The Law Office of Helen Joy Gallego is a full service immigration law firm, located in South Florida, committed to ensuring that you receive quality legal services in all areas of immigration law, with a concentration in removal proceedings. Whether you are new to this country or you desire to have family members join you in America or you are in removal proceedings, our law firm can help you achieve the best outcome in your immigration case. We offer legal services in the following areas:
The Law Office of Helen Joy Gallego has the skills, dedication and attentive nature to see your case from the initial consultation until its successful resolution. Immigration law can be stressful and confusing, so let our firm evaluate your case and identify a plan of action that will help you achieve the best outcome in your immigration case. Our firm is available to conduct office consultations at reasonable prices. After your consultation, you will be able to make a fully informed decision on how to proceed with your immigration case. To arrange a professional consultation, contact our offices online or call us at (305) 972-1025.
Employment-based immigrant visas allow foreign individuals who have the skills and talents that are needed in the United States to obtain lawful permanent residence. More commonly known as “green cards,” this process gives talented and hardworking foreigners the ability to get gainful employment within the United States. Please note that your ability to receive a green card varies based on your preference category as well as other factors, such as the total number of applicants during your given year.
Alternatively, employment-based non-immigrant visas allow foreign individuals to live or work in the United States for a temporary period of time. Visa categories are broken alphabetically, from A to V, and each visa has a different purpose. Please note that which visa you apply for depends on a number of factors.
Family-based immigration lets United States citizens, lawful permanent residents (also know as green cards holders), refugees and asylees bring immediate and extended family members to the United States through a sponsor system. Immediate relatives of a United States citizen include the parents, spouses and unmarried children under 21. Immediate relatives may file residency petitions without delay. Other relatives, apart from “immediate relatives”, must wait for an immigrant visa number to become available based on your preference category.
Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills certain requirements. In order to qualify for naturalization, you must meet the following requirements: lawful permanent resident that is over the age of 18, at least 5 years of continuous residence in the U.S., physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months prior to the date of filing the application, and be a person of good moral character.
In addition, an applicant for naturalization must pass the English and Civics test in order to qualify for U.S. citizenship. An applicant has two opportunities to take the English and Civics tests per application. If you fail any portion of the test during your first interview, you will be retested on the portion of the test that you failed anywhere from 60 and 90 days from the date of your initial interview.
Removal is the legal term when a non-citizen has been found removable from the United States for violating immigration laws. The immigration judge will grant an Order for deportation of the non-citizen without any punishment being imposed or contemplated. Please note that when a non-citizen is determined to be removable, then he or she may be eligible to apply for one or more forms of relief to avoid having to leave the United States.
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HELEN JOY GALLEGO
Mrs. Gallego has practiced law in Miami, Florida since 2008. She has experience in many areas of law, but it is her passion in immigration law that has given her the most rewarding purpose in her career. Having been an immigrant myself, she understands that the immigration process can be stressful and confusing to anyone not familiar with immigration law. Thus, her commitment to you is to do everything she can to achieve the best outcome in your immigration case.
Mrs. Gallego represents clients in matters in state and federal courts in the following areas: employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization and removal.
Mrs. Gallego is fluent in Ilocano and Tagalog.
Mr. Shastri has practiced law in Miami, Florida since 2008. He is experienced in a variety of areas of law including, commercial litigation, tax law, and probate. However, he has chosen to primarily focus on the areas of tax and probate law, as those are the areas of law that he most passionate about. In particular, Mr. Shastri specializes in the following types of cases: estate planning, corporate and partnership tax planning, international tax planning, probate and trust administration, and tax litigation.
Mr. Shastri is fluent in Hindi.
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