At SAC Attorneys LLP, our San Jose immigration lawyers represent clients throughout Silicon Valley and beyond in all types of immigration matters. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience, and a shared commitment to helping our clients obtain their objectives. We will walk with you through every step of the immigration process to protect your interests and help you get the best outcome possible.
What Sets Our San Jose Immigration Lawyers Apart?
At our San Jose immigration law firm, we never pass our overhead costs onto clients. We are dedicated to finding ways efficient solutions that reduce your legal fees, and we have the varied experience to craft the creative, tailored solutions you need for your immigration matter, no matter how complex.
Contact us at (408) 797-3332 or send us an email to schedule your attorney consultation!
United States immigration law is highly complex. There are various types of visas and the requirements are different for every visa. The procedures are confusing and often not intuitive. SAC Attorneys LLP provides immigration solutions tailored for each client's needs. Learn more about the different immigration issues we are able to handle.
Our attorneys protect immigrant rights and represent all types of clients in immigration-related matters that include:
We help clients obtain nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for spouses, fiancés, siblings, unmarried children, and other family members.
Our lawyers help clients who are employees seeking work-based immigration solutions as well as businesses that are seeking to bring employees to the United States for work purposes.
Investing in a business in the United States and obtaining the correct visa in order to enter the United States to manage the investment are complex processes. We assist investors in obtaining non-immigrant Treaty Trader (E-1) and Treaty Investor (E-2) visas as well as immigrant visas (permanent residence) through the EB-5 program. Not only do we help guide the investor as to what the investment requirements are for obtaining the desired visa, we can also assist in finding investment opportunities and, with the help of our Business Law Group, we can also assist in incorporation and other business needs.
Visas are the cornerstone of U.S. immigration law. There are numerous nonimmigrant categories, each with a specific purpose and set of rules. Obtaining a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be very difficult, due to confusing instructions, stringent requirements, background security checks, and high refusal rates. We discuss our client's short-term and long-term immigration goals and determine the appropriate visa and immigration strategy for each unique case. Our attorneys have complete familiarity with the processes involved in changing status in the United States, as well as the procedures and practices of the National Visa Center and of the hundreds of U.S. consulates worldwide.
We provide solutions for individuals and families who wish to immigrate to the United States through petitions by family (FB 1-4, Immediate Relatives, Fiances), employers (EB 1-5), investment (EB-5), and other special categories (Special Immigrants, National Interest Waivers, Diversity Lottery).
The process can be arduous and long, with many potential pitfalls along the way. With thorough analysis of your unique situation, our attorneys come up with an immigration strategy that suits your needs while guiding you every step of the way. During the process many factors may change and it is imperative that you have a knowledgeable attorney who can ensure that the process goes as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
Hiring Foreign Nationals
Recruitment and transfer of foreign national personnel brings unique sets of challenges. In many cases the Department of Labor (DOL) must certify that the terms of employment of these workers is not taking jobs away from United States workers and that these workers will receive the prevailing wage. Navigating the DOL procedures alone can be arduous, let alone the successful filing of a petition with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For employees not yet in the United States, even with an approved petition, there is often the third step of being interviewed at one of the hundreds of U.S. consulates worldwide, each with its own processes. There are also other staffing issues at stake, such as timing, taxation, Social Security numbers and, as discussed below, employer compliance. It is absolutely imperative when attempting to hire foreign nationals, or when transferring overseas employees to the United States, that a knowledgeable immigration attorney be consulted.
We have assisted employers large and small, in a wide array of industries, meet their staffing needs. We believe in becoming extremely familiar with the client's business needs and practices so that we can tailor company-specific strategies for successful and efficient recruitment and movement of these often highly valuable employees.
Hiring foreign nationals involves more than just obtaining the proper visa status for the employee. The hiring of foreign nationals may also have ramifications in issues involving wage and hour compliance, discrimination, labor relations and other employment issues. Federal law requires that employers verify their workforce's eligibility for employment and that the terms of employment are lawful.
Recent years have seen a substantial increase in enforcement efforts in the form of company audits and worksite raids. The ramifications of non-compliance can be quite severe, including not only fines and the loss of ability to file immigrant visa petitions on behalf of employees, but also, in some cases, the initiation of criminal proceedings against the employer. Our attorneys can help employers comply with all relevant statutes and regulations by managing Form I-9 employee verification audits, responding to Social Security mismatch letters, training human resources personnel about E-Verify requirements, and representing the employer in state and federal investigations.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Becoming a United States Citizen is often the goal of immigrants in the United States. Other individuals might have a claim to automatic or derivative citizenship through their parents or grandparents. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of naturalization and citizenship cases and are familiar not only with all of the legal and evidentiary requirements and procedures, but also with how to handle the more difficult cases, such as where a naturalization applicant has spent a great deal of time outside the United States, has failed to pay taxes or child support, or has been arrested.
Our firm is unique in that not only do we have vast experience in family- and employment-based immigration, but also in representing individuals facing removal, or deportation, proceedings. Removal cases are often the most difficult and grueling cases for the individual involved and his or her loved ones.
Unlike criminal proceedings, there is no public defender in the immigration courts. The Immigration Judge will advise an individual in removal proceedings that it is crucial to obtain a good immigration attorney to fight for your right to remain in the United States. Our attorneys have successfully represented hundreds of individuals before immigration courts in several cities. We have the capability of representing a respondent in removal proceeding anywhere in the United States.
Asylum and Humanitarian Relief
U.S. immigration law offers political asylum to individuals fleeing persecution in their home country. There are also many other laws that provide short- or long-term immigration status in the United States for individuals and families on humanitarian grounds. Some of these programs include the Special Juvenile Immigrant Program for children who have been abandoned by their parents, the Violence against Woman Act (VAWA) for individuals and children who are the victims of physical abuse or emotional cruelty at the hands of a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident family member, and the T and U visa categories (for trafficked persons and victims of violent crime, as well as their family members). There is also the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for individuals present in the United States whose home country is suffering because of natural or man-made disasters, and Humanitarian parole, which is available to individuals seeking admission to the United States who do not qualify for a visa but whose admission to the United States should be granted on humanitarian grounds.
Our attorneys are sensitive, knowledgeable and experienced in the extremely complex area of asylum law and have successfully assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining political asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief.
Appeals and Federal Litigation
Our goal is to win all of our case so that no appeal is necessary. However, the government makes mistakes quite frequently. In other cases, such as before the immigration court, we are successful but the government appeals the decision or the government fails to act on a client's case. Other times clients come to us after their case was denied. Our firm has substantial experience in appeals before administrative agencies and in federal litigation. We are admitted to several jurisdictions, including the Ninth Circuit and various federal courts.
When facing the immigration system, it is important to talk with an experienced lawyer who has been through the process before and can help you understand your rights and options. With a wealth of legal experience on our team, including experience in immigration, business, and civil litigation matters, we can help you through the initial filing process as well as appeals and other legal solutions. We will do whatever we can to help you obtain your objectives.
Call us at (408) 797-3332 in California or email us to set up a consultation with an attorney from our firm.