Want to Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?

The vast majority of U.S. citizens became citizens due to the virtue of their—and their parents’—birthplace. Other times, minor children become naturalized when one or more of their parents become naturalized. What this blog will focus on is the naturalization process for adults who choose to become U.S. citizens.  General Requirements Around 9 in 10 applicants for naturalization are adults (individuals 18 or older) Read More

How Does Asylum Work in the U.S.?

The number of asylum seekers in the U.S. has increased substantially since the new administration took office in D.C. The previous administration and COVID-19 protocols shifted a few long-standing asylum procedures, but we anticipate things gradually getting back to the status quo. This blog will serve as a general guide to those already in the U.S. or those who anticipate coming to the U.S. and filing for asylum in Read More

What to Know about the E-1 Visa

A fairly common self-petitioning visa used by certain entrepreneurs and higher-level employees to live and work in the U.S. is the E-visa. E-visas are further broken down into E-1, E-2, and E-3 categories. The first preference, E-1, is reserved for nationals of countries with which the U.S. has a commerce treaty or other agreement that allows for a free flow of goods and services between the two countries.  General Read More

Using the EB-1C Visa

While it’s not the easiest thing to get approved for a visa to work in the U.S. as an employee, there are numerous options for employees and employers to pursue. This blog will focus on the EB-1C visa, which is geared toward managers and executives who have spent time at multinational companies.  Manager or Executive  To figure out whether or not you qualify for the EB-1C visa, you first need to establish that you Read More

Tamara Relis Featured as one of Top Best Immigration Lawyers In New York City

In firm news, I'm honored to share I was chosen as one of the Best Immigration Lawyers in New York City. The selection criteria are based on availability, accreditations, awards, reputation, experience, and professionalism. See our listing here! Read More

Bringing Your Parents Over to the U.S.

It’s natural to want to secure legal status for your parents. The good news is that, as long as you are a U.S. citizen, you have a way to do this through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Unfortunately, there is not typically a way for lawful permanent residents (green card holders) to legally bring over their parents.  Eligibility Besides the requirement of being a U.S. citizen, you must be at Read More

Explaining the E2 Visa

The first step for non-citizens’ staying in the U.S. for a substantial length of time (legally) is, generally, to obtain a visa. A nonimmigrant visa guarantees a temporary stay, while an immigrant visa is typically required for permanent residence.  For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the E-2 Visa is a great option. Even though it is a nonimmigrant visa, it has an unlimited number of extensions for its Read More

Form I-130: Bringing Your Adult Children to the U.S. as a Green Card Holder

Having your family members across the globe as you sit in the U.S. is, understandably, difficult. You might have heard of the K1 visa, which allows foreign aliens to move to the U.S. in exchange for marrying a U.S. citizen within 90 days of their arrival. This has been popularized through 90 Day Fiancé and the show’s various spinoffs and is just one example of numerous visa types that can be used to bring over family Read More

What is Defensive Asylum?

Asylum is the one of the most well-known protections for U.S. non citizens to legally stay in the country. At its core, asylum allows those who have been persecuted (or fear persecution) due to their nationality, race, religion, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. The concept has its roots in Medieval England. In the U.S., there are two forms of asylum protection: affirmative asylum and Read More

Overview of U Visas

When the phrase “tough on crime” was in vogue some decades ago, Congress passed a law (the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000) that aimed to help law enforcement officials investigate crime while providing protections for victims of crime. One important tool for non-citizens the law created is the U visa, which is a nonimmigrant visa for victims of crimes (and certain family members) who have Read More