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Immigration Law

Rhode Island Immigration Lawyers

Qualified Pawtucket Green Card Attorneys

Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester, LLP, provides clients throughout the Providence, Rhode Island, and Boston, Massachusetts, areas with immigration law services marked by service, integrity, and quality. Our lawyers develop practical and effective solutions that are grounded in a thorough knowledge of the law and demonstrate exceptional attention to detail. If you would like to speak with a member of our immigration practice, please contact our Pawtucket, Rhode Island, office to arrange a consultation.

The immigration laws in the U.S. are very specific and leave visitors and immigrants needing extensive documentