Our Immigration Law Firms in Texas

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Our Practice Areas

Family-Based
Immigration

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Herman Legal Group is ready to help you manage the immigration process, reduce the stress, and maximize your opportunity for success. Contact us with marriage immigration questions or family immigration questions today.

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Student
Visa

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In order to study in the United States, you must first go through the process of obtaining a U.S. student visa. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determines what type of visa you will need.

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Naturalization and
Citizenship

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Becoming a U.S. citizen – and therefore obtaining the right to legally reside in the United States, travel to and from the country, gain the right to vote, and be protected under the Constitution – can be a long and difficult process.

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Deportation, Exclusion
and Removal

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If you fear that you will be deported or if deportation and removal proceedings have already begun against you or a loved one, then it is important that you act quickly to find an experienced immigration lawyer to defend your case.

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Employment-Based
Immigration

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Whether you are an employee or an employer, we can investigate any claim, determine whether any laws were violated, and represent you in court. We understand what’s at stake for you personally and professionally and will strive to help you.

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Other Legal
Services

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Herman Legal Group main area of practice is not only limited to immigration services. We can also help you in other services and laws such as criminal defense, personal injury, divorce, business law, and employment law.

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Legal Immigration Help

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Many people think that legal immigration help only applies to those seeking to enter the country or to establish residency in the U.S. once here. This is not true. There is an entire need for legal help when one wants to seek citizenship, and in today’s heightened sensitivity environment to immigration, it’s a very good idea to have an immigration attorney on your side.

How Citizenship Occurs

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Generally, citizenship happens in two ways. Either one is born in the country, or the person is naturalized. The Naturalization process is entirely administered by the federal government and the same agency that is in charge of controlling illegal immigration and border protection. Many people have lived in the U.S. for decades without issue, working and paying taxes, and not really feeling a need to take the next step. However, citizenship does fully commit one to the U.S. and provides added rights and protections. First, you gain the ability to vote, a fundamental right of a citizen. Second, your travel becomes less restricted within and in and out of the U.S. That’s because citizens are given preference, no surprise, by U.S. border control. Third, your legal status in terms of civil rights becomes a bit stronger, which really matters if you ever need to deal with the immigration court. And finally, you have the ability to assert citizenship status for education, work, scholarship eligibility, medical assistance, social security benefits and much more. So it’s really a good idea to take the final step and become a citizen if you have a well-established permanent residence in the U.S.

Hidden Minefields in Plain View

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The above said, the application process has legal pitfalls that can hamstring a person if not anticipated or prepared for. Your entire immigration status will be reviewed as soon as the application is received, both for present status as well as any prior issues during the history of your residency in the U.S. It’s for this reason you want to consult with an immigration attorney first to make sure any possible difficulties are spotted first before applying. The federal government has no qualms about acting on a discovered issue, regardless of spending decades in the U.S. as a resident without issue. With significant pressure to control immigration, agencies are working proactively to find any cases where there is a possibility to take action and add to their performance reports. And that can produce some very unfair results on otherwise legal residents. So blindly submitting a citizenship application can be a really bad but avoidable mistake. Get a good review first.

There are Multiple Reviews

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Second, the citizenship process involves both your file review as well as your personal examination. Many are familiar with the fact that there are a civics and history test one must prepare for. What they don’t realize is that the agent applying the exam is also likely reviewing you as a person and can nix an application if something raises suspicion on how you answer. The exam is frequently applied on a one-on-one basis, which can make people very nervous if they are not prepared ahead of time for the interview. A good attorney can test and prep a client, avoiding a bad slip due to panicking under pressure.

Finally, there is always the chance that something in someone’s past comes up from their home country when applying for citizenship. Even a family member can trigger a closer look. The federal government goes through a routine background check on applicants for citizenship just for this purpose. If an issue or question is raised, the applicant should not try to take on the government alone. With the help of counsel, the correct answer and detail can be provided to explain a matter. In most responses, a person gets one chance to do it right, and then the immigration agency makes a decision. It’s very hard to reverse that immigration case step once taken, even legally. But with the help of a qualified immigration attorney, your responses can be far more accurate and specific to what is needed versus creating more problems for your citizenship pursuit.

Don’t Settle for Just Any Texas Attorney

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Texas immigration lawyers are a specific set of trained experts for the immigration process and deportation defense, and they should be sought out, even if just for a basic consultation before triggering a citizenship application. What you don’t know in the federal Naturalization process can hurt you, even triggering deportation in some extreme cases. Don’t be another news story statistics. Get the right help up front to ensure your success in the citizenship application process.