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BATTERED SPOUSES AND CHILDREN
Abusive spouses and parents often threaten their victims with deportation or reporting them to immigration officials  in order to assert control.  Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, spouses, children, or parents who have been subjected to extreme cruelty or battery have the opportunity to obtain permanent residency through a self -petition, independent of the abusive U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident spouse or parent.  This process can take place while still married to the abusing spouse, and without the abusers knowledge.  It is also not required that the police or criminal courts have ever been involved.

Additionally, please know that even if the victim entered the country illegally without a visa, under VAWA, qualifying victims are usually still able to self-petition and remain in the U.S. until they receive a permanent residency card.  We have helped many, many victims of domestic abuse who for many years endured extreme cruelties and violence because they mistakenly thought they had no legal options.  Don’t let this be you.

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If you are an undocumented victim of domestic violence and need help filing an I-360 self petition, please contact the immigration lawyers at R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law.  Call today to schedule a free consultation. Our immigration attorneys will confidentially listen to your specific needs and goals and clearly explain how they can help.  To learn more, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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CITIZENSHIP AND NATURALIZATION
Are you ready to take the step to become naturalized U.S. citizen and enjoy all the benefits citizenship offers?  For a consultation about the citizenship and naturalization process, contact R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at law today.

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Nothing gives us more pleasure than helping clients realize their goal of U.S. citizenship.  As a naturalized citizen, you will enjoy the right to:

  • Vote
  • Hold elected office (except president and vice president)
  • Hold certain government jobs
  • Apply for certain scholarships and grants
  • Help immediate relatives obtain visas
  • Protection from deportation
  • Public assistance
  • Travel outside the U.S. for unlimited periods of time
  • Return to the U.S. after travel abroad
  • Protect your children’s right to remain in the U.S.

When you become a naturalized citizen, your minor children, who are in your permanent custody, automatically become citizens, too.

In general, to be eligible for U.S. citizenship, you must demonstrate:

  • A period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States
  • An ability to read, write, and speak English
  • A knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
  • Good moral character
  • Attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
  • Favorable disposition toward the United States

In addition:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age when you apply for citizenship
  • You must have been a legal permanent resident of the U.S. for five years less 90 days at the time you file for citizenship. (If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you may file two years sooner.)
  • You must have been physically present in the U.S. for 30 of the past 60 months.
  • You have not been outside the U.S. for a continuous period of six months or more during the previous 60 months.

Our citizenship attorneys will help you through each step of the naturalization process.  We’ll explain what will happen at your interview and help you study of your history and government exam.  For cost-effective legal counsel in matters of citizenship and naturalization, you can depend on R. Bracken & Associates, Attorney at Law.

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DEFERRED ACTION TO “DREAM”ERS (DACA)
Were you brought to the U.S. as a child but now need a work permit? You may be eligible for one. The basic principle behind President Obama’s June 15, 2012 announcement is the government’s willingness to provide opportunities for individuals who were brought into the U.S. as children, the chance to finally live normal lives in possibly the only country you know, the United States.

Being granted deferred action means that the U.S. government will not attempt to remove you from the U.S., and in the meantime, would allow you the extendable opportunity to obtain valid employment authorization that would enable to work, seek a driver’s license, and a social security number. Unfortunately, as a general rule, deferred action does not grant legal status, the ability to travel outside the U.S., or to join the military.

The eligibility criteria, as it currently stands, applies to people who:

  1. Were born after June 15, 1981;
  2. Arrived in the United States before the age of 16;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Were present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
  5. Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  6. Are currently in school, graduated or received a certificate of completion from high school, obtained a general educational development certificate (GED), or that you are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or U.S. Armed Forces; and
  7. Are at least 15 years of age at the time of filing.

Certain factors, such as having a criminal record, can bar eligibility. Because the process is not risk free for all possible applicants, one should exercise great care in seeking deferred action and should not attempt to obtain it without consulting a competent immigration attorney.

