Additional Options

We encourage you to contact us to begin exploring your immigration options.

Additional Options

We encourage you to contact us to begin exploring your immigration options.

Chin & Curtis attorneys can guide individuals who may qualify for a variety of nonimmigrant, immigrant, and other special options. These options include:

F-1 Student Reinstatement Request:

The United States is home to a large variety of top universities and colleges, and students from around the globe come here to study. Maintaining student status can be tricky, and it is easy to fall out of status inadvertently. We assist students who are applying for reinstatement to F-1 student status.

Change of Status Applications:

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options are tied together in complex ways. If you are seeking to change or extend your nonimmigrant status, we provide consultations and full representation if warranted.

Expedited Processes:

We assist you with requests to expedite the adjudication of your application or petition. USCIS reviews all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis, and requests are granted at the discretion of the agency. We help to establish that one or more of the expedite criteria have been met.

U & T Visas for Those Who Are Victims of Crimes:

Nonimmigrant status provides immigration protection to victims of trafficking and certain crime victims. The T visa allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases. U nonimmigrant status provides immigration protection to crime victims who have suffered mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime. The U visa allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.

Immigrant Relief for Survivors of Domestic Violence:

As a battered spouse, child or parent, one may file an immigrant visa petition under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA provisions allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (green card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser’s knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS):

The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent that country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries) who are already in the United States.

Asylum:

Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. If you are eligible for asylum, you must file within one year of arriving in the United States or qualify for a limited exception to this rule.

Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ):

If you are in the United States and need the protection of a juvenile court because you have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, you may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. If SIJ classification is granted, you may qualify for lawful permanent residency (also known as getting a green card).

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

Widow/Widower Assistance:

We keep immigrant petitions alive even after the death of a loved one. We help you prove that you were legally married to the citizen, and that you entered the marriage in good faith and not solely to obtain an immigration benefit.

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