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Expert Deportation Defense in New Orleans

Secure Your U.S. Residency with Our Legal Support

For those in the United States facing removal to a threatening, dangerous country, it is important to get the legal representation you need to protect yourself. Going home to a hostile area is not good for anyone.

Having a qualified immigration legal representative on your side can make the difference in your case. With over 20 years of experience helping clients in the greater New Orleans area navigate the immigration process, the immigration lawyer at Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC is here for you.

Call (504) 784-6803 now or contact our firm online to begin planning for your future as a resident of the United States.

Asylum Representation for Persecuted Individuals in New Orleans

U.S. immigration law provides a way out for those forced to flee their country. Immigrants may qualify for asylum if they either were persecuted or believe they will be persecuted in the future in their native countries.

Successful application for asylum must prove threats of persecution based on:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Religion
  • Political opinion
  • Membership in a particular social group

There is a one-year deadline from the date of entry into the United States to apply for asylum. It is also possible to apply for asylum or asylum-related relief after being placed in removal (deportation) proceedings.

Alternative Relief for Late Asylum Applications

Persons who do not apply in time for asylum may qualify for Withholding of Removal or for relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Those granted these types of relief will not qualify for permanent residence, but they may remain in the United States and obtain employment authorization.

Path to a Green Card After Asylum Approval

When you have stayed physically in the United States for 1 year after being granted asylum, you are legally allowed to apply for a Green Card and adjust your status to “lawful permanent resident” (LPR) according to U.S. immigration law. As long as you were the primary applicant and your children and spouse got asylum granted through you, they can apply for their Green Cards at the same time.

To apply for a green card after asylum approval, you must qualify for and file USCIS Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

As an asylee, you must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for a Green Card:

  • Be physically present in the U.S. when you file your Form I-485
  • You have been physically in the United States for at least one year after you were granted asylum
  • You continue to fall under the definition of a refugee, or you are a child or the spouse of a refugee
  • Since being granted asylum you have not moved or resettled in any foreign country outside of the United States
  • The initial asylum you were granted has not been terminated
  • You must continue to be admissible to the United States
  • You merit the favorable exercise of discretion

Some adjustment of status cases can take up to a year or more to get approved. You will receive your Green Card in the mail when USCIS approves your application.

Comprehensive Immigration Law Guidance in New Orleans

Immigration law can be complex and overwhelming, especially when you are facing the challenges of seeking legal residency or asylum in the United States. At Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC, we understand the importance of having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side to guide you through the process.

Our team of dedicated immigration lawyers in New Orleans is well-versed in the intricacies of immigration law and is committed to providing you with personalized and effective legal representation. We will work closely with you to understand your unique circumstances and develop a strategic plan to achieve your immigration goals.

When you choose Wheatley Immigration Law, LLC, you can expect:

  • Expertise in various areas of immigration law, including asylum, green card applications, and withholding of removal
  • Compassionate and responsive legal services tailored to your specific needs
  • Clear and honest communication throughout the entire process
  • Thorough preparation and attention to detail in all legal documents and filings
  • Strong advocacy on your behalf in immigration court or during negotiations with government agencies

With our extensive experience and dedication to our clients, you can trust us to fight for your rights and protect your future in the United States.

Discover how we can assist you. Call (504) 784-6803 today for dedicated legal representation. Serving clients across the U.S.


Awards & Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Assoc
  • FBA
  • Avvo Reviews

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