We have helped many, many individuals obtain deferred action status. We have also seen individuals unnecessarily postpone a great benefit due to confusion or worry. Don’t let this be you.

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If you entered the U.S. as a child and were born after June 15, 1981, please contact the immigration lawyers at R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law. We have a great amount of experience helping people obtain approved self-petitions and who are now lawful permanent residents. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation. Our immigration attorneys will confidentially listen to your specific needs and goals and clearly explain how they can help. To learn more, please contact us today to schedule a consultation at an office near you.

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FAMILY-BASED VISAS
Would you like to bring a family member or fiancee from another country to live in the United States? Are you in the U.S. on a visitor’s visa, but want to stay here with a family member?

You will need a family-based visa from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). The immigration lawyers of R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law can file a petition for the correct type of family-based visa efficiently and cost effectively. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation and case evaluation.

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Sadly, there are always many more people who want to come to the U.S. on a family-based visa than there are visas available. Filing a family-based visa petition will put your family member in line for a visa, but there may be a long wait. It’s important to work with an experienced immigration attorney so you can be certain the petition is filed correctly.

The spouses, parents, and minor children of U.S. citizens do not have to wait for a visa to become available. Once the USCIS approves the family-based visa petition filed by their relative, they will receive an immigrant visa immediately. Other relatives’ petitions are considered according to the following preference system;

  • First Preference: Unmarried, adult sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. Adult means 21 years of age or older.
  • Second preference: Spouses of lawful permanent residents, their unmarried children (under twenty-one), and the unmarried sons and daughters of lawful permanent residents.
  • Third preference: Married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens.
  • Fourth preference: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. Citizens.

Please contact us for all family based immigration visas, including the F2 Visa, H4 Visa, J2 Visa, K1 Visa, K2 Visa, K3 Visa, K4 Visa, L2 Visa, O3 Visa, P4 Visa, R2 Visa, and TD Visa.

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FIANCE(E) VISAS
Are you an American citizen who is engaged to marry a foreign national? Our immigration law attorneys may be able to help you obtain a fiancé (e) visa that will allows you to bring your beloved to the U.S. to marry and live permanently.

For a consultation about the fiancé (e) visa process, please contact us an immigration lawyer at R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law today.

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Our experienced immigration lawyers have been bringing together the loved ones from all over the world. We would like to help you, too.

We will file a petition for alien fiancé (e) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the U.S. After it is approved, we will help your fiancé or fiancée apply for a non-immigrant visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate in his or her home country. We will work with USCIS and the Consulate to ensure that the process runs smoothly.

The K-1 Visa allows your fiancé (e) to travel to the U.S. for marriage.  After the wedding, we can help your spouse apply for a change of status to become a legal permanent resident of the U.S.  To learn about all the eligibility requirements, please contact an attorney at R. Bracken & Associates to schedule a consultation.

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GREEN CARDS
A green card is more than a piece of paper. It’s a ticket to a better life for millions of foreign born nationals seeking to achieve permanent legal resident status in America.

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A green card grants you the ability to live and work legally in the U.S.  As a permanent legal resident, you will have more opportunities. Green card holders are often able to get better jobs for better pay. Perhaps most important, a green card gives you peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the legal right to live and work in America for the rest of your life. Although you will still be under the authority of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, your risk of being deported is vastly reduced.

You can obtain a green card through family-based immigration or by employment-based immigration. We can assist you in your application for legal permanent residency in the U.S. whether you are now living in the United States or in your home country. Our immigration attorneys assist clients from across the nation and around the world from our offices in Southern California.

If you need help obtaining a green card, please contact the immigration lawyers at R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law.  We have a great amount of experience helping people just like you get their green cards and enjoying all the benefits it offers.  Call today to schedule an initial consultation. Our immigration attorneys will listen carefully to your specific needs and goals and clearly explain how they can help. To learn more, please contact us today to schedule a consultation at an office near you.

