The immigrant’s path to the United States can be long and arduous. U.S. immigration laws are complicated and present a confusing set of choices for anyone seeking citizenship or permanent residency here. This web site is intended to provide information to help you better understand the many choices you will encounter along the way.
This web site has been built and is maintained by lawyers from the law firm of Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, one of the leading immigration law firms in New York City. We have organized the information on this site to address the questions we hear most frequently from our clients about the challenges they face along their path to citizenship. The information we’ve provided here is not intended to serve as legal advice and it’s important for you to speak with a qualified attorney if you or any of your family members are dealing with any of the following issues.
Path to Citizenship
- Permanent residence — This is the legal status for immigrants commonly referred to as holding a green card. The holder of a green card has the right to remain in the United States indefinitely as a permanent resident. Click here if you want to learn more about the different ways you can obtain lawful permanent residence with a green card.
- Deportation — The threat of deportation hangs over the head of many of the millions of immigrants who have found their way across the border without legal documentation. There are many steps that can be taken to defend against deportation, so that you can remain here and preserve you opportunity to obtain legal status. Click here to learn more if you or someone in your family faces the threat of deportation.
- Citizenship — U.S. citizenship provides many benefits, from full protection under the Constitution and laws, to possession of a passport and the right to travel freely abroad, to eligibility for Social Security, Medicare and other benefits. Whether a child in your family was born in the United States, or you are a dependent of a person serving in the U.S. armed forces, click here to learn more about the eligibility requirements to qualify for citizenship.
- Deferred action — President Obama has recently entered two new executive orders that may extend the current policy of the U.S. Department of Justice to halt removal proceedings against many immigrants who entered the country without legal documentation but otherwise meet certain requirements. Click here to learn more about whether you or someone in your family qualifies for deferred action.
- Visas — Visas for workers, family members, businesspeople, students and investors can be complex. There are numerous types of visas, and each type has unique limitations and filing requirements. Click here to find out more about the various types of visas and see which one mis best for your situation.
- Waivers — For anyone who has entered the U.S. without legal documentation it is impossible to adjust your immigration status without first obtaining a waiver. Waivers are also necessary if you have a criminal background, any prior immigration violations or past involvement with fraudulent activities.