LaFountain & Wollman, P.C. guides clients in Massachusetts and around the globe through the challenges of the immigration process. We offer a range of tailored services that include Permanent Residency (Green Cards), Family-Based Immigration, and Naturalization and Citizenship. Our team is committed to helping individuals and families navigate their path to the U.S. with personalized attention and support at every step.
Well-versed in federal immigration law, we have a well-earned reputation as dedicated advocates who provide each client with first-rate representation and informed guidance. When you partner with us, we will be your allies in your immigration journey. Call today to speak with an experienced immigration attorney.
The Journey Begins with a Green Card: Permanent Residency
Permanent residency, commonly referred to as obtaining a Green Card, is a crucial step for many looking to live and work permanently in the U.S. It grants individuals a variety of rights and privileges, including the ability to reside here indefinitely, work without restrictions, and access certain social benefits. The path to permanent residency can vary based on individual circumstances and eligibility criteria.
At LaFountain & Wollman, we guide our clients through each stage of the process, ensuring a clear understanding and a smooth journey toward obtaining their Green Card.
What Type of Green Card Do I Need?
The types of Green Cards available include, but are not limited to:
- Family-based – for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Employment-based – for workers in various professional fields with a job offer in the U.S.
- Refugee or Asylee status – for individuals who have been granted asylum or refugee status.
- Diversity lottery – for individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.
- Special categories – for victims of abuse, human trafficking, or with other special circumstances.
At LaFountain & Wollman, we focus on family-based green cards – securing one is a complex process, involving various forms, documentation, and legal considerations. Common challenges include navigating the legal paperwork, understanding eligibility criteria, and dealing with potential delays or roadblocks. This is where our firm’s experience becomes invaluable. Our team ensures that each application is carefully prepared and managed, significantly increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome for our clients.
Family-Based Immigration in Massachusetts
Family-based Immigration is a pathway for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor close family members for immigration. This process is an integral part of the U.S. immigration system, emphasizing the importance of family unity. Eligibility for family-based immigration depends on the relationship between the sponsor and the beneficiary, as well as the sponsor’s immigration status. Our immigration attorneys are adept at navigating these criteria, ensuring a clear and effective approach to reuniting families.
The primary categories of family-based visas include:
- Immediate relative visas – for spouses, unmarried children under 21, and parents of U.S. citizens.
- Family preference visas – for adult children, both married and unmarried, and siblings of U.S. citizens, as well as spouses and children of permanent residents.
- Fiancé(e) visas (K-1 and K-3 Visas) – for fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and their children.
- Adoption visas – for children adopted abroad by U.S. citizens.
- Widow(er) visas –for surviving spouses of U.S. citizens.
Navigating family-based immigration involves understanding complex legal requirements and procedures, from filing petitions to attending interviews and dealing with potential issues like priority dates and visa caps. At LaFountain & Wollman, we provide personalized guidance tailored to each family’s unique situation. We assist with gathering necessary documentation, preparing for interviews, and resolving any legal hurdles that may arise. Our goal is to streamline the process, making family reunification as smooth and swift as possible.
Naturalization and Citizenship Attorney
Naturalization and citizenship are the final steps to becoming a U.S. citizen. This process grants individuals the full rights and responsibilities of citizenship, including the right to vote, hold public office, and receive a U.S. passport.
Eligibility for naturalization typically requires permanent residency (a Green Card), a certain period of continuous residence in the country, and a demonstration of good moral character.
The journey to citizenship can be complex, involving detailed applications, interviews, and sometimes legal challenges. Common issues include navigating the paperwork, preparing for the civics and language tests, and addressing any past legal or immigration concerns.
Our firm provides comprehensive support throughout this process. We assist with application preparation, interview coaching, and addressing any issues that might affect eligibility for citizenship. We aim to make the path to U.S. citizenship a straightforward and positive experience.
The Trusted Choice in Immigration Law
At LaFountain & Wollman, we understand that navigating the complexities of immigration law can be daunting for individuals and families. Our team is committed to providing tailored assistance at every step of the immigration process, whether you are applying for a Green Card, sponsoring a family member, or seeking citizenship. We offer guidance on legal procedures, paperwork, and compliance with immigration laws, handling your case with the utmost care and professionalism.
Our approach is client-focused, meaning we take the time to understand your unique situation and needs. We can assist in preparing applications, representing you in immigration proceedings, and any legal hurdles that may arise. Trust us to be your dedicated partner in your immigration journey, working to achieve the best possible outcome.
Talk To An Experienced Immigration Attorney Today
If you are seeking entry to the U.S. or need assistance navigating immigration law, turn to LaFountain & Wollman, the firm of choice. Contact us today to get started.