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MILITARY PAROLE IN PLACE (PIP) FOR SPOUSES, CHILDREN, AND PARENTS OF VETERANS AND MILITARY MEMBERS
Are you a veteran or U.S. soldier who is married to a spouse without legal status?  Do you have a parent, child, or step-child who is in the United States illegally but desires legal status? Perhaps in the past you were told that your family member cannot obtain legal status in the U.S.  In such cases you may have been told that your family member would have to return to their home country where they could face inadmissibility, waivers, and a host of uncertainty.  This may not be necessary for family members of veterans or military members who have been granted Parole in Place.

Parole in Place (PIP) is a relatively unknown discretionary measure that can be granted by any District Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  Due to a policy expansion published on November 15, 2013, this discretionary measure was extended from solely benefiting spouses of active military members to also include the parents, children, and spouses of veterans, as well as active military members. Once granted, the U.S. soldier or veteran is usually able to then petition for his or her family member inside the U.S. for lawful permanent residence without anyone needing to leave the country.  PIP requests are considered by the District Director on a case by case basis.  One must utilize great care in seeking it and should not attempt to obtain it without the assistance of a competent immigration attorney.

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Richard Bracken is a veteran who has served in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the U.S. Army. Throughout the years he has helped innumerable soldiers and veterans, and can advise you on obtaining Parole in Place from within the U.S.  For consultation about obtaining Parole in Place, please contact us today.

You can depend on R. Bracken & associates, Attorneys at Law for Parole in Place and Green Card assistance.

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REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS (I-751)
In instances where an alien has been granted permanent residency through his or her spouse, and within two years of entering the marriage, the residency status is usually deemed “conditional”. You can tell if  your status is conditional when your residency card has an expiration date that is two years from the admission date instead of ten years.  Due to the Immigration Marriage Fraud Amendments (IMFA), Congress has mandated that conditional permanent residents must follow a comprehensive procedure to have the conditional status removed.  Conditional residents who do not comply with the requirements at the end of the two-year period will find that their residency status is automatically “terminated” by the Immigration Service after the two year anniversary of issuance and they are normally placed into removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge thereafter.

Should the alien resident and spouse remain married near the end of the two year period, a jointly signed petition with supporting documents should be filed within ninety days of the second anniversary of the grant of conditional status. Sometimes both spouses will also be required to appear at a personal interview with the immigration service before conditions are removed.

Occasionally marriages terminate prior to the second anniversary.  In this circumstance the conditional status can usually still be removed so long as a waiver based upon a bona fide marriage is approved by the Immigration Service.

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We are very experienced in filing joint petitions as well as in situations where waiver petitions are necessary due to death or divorce.  You can obtain the removal of conditions on your green card.  We can assist you on your I-751 application whether you are now living in the United States or in your home country.  Our immigration attorneys assist clients from across the nation and around the world from our offices in Southern California.

If you need help removing conditions on a green card, please contact the immigration lawyers at R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law.  We have a great amount of experience helping people just like you.  Call today to schedule an initial consultation. Our immigration attorneys will listen carefully to your specific needs and goals and clearly explain how they can help. To learn more, please contact us today to schedule a consultation at an office near you.

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REPRESENTING CLIENTS AROUND THE WORLD
Individuals who wish to come to the U.S. to visit or to live permanently can apply for visas at the U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate office in their home country.  Having a U.S. attorney who is familiar with immigration law can help facilitate the process.

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The attorneys of R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law have helped individual and business clients from around the world obtain visas through consular processing.  To learn if we can be of assistance to you, please contact us today for an initial consultation.

Working by phone and e-mail we can prepare you for your application interview so you will have the required documents and understand exactly what will be expected of you. If for some reason, your application is denied, an experienced immigration lawyer may be able to seek a waiver that can allow your visa application to be approved.

