DEFENSA DE DEPORTATION/CORTE DE INMIGRACION
We defend immigrants who are in deportation court proceedings throughout the United States, but especially in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles. We are experts at analyzing the legal issues involved in complex immigration court cases, and we fight to keep our clients in the U.S.
We seek to resolve immigration court matters as skillfully as possible. We are very aware that deportation proceedings can be a very stressful time and we will do our very best to calm your nerves and defend you from deportation.
U-VISAS (VICTIMS OF CRIMES)
VAWA (VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT)
VISAS U Y LEY DE VAWA
IF YOU HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF A CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES, AND HAVE SUFFERED MENTAL OR PHYSICAL ABUSE BASED ON THAT CRIME, AND ARE/WERE HELPFUL TO THE POLICE, PROSECUTOR, OR COURT IN THE INVESTIGATION OR PROSECUTION OF THE CRIME, YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A U-VISA.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CRIMES:
OTHER RELATED CRIMES
PLEASE CALL US AND WE CAN ANALYZE YOUR ELIGIBILTY FOR A U-VISA, WORK PERMIT, AND EVENTUALLY PERMANENT RESIDENCY
FAMILY-BASED GREEN CARDS
RESIDENCIA PERMANENTE POR PETICIONES FAMILIARES
Is your spouse, fiance, child, parent, or sibling trying to join you in the United States? Assisting your family members in gaining the right approvals to enter the United States, or to get permanent residency from inside the United States, can be a challenge, and every case is different. Put your family member's immigration case in our capable hands.
U.S. CITIZENSHIP & NATURALIZATION
CIUDADANIA AMERICANA Y NATURALIZACION
Becoming a citizen of the United States is the dream for many people around the world. There are strict, often complex requirements, so not everyone is eligible to become a naturalized United States citizen. Additionally, many people born outside the U.S. are actually U.S. citizens by birth, but don't even realize it. The process of changing from lawful permanent resident to U.S. citizen is much more involved than just filling out a form. The USCIS will review your entire immigration history, including how you obtained your permanent residency, to ensure that you obtained it lawfully. USCIS will also schedule you for an in-person interview and ask you a lot of questions about your everyday life, including, but not limited to, whether you have a criminal history, how you obtained your residency, or whether you owe overdue taxes, child support, or have extensive overseas travel. It is important to approach U.S. citizenship/naturalization with the utmost care because, depending on your facts and circumstances, not only could your application be denied, but you could be placed in removal/deportation proceedings. We do not recommend that you prepare or file your application by yourself, and certainly you should not attend your interview without a competent lawyer by your side.
IMMIGRATION (USCIS) INTERVIEWS
INTREVISTAS DE INMIGRACION
USCIS interviews can be confrontational, uncomfortable, and nerve-wracking. We have attended over 4,000 in-person immigration interviews, and have represented thousands of married couples in visa petition and green card interviews based on marriage. We have represented parents, children, and siblings, as well. Do not attend your upcoming interview by yourself; hire the experts to accompany you.
U.S. asylum law is very complex. If you fled your home country because you were persecuted on account of your race, religion, ethnicity, political opinion, or particular social group (gender, sexual orientation, profession, and many others), please contact us. We do not recommend preparing your asylum application or attending your interview or court hearing by yourself. Leave your case in our capable and experienced hands.
DACA (DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS)
You can file for DACA 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;
Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, meaning that:
You never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012, or
Any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had 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, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
Importantly, however, whether your criminal conviction is considered a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or an "other" misdemeanor often requires a thorough legal analysis. Let us analyze your DACA eligibility for you.
Legal matters can be intimidating and complicated, which is why it’s crucial to take an informed approach. Appeals are extremely difficult to win, and therefore you should not trust the preparation of your appeal to anyone but us.
ADVISE CRIMINAL DEFENSE COUNSEL ON HOW TO OBTAIN IMMIGRATION-SAFE PLEA AGREEMENTS
The intersection of criminal and immigration law has never been more important. Criminal convictions can trigger mandatory or permissive deportation. Similarly, a criminal defendant’s immigration status can trigger an immigration hold (ICE detainer), which itself can undercut many critical criminal sentences, such release on parole or probation or alcohol/drug/domestic violence treatment programs. Accordingly, criminal and immigration counsel must work very closely together to minimize or altogether avoid the harsh immigration consequences of California criminal convictions. Mr. Clason frequently advises criminal counsel on how to avoid these immigration consequences, and has provided training to the Fresno County Public Defender's Office.