The immigration system in the United States can be extremely complex for most people to navigate. Immigration issues can cause significant difficulties for families, businesses, and employers in Texas.
Whether a person is seeking a visa, facing possible removal, or preparing for a hearing, it is important to have legal representation for any immigration proceeding. An experienced attorney will know the most effective ways to handle your case so you can accomplish all of your immigration goals.
Lawyers for Immigration in Houston, TX
Do you or your loved one need help with an immigration issue in Harris County? You will want to contact The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC as soon as possible.
Our Houston immigration attorneys represent clients in the greater Harris County area including Pearland, Baytown, Seabrook, La Porte, Pasadena, Galena Park, Friendswood and many others. Call (832) 530-4070 right now to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Texas Immigration Information Center
- Types of Immigration Cases in Texas
- How Immigration Works in Texas
- Immigration Resources in Harris County
Types of Immigration Cases in Texas
The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC handles many different kinds of immigration issues. Some of the most common include:
- Criminal Immigration — Includes immigration bond hearings, illegal reentry offenses, and deportation or removal proceedings;
- Family-Based Immigration — Issues relating to green cards, immediate relatives, and visas; and
- Employment-Based Immigration — Includes visas for temporary business visitors, transitional workers, and students and exchange visitors.
How Immigration Works in Texas
The immigration system in the United States largely relies on immigrants having sponsors (United States citizens who are sponsoring or petitioning for relatives) or being highly skilled. Most unskilled aliens without relations to United States residents are unable to successfully obtain green cards (proof of lawful permanent resident [LPR] status) because the number of green cards issued each year is limited to about a million per year.
According to the Pew Research Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security data released in July 2017 showed more green cards were issued to immigrants already living in the country on another visa who adjusted their legal status than to new arrivals every fiscal year since 2004. Green cards are usually issued in family-based immigration cases.
Employment-based immigration usually relies on temporary visas, which are also capped in the United States. The U.S. Department of State says that approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants every fiscal year.
Whether a person is entering a family-based or employment-based immigration proceeding, he or she will likely have to submit a number of extremely detailed applications to federal agencies. It is highly recommended that any person attempting to immigrate into the United States have a knowledgeable immigration attorney review all forms to ensure nothing is inaccurate or incomplete.
Immigration Resources in Harris County
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC) — HILSC stakeholders include non-profit legal services providers, outreach and advocacy organizations, the business community, law school legal clinics, public agencies, and private foundations. The mission of the HILSC is to create a coordinated network of effective and efficient services to assist low-income immigrants to access the information and legal representation that allows them to make choices in their own best interest. Visit this website to learn more about HILSC projects, recent changes to immigration policy, and upcoming events.
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative
1028, 2502 La Branch St.
Houston, TX 77004
Texas Resources for Undocumented Immigrants | Texas.gov — The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) was created on December 1, 2011, and assumed the operations of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC) and Texas Youth Commission (TYC), which were both abolished. View a TJJD brochure with various resources for undocumented immigrants. You can find information if you are looking for a detained family member, need an emergency shelter for immigrants, or need help completing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) paperwork.
USCIS — USCIS is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. On this website, you can apply for citizenship, learn more about the path to citizenship, and find study materials for the naturalization test. You can also find information about green cards, recent news, and other research tools.
Immigration Attorney in Houston, TX
If you or your loved one need assistance immigrating to the United States, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. Contact The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC for help protecting your rights during the immigration process.
Our immigration lawyers in Houston represent individuals throughout Harris County, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, League City, Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Galena Park, Baytown and many others. You can have our attorneys review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (832) 530-4070 or complete an online contact form to receive a free, confidential consultation.