Every U.S. embassy and consulate office has its own set of rules for the visa application process. We have worked with many embassies and understand how to help you achieve your goals as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Whether you are applying for an immigrant visa or wish to visit the U.S. temporarily, we can help. To discuss your specific situation, please contact us today for a consultation.

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TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS)
Is there a crisis in your homeland that would threaten your life, your freedom, or your safety if you returned? If so, you may be able to remain in the United States by pursuing temporary protected status (TPS) through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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Temporary protected status is only provided to those who are already in the U.S.  It is given to people whose homelands are officially recognized by the U.S. Attorney General as being unsafe due to a crisis or natural disaster. War, severe civil unrest, floods, and earthquakes are often the reasons for offering temporary protected status to the citizens of a troubled country. The designation lasts for six to 18 months and may be renewed.

Countries currently designated by the U.S. Attorney General for temporary protected status are:

  • Burundi
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Liberia
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • Sudan

Temporary protected status does not lead to permanent residency, but you can obtain a work permit while you remain in the U.S.  Not every citizen of a designated country qualifies for TPS.  To learn if you may be eligible, please contact R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law for a consultation.  Our experienced immigration lawyers can explain the law and let you know whether temporary protected status is an option for you.

WAIVERS OF INADMISSIBILITY
It is not uncommon for some individuals seeking lawful status to have been involved with things that might have rendered them “inadmissible”. Inadmissibility is a term of art in immigration law which means that the person who is seeking to enter, or change status, in the U.S. is prohibited by law to be awarded the benefit sought.  There are MANY forms of inadmissibility.  Some of the most common ones are:

  • False Claims of Citizenship
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Crimes of Moral Turpitude
  • Previous Deportations
  • Prior Immigration Violations
  • Misrepresentation
  • Document Fraud
  • Drug Offenses
  • Unlawful Presence in the U.S.
  • Mental Disorder
  • Visa Overstays
  • Entering the U.S. Without Inspection
  • Smuggling
  • Unlawful Voting

Most of the grounds of inadmissibility can be overcome with special waivers, sometimes refered to as ‘pardons’.  Often the waivers require a showing that a qualifying relative exists who will experience extreme hardships if the immigrant in question is not allowed into the U.S.  Sadly, some of the grounds of inadmissibility have no waivers at all.  In those cases the government has  no choice but to deny the case in the end.  Because the stakes are so high it is critical to consult with a qualified immigration attorney before attempting to receive any immigration benefit, especially if there is any question about the potential immigrant’s past conduct and his or her future admissibility.

Waivers should not be approached lightly.  In fact, we always advise clients to never attempt an inadmissibility waiver without an attorney’s help because there is so much at stake.  If you don’t meet the legal standard of review, the government will likely not grant the waiver.  Having a waiver denied can be devastating because it usually leads to removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge if the denial occurs in the U.S. and, if overseas, loved ones remain separated, sometimes indefinitely.

Over the years, attorneys at R. Bracken & Associates have successfully helped hundreds of families overcome grounds of inadmissibility.

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If you think you may need assistance overcoming a bar to admissibility with a 212(d), 212(e), 212(g), 212(h), 212(i), 212(k), I-212, or I-601 wavier, please contact the immigration lawyers at R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law. We have an immense amount of experience helping people obtain waivers, people who are now lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens.  Call today to schedule an initial consultation. Our immigration attorneys will confidentially listen to your specific needs and goals and clearly explain how they can help. To learn more, please contact us today to schedule a consultation at an office near you.

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It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, we can help you. For quality legal advice and personal client service in matters of immigration law, people throughout Southern California and the world, trust R. Bracken & Associates, Attorneys at Law. We are experienced professionals who will pursue your case aggressively. Because we understand the nuances of immigration law, we can handle your immigration matter in a way that protects you today and in the future.

Our office is located at:
308 N. Riverside Ave. #1-C, Rialto, CA  92376

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