Immigration Lawyer in Altamonte Springs, FL
If you are looking for an immigration attorney in Altamonte Springs, contact our office. We have a passion for helping immigrants through what can often be a difficult and complex process. We will help you with immigration cases with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration Court (EOIR).
We Will Defend You in Deportation Cases
It is stressful and traumatic to be threatened with deportation from the United States. We will provide you an honest and competent representation.
Family-Based Immigration and Naturalization
Our immigration lawyers in Orlando assist individuals and families with the application and immigration and naturalization process. We can help you with:
- Investor Visas
- E Visas
- Marriage-Based Permanent Residency
- Fiancée Visas (K-1)
- Petitions Based on Family Relationships including Consular Processing
- I-751 Petitions
- Marriage after Being Placed in Removal Proceedings or While in Custody
The Department of Homeland Security, which replaced the Immigration and Naturalization Service, enforces immigration laws and provides benefits on aliens.
Every year, the federal government conducts a Diversity Visa Lottery. The lottery grants citizens of other countries legal entry into the United States. However, only those from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States are eligible to apply.
Presently, visas in the United States can be broadly separated into two categories: one for people seeking to live in the US (immigrant visas), and the other for people coming for limited durations (non-immigrant visas). The former visa has per-country caps, and the latter does not. Most non-immigrant visas are for work purposes and usually require an offer of employment from a business based in the United States. Other categories include student, family, and tourist visas. Each visa category is further divided into numerous subcategories; the large number of specific categories has been recommended as a main area for comprehensive immigration reform.
The United States allows more than one million aliens to become legal permanent residents every year, which is more than any other country in the world. The United States also issues more visas than any country in the world.
Immigrants can be classified as illegal for one of three reasons: entering without authorization or inspection, staying beyond the authorized period after legal entry, or violating the terms of legal entry.
Section 1325 in Title 8 of the United States Code, “Improper entry of alien,” provides for a fine, imprisonment, or both for any immigrant who:
- Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration agents
- Eludes examination or inspection by immigration agents
- Attempts to enter or obtain entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact
The maximum prison term is six months for the first offense and two years for any subsequent offense. In addition to the above criminal fines and penalties, civil fines may also be imposed.
Deportations of immigrants, which are also referred to as removals, may be issued when immigrants are found to violate the United States immigration laws. Deportations may be imposed on a person who is neither native-born nor a naturalized citizen of the United States. Deportation proceedings are also referred to as removal proceedings and are typically initiated by the Department of Homeland Security. The United States issues deportations for various reasons, including security, protection of resources, and protection of jobs.
Contact Torres Law today for service from an immigration lawyer in Altamonte Springs. Our attorneys are available to work with clients throughout Central Florida.