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Lawful Immigration is an action that requires decisiveness and high integrity. Although the laws are complex, you shouldn’t carry the burden of needing to know everything involved. We take responsibility for awareness and advocacy. We educate you and ensure we set the right foundation in place. Some of the greatest success stories in the U.S. started with a person contacting an immigration lawyer.
Raleigh Immigration Lawyers is transparent and knows the facts. We take pride in its unwavering ethics and a relentless drive to achieve results for individuals, families, students, refugees, STEM, small businesses, startups, and global corporations.
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How should I try to get help with immigration issues?
Always contact an immigration lawyer if you want to speak to someone in person about an immigration problem. It’s important that you help early if you're not sure what to do. Taking advice from someone who isn't a professional could lead to further immigration issues and setbacks to reaching citizenship or naturalization.
If your situation is complicated, then an appointment should be made as soon as possible. Always know that attorney-client confidentiality is essential and we will always protect that as you get the help needed to resolve your immigration situation.
Make sure the attorney is in good standing and consider using an immigration lawyer in Raleigh. North Carolina is full of opportunity and great immigration resources. Consider reviewing information from the OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) if you need more advice before selecting a trusted lawyer.
How do I find an immigration lawyer?
Do you need to file a petition for a visa or green card? Are you trying to avoid deportation? Are you applying for some other immigration benefit? Making sure your lawyer will be on your side is an essential step. Department of Homeland Security guides immigration in the United States and a great immigration attorney in Raleigh can make all the difference to your case.
A background check on the immigration attorney can be done to make sure he or she is licensed and in good standing. Keep it simple and start by asking the lawyer first. If he or she has ever been subject to disciplinary action, it is essential to know. There should be no cost to perform a third-party background check. Most of the state bars will allow you to look up an attorney online by their name or bar number.
Always ask questions and make it necessary to align with the immigration lawyer’s style. It is also essential to make sure your needs match the lawyer’s expertise. We think you will find an immigration lawyer in Raleigh to be a great fit! Be sure to meet the attorney in person or over the phone before entering into a contract.
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What are the most important immigration questions to ask to finalize the decision?
- Do you have experience with immigration cases similar to mine?
- Why is an immigration lawyer in Fort Worth an advantage if I live in another city or state?
- Who else will help you with my case?
- How can I reach you and when (email/phone/appointment)?
- Do you have a list of client referrals that I may review?
Are you an immigration activist on social media?
Immigration in Professional Sports
Sports in general still feels like the “national pastime” despite the leanings of some millennials who may not be as “into” sports as past generations have been. Whether it is baseball season, basketball season, football season, or hockey season a large amount of focus is spent examining players. For their part, these big four sports have all increased the number of international athletes to their various team rosters. There are about 50 international players in the NFL, about 108 in the NBA, about 254 in MLB, and about 742 in the NHL.
While the numbers may be small, some of these players represent the very best that their leagues have to offer. Over the years there have been Super Bowl champions, World Series winners, NBA champions, league MVP’s, and the list goes on. Many types of examples are probably in every city with pro and college teams across this great nation of ours. Do you think that any of the fans of those teams are at all concerned about the immigration status of the players that they and their kid's love, root for, wear their jersey’s, and pay hard earned cash to see them play? I doubt it. Seriously.
Why is an individual’s “immigration status” such an issue?
Some would argue that there is an automatic assumption for pro-athletes. They have gone through the proper steps, have been vetted and cleared, and are here legally. That’s fine, but I would say that for the fans who love these player’s they probably wouldn’t care if the players were on some government watch list; if they score touchdowns, drain 3-pointers, hit home runs, steal bases, get strikeouts or anything else to help “their” teams win, then “immigration status” be damned.
I chose to highlight the big four sports just for the sake of expediency, but once you add in MLS, MMA, and individual sports that we begin to realize how much of an impact international athletes contribute to the overall fabric of sports and their contribution to making sports as well as the business of sports a global powerhouse.
There is also an inherently disgusting area in which immigration law is probably the farthest thing from a patrons mind. Do not assume that the folks here legally have been thoroughly vetted and that proper steps have been taken to ensure administrate rules were followed to get here.
This dark side of immigration may hit close to home so I’ll spare the disgusting and sordid details. Reports suggest that there are between 14,000 - 19,000 foreign nationals who are unlawfully trafficked into the United States each year. While the exact number that ends up in the U.S. sex trafficking industry may be hard to pin down, evidence suggests that a large number of them do.
FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, defines trafficking as “the recruitment and possible transport of persons within or across boundaries by force, fraud, or deception to exploit them economically.” The evidence also suggests that women and children are often the most exploited groups in these populations and to the extent, they are forced into the sex industry as they usually wind up working in strip clubs, forced into prostitution, or work in the porn industry.
It’s safe to say that the people who utilize the services of these poor and exploited souls are not asking to see proof of citizenship status before they do so, and is disgusting, dehumanizing hypocrisy.
I don’t profess to have the answers; I only call it as I see it. If the legal right of a person here can evoke such passions and responses from numbers of citizens across this country, the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades; then that same level of concern should be shown in every aspect of life and the reality we live in these days. Selective concern (or outrage) is the hallmark sign of hypocrisy, and this is why Raleigh Immigration Lawyers is here to make sure your voice is heard, and you get the solutions needed.
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Here are some of the most common U.S. Visa Types:
- Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only) type B-1 Visa
- Au pair (exchange visitor) type a J Visa
- Australian professional specialty type E-3 Visa
- Border Crossing Card: Mexico type BCC Visa
- Business visitor type B-1 Visa
- CNMI-only transitional worker type CW-1 Visa
- Crew member type D Visa
- Diplomat or foreign government official type A Visa
- Domestic employee or nanny - must be accompanying a foreign national employer type B-1 Visa
- An employee of a designated international organization or NATO type G1-G5, NATO Visa
- Exchange visitor type J Visa
- Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States type A-2 Visa
- Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics type O Visa
- Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional: type H-1B1 Visa
- International cultural exchange visitor type Q Visa
- Intra-company transferee type L Visa
- Medical treatment, visitor for type B-2 Visa
- Media, journalist-type I Visa
- NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, Canada type TN/TD Visa
- Performing athlete, artist, entertainer type P Visa
- Physician type J, H-1B Visa
- Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor) type J Visa
- Religious worker type R Visa
- Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge type H-1B Visa
- Student: academic, vocational type F, M Visa
- Temporary agricultural worker type H-2A Visa
- Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature type H-2B Visa
- Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitor type B-2 Visa
- Training in a program not primarily for employment type H-3 Visa
- Treaty trader/treaty investor type E Visa
- Transiting the United States type C Visa
- Victim of Criminal Activity type U Visa
- Victim of Human Trafficking type T Visa
- Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) type V Visa
- Spouse of a U.S. Citizen IR1, CR1 type Visa
- Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition type K-3 Visa
- Fiancé to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S. type K-1 Visa
- Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens type IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4 Visa
- Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens type IR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, and F4 Visa
- Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents type F2A, F2B Visa
- Employment-Based Immigrants, including (preference group): type E1 Visa
- Priority workers [First] type E2 Visa
- Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability [Second] type E2 Visa
- Professionals and Other Workers [Third] type E3, EW3 Visa
- Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth] type E3, EW3 Visa
- Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth] type C5, T5, R5, I5 Visa
- Religious Workers type SD, SR Visa
- Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters type SI Visa
- Iraqis who worked for/on behalf of the U.S. Government type SQ Visa
- Afghans who worked for/on behalf of the U.S. Government type SQ Visa
- Diversity Immigrant Visa type DV Visa
- Returning Resident type SB Visa
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