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Fairfield County Family Immigration Lawyer

Attorney for Family-Based Visas, Green Cards, Citizenship, and Deportation and Removal Defense in Stamford, CT

Many individuals from throughout the world aspire to come to America. At Gonzalez Law Office, LLC, our mission is to make the dreams of intending immigrants a reality. We understand that the journey is long and difficult, with seemingly endless requirements and countless hurdles to clear. We are here to provide skilled legal guidance, support, and encouragement throughout each step of the process.

For over 15 years, Attorney Hector Gonzalez has helped clients with all types of family immigration issues in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY. Attorney Gonzalez has in-depth knowledge of the visa process for family-based visas and other types of green cards. He has also helped numerous clients with issues such as adjustment of status, visa denial assistance, waivers of inadmissibility, deportation and removal defense, citizenship and naturalization, and those seeking asylum.

Immediate Relative Visas
Family Preference Visas
K Visas
Green Cards

Deportation and Removal Defense

If you or a family member has received a Notice to Appear (NTA) for a removal hearing, it can be a frightening experience. Non-U.S. citizens may face deportation for a number of reasons, including unlawful presence in the United States, overstaying a visa, and certain criminal convictions. Receiving a NTA does not automatically mean you will be deported, however. Some of these notices are bureaucratic errors or are based on minor legal technicalities. In other cases, the respondent may qualify for a waiver of inadmissibility, asylum, or another form of relief.

The Visa Process

Key Steps for the Sponsor

The family-based visa application and approval process is extensive and involves numerous steps that must be taken and requirements that must be fulfilled, all in a particular order. The process is initiated when the U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (LPR) sponsor files a petition along with supporting documents to the USCIS. If the petition is initially approved, the case is forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing.

Key Steps for the Family-Based Visa Beneficiary

After the petition is approved, the beneficiary must wait for a visa to become available. If the petition was in the immediate relative category, a visa is available immediately. For beneficiaries in the family preference category, the wait time may be up to several years or longer. Most family-based visa beneficiaries are living abroad. In such cases, the beneficiary is contacted by the local consulate with forms and instructions regarding requirements and interview scheduling.

Step 1: Sponsor Files a Petition
Step 2: USCIS Approves or Denies the Petition
Step 3: Upon Approval, Beneficiary Waits for Visa to Become Available (for Family Preference visas)
Step 4: Beneficiary Submits Immigration Visa Application and Fulfills Requirements
Step 5: Beneficiary Attends Final In-Person Interview

Frequently Asked Questions

The immigration process is complex, confusing, and intimidating. Intending immigrants and their sponsors often have questions about various aspects of the process. Attorney Gonzalez answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding family-based immigration and related issues.

How long does it take to get a family-based immigrant visa approved?

This depends on the category to which you are applying. In the Immediate Relative (IR) category, there are an unlimited number of visas available. This means that processing can begin immediately upon approval of the initial petition. From start to finish, IR visas typically take from six to nine months or longer, depending on the circumstances. In the Family Preference category, there are annual numerical limits, and applicants may have to wait several years for a visa to become available.

Who is eligible to sponsor a family-based visa petition?

Sponsors must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who are at least 21 years of age or older. Sponsors must also have domicile in the United States or a U.S. territory. If a sponsor lives abroad, they must show proof that their residence abroad is temporary, and their permanent domicile is in the U.S. Sponsors must prove their family relationship with the applicant/beneficiary and meet certain financial requirements as well.

What is the difference between citizenship and naturalization?

There are two general types of U.S. citizens; citizens by birth and naturalized citizens. Those who were born in the United States and born to U.S. citizens abroad receive automatic citizenship. All others obtain citizenship through what is known as the naturalization process. In general, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) can apply for naturalization if they have maintained continuous residence in the U.S. for three or five years, depending on the circumstances.

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Lead CounselMr. Hector Gonzalez-Velez is an attorney concentrating in immigration and nationality law. He is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and the State of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Connecticut State Bar, the Wisconsin State Bar, the Fairfield County Bar Association, and the AILA National and AILA Connecticut chapter. Attorney Gonzalez-Velez's interest and passion providing legal assistance to immigrants arises from his immigrant background. His ancestors immigrated from the Canary Islands, Spain in the 1800s. Now, as a fourth generation immigrant to the United States, Attorney Gonzalez-Velez passionately assists immigrants in the states of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey with various immigration matters. He practices almost exclusively immigration law, emphasizing defense in court, family-based immigration, naturalization, and consular processing. Attorney Gonzalez-Velez speaks, reads, and writes Spanish fluently.



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