texas on your side. J. Joseph Cohen is an immigration attorney who will work closely with individuals in a range of situations, helping them achieve their dreams of coming to the U.S.

“The body of immigration law is a complex maze of statutes, regulations, case law, and agency decisions. I bring a unique perspective to the practice of immigration law with years of legal and government experience.”

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Green Card and Citizenship Lawyer in San Antonio, Texas

Holding a green card as a lawful permanent resident is considered a major step on the path toward citizenship and affords more protection than a visa. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services identifies several categories that make a person eligible for a green card. What are these categories? They include:

  •  Spouses of U.S. citizens, certain other family members of U.S. citizens, a fiancé of the U.S. citizen, or certain family members of a U.S. permanent resident.
  •  Employment and investors
  • Workers with exceptional abilities, such as researchers, or persons who excel in the sciences or the arts.
  • Refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Human trafficking or crime victims.
  • Continuous U.S. residence since 1972.
  • Green card lottery

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Lawful Permanent Residents

Lawful permanent residents holding a green card are permitted to work in the U.S. and are permitted to enjoy many of the protections of U.S. law. Green card holders are required to abide by U.S. law and are required to file tax returns. Individuals with green cards may qualify for citizenship. The citizenship process involves meeting all requirements for naturalization including an interview and taking an oath of allegiance to the U.S. when your application is approved. If you are thinking about applying for a green card or applying for U.S. citizenship, it can be helpful to have the expertise of an immigration lawyer on your side. J. Joseph Cohen is an immigration lawyer in San Antonio, Texas who can help you apply for your green card or for U.S. citizenship.

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Facing Removal or Deportation in San Antonio, Texas?

Joseph Cohen is a deportation lawyer in San Antonio, Texas who will work closely with individuals and families facing deportation that is now also known as removal. If you are facing removal or deportation, you have certain rights under the law and are entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. J. Joseph Cohen is a deportation attorney in San Antonio, Texas who may be able to help you.

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Deportation can begin with an arrest.

Removal or deportation can begin with an arrest or being detained either by local or federal law enforcement such as the U.S. Border Patrol or ICE. Some individuals, such as those at the border, are subject to expedited removal, but many more individuals are entitled to a fair hearing. During removal proceedings, individuals are given court dates. Between arrest and the first court date, some persons are detained. However, detained individuals are entitled to a bond hearing to determine if they are eligible to be released if the immigration judge finds that they are not a danger to the community and will appear at future hearings. The hearing to determine if a person will be removed is called the merits hearing.  At this hearing, individuals have the opportunity to show they are not subject to removal or deportation. During the court case, individuals can hire an immigration lawyer to help them argue their case and prevent removal. If the person is ordered to leave, they have the right to an appeals process.

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Facing deportation is stressful.

If you dream of living in the U.S., there remain many ways you can achieve your goals. However, removal or deportation can ruin those dreams.  Facing deportation can be very stressful. If you or a loved one is facing deportation in San Antonio, Texas, protect your rights. Contact J. Joseph Cohen, a deportation lawyer in San Antonio.

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I bring a unique perspective to the practice of immigration law with years of legal, government and overseas experience. 

  • Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law Studies
  • Court appointed immigration attorney for criminal cases
  • 2019 immigration speaker for National Business Institute
  • 2019 immigration speaker at the San Antonio Bar Association
  • Treasurer of the Immigration & Nationality Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association

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