Advice and Counsel: JFON attorneys meet with clients to discuss how the complex U.S. immigration laws affect them. If a client is eligible for relief, the attorney will so advise. However, if a client learns that he is not eligible to obtain legal status, having this information helps protect him from immigration fraud. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous attorneys or notarios who prey on uninformed immigrants, charging them exorbitant fees in exchange for promises of visas which never materialize.
Our services include but are not limited to
- Separation Planning and Family Reunification
- Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A.)
- Employment Authorization
- Domestic Abuse Victims (VAWA and U-VISA)
Citizenship: Naturalization is the process by which a lawful permanent resident of the United States (green card holder) applies for citizenship. It is an expensive and rigorous process through which JFON attorneys expertly guide clients. Our attorneys provide study guides for the English and U.S. civics tests. They also help prepare clients for their interview.
Not from East Texas? No problem!
Justice for Our Neighbors is a network of 17 sites across the country. Visit the National JFON website to find the location nearest you.
VAWA (Violence Against Women Act):Under VAWA, an abused spouse, parent or child of a U.S. citizen or green card holder may apply for a green card without the abuser’s knowledge, which allows the victim to seek both safety and lawful status independently from the abuser.
We invite all interested clients to attend one of our Legal Clinics,during which our attorney offers general assistance. Following that clinic, you may set up an individual appointment with our attorney.
Family Petition: This is a two-step process, first requiring the family member with legal status to file a petition for his immigrant family member. Only spouses, parents, or adult children can apply on behalf of certain family members. Once the Family Petition is approved, the client may then apply for an immigrant visa or green card.
U Visa:The U Visa was created by Congress to encourage undocumented victims of serious crimes (e.g., domestic violence, rape and incest) to come forward to report crimes without the fear of deportation. Among other tasks, JFON attorneys walk these vulnerable victims through the process of securing a “law enforcement certification” to prove that the victim was helpful to the police.