immigration law

Over one million immigrants come to the United States every year. They know America is the land of opportunity.They want to start living their American Dream.

Unfortunately, once they arrive, they begin to understand just how confusing and challenging the immigration process can be.

At Priale & Racine, PLLC, we want to help.

Our Virginia immigration attorneys are passionate about helping those who come to our country. We can help you navigate the immigration system and give you the best chance of becoming an American citizen. We will also inform you of all your legal options, and explain which one might be right for you.

If you are about to begin the immigration process, do not try to do it alone. We are here to help with your case.

Family-Based Immigration

If you are already a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and you want to bring your family over, you have options.

You can file an immigration petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once you file this petition, you become a sponsor for your family member. Your family member becomes the beneficiary.

There are many types of visa petitions for which you can apply. These include the I-130, I-485, K3, K1, and family-based green cards. We will explain all the options available to you, help you decide which one is best for your situation, and then assist with filing your petition.

Employment-Based immigration

Thousands of foreigners come to the United States every year to work. These individuals are artists, researchers, participants in cultural exchange programs, technology specialists, investors, scientists, and more.

Our attorneys understand the meaningful contribution these immigrants make to our society. We understand how important they are to our communities, and we want to help these workers through the immigration process.

Under the immigration system, there are a number of different employment categories. Each category has its own requirements.

We will explain what these are, including any conditions involved and how long you are authorized to remain in the country. We will also make sure you understand the importance of adhering to these guidelines. If you do not, you could be denied re-entry. In some cases, you may even be deported.

We are here to help with your immigration application or petition for admission and visa to ensure this does not happen.


Temporary & Permanent Workers

Workers coming to the United States may do so on a temporary or permanent basis. A temporary worker enters the country for a specific purpose and is here for a specified period of time only.

Once in the country, these individuals are restricted to the reason or activity for which their visa was issued. If they fail to abide by these requirements, such as working in another industry, they could face deportation.

A permanent worker is someone who is authorized to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. However, this does not automatically grant citizenship.

If you wish to become a permanent or temporary worker, or need help with the naturalization process, one of our Northern Virginia immigration lawyers can help.

Deportation Defense

Sometimes, the worst happens and you may face deportation. Maybe you were charged with a crime. Perhaps you are facing charges of being in the country illegally.

Many individuals do not understand there are defenses available to deportation. We can use these defenses to give you the best possible chance of staying in the country.

We can also help if your loved one is in jail on an ICE detainer, or if your loved one has been moved to an immigration detention facility.

We will also assist you and your family if you have been issued a Notice to Appear, and we can explain the grounds for dismissal that can keep you in the country.

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Naturalization and Citizenship

To apply for citizenship to the United States, you must be at least 18 years old. You must have also held a green card or been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years. When you are married or living with a U.S. citizen, this period is shortened to three years.

Sometimes, this residency is disputed. For example, if you left the country for six month or more, it could put your citizenship at risk.

Our immigration attorneys will rebut arguments that dispute your residency. We can help you provide evidence that you maintained your residence in the U.S., even if you left the country.

To become a resident, you will have to show you have a good, moral character. You will also have to be able to read, write, and speak basic English. Lastly, you will also have to prove your knowledge of U.S. history.

We will help with all aspects of your application for citizenship, and assist with every aspect of the naturalization process.

How Can I Contact Priale & Racine?

If you want to immigrate to the United States, become a citizen, or are facing deportation, do not navigate the complex immigration system on your own.

At Priale & Racine, PLLC, our immigration attorneys in Northern Virginia are here to help.

We will help with your case by fully explaining the immigration process, and what comes next in your case.

We will assist with filing any applications or petitions required, or build a solid defense that can help you remain in the country.

If you have an immigration issue, we want to get it resolved for you. Call us today at (703) 272-3922 or contact us online for your free consultation.

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If I Have an E-2 Visa, Can I Bring My Family With Me?

Yes, if you have an E-2 visa, you are allowed to bring your spouse with you, as well as any unmarried children who are under the age of twenty-one. They’ll be allowed to stay in the United States with you as long as your E-2 visa remains valid.

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