Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - now accepting applications in Bakersfield
The Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals is an immigration policy promulgated by the current administration and potentially affecting upwards of 1.7 million undocumented immigrants under the age of 31, who have attended school in the U.S. As of August 15, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began to accept applications for deferred action, which, if successful, would confer upon the young adults a right to work legally in the country and shield them from being deported.
You may request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals if you:
- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
- Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
If you meet the above criteria, call us for an appointment to get your application filed. We have several packages available, including an economy discounted package for those on a budget. For more information, click here.
Green Cards & Citizenship
In general, to become a Legal Permanent Resident, or in other words a green card holder, you must be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa. That means a foreign citizen must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen relative(s), U.S. lawful permanent resident, or by a prospective employer, and be the beneficiary of an approved petition filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored
Asylum / Refugee
Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Visas - Immigrant
For travel to live permanently in the U.S
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States (U.S.) generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport. Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. Contact us to determine what visa is best for you.
Nonimmigrant visas – For travel to the U.S. on a temporary basis.
Deportation & Removal
Removal Proceedingsare civil proceedings during which the immigration judge decided whether a non-citizen is inadmissible to or deportable from the U.S. Lawful permanent residents of the United States may be placed in immigration proceedings due to certain criminal convictions that leave them inadmissible or deportable from the United States.
Cancellation of removal is a form of immigration relief available to individuals who have been placed in removal proceedings before the United States Executive Office for Immigration Review.
An illegal immigrant can apply for Cancellation of Removal if he or she meets the following requirements:
• Applicant must have been present in the U.S. for at least ten years
• Applicant has good moral character
• Applicant must have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, child or parent who would suffer from the applicant’s removal
We provide assistance with all aspects of removal proceedings:
Law Offices of Edyta-Christina G. Grant