If you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you may be unsure of where to turn given current U.S. immigration policy. That’s understandable, and it’s the reason why you should turn to Silver Law Firm. Our Bay Area immigration attorneys can guide you through protecting your current immigration status while obtaining your green card.
Are You a DACA Recipient?
For those with DACA status, it is difficult to move to permanent legal resident status – also known as having a green card. If you are a DACA recipient and received your DACA status before your 18th birthday, it may be possible to petition for a green card through the I-130 process if you have a qualifying relative (spouse, parent, or sibling) who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
If you did not receive DACA status until you were 18 or older, then directly applying for a green card means being barred from the U.S. for several years. Instead, you must take certain actions to waive your “unlawful presence.” This path typically requires marriage to a U.S. citizen and having legal entry into the U.S. using an I-131 Travel Document.
Prior to attempting to travel outside of the U.S., it is critical to consult with a Bay Area immigration attorney. Silver Law Firm can advise you regarding whether or not you can safely travel outside of the county and be assured re-entry.
Do You Have TPS Status?
If you have TPS status, then there are a few routes you can take to obtaining a green card and becoming a lawful permanent resident. If you marry a U.S. citizen, your spouse can sponsor you through the I-130 process. Your U.S. employer could also sponsor you, you could be granted asylum, or you could receive a green card through a visa lottery.
If you have TPS status and are seeking lawful permanent residence in the U.S., you should first consult with Silver Law Firm’s immigration attorneys. They are standing by, ready to help you achieve your dreams and create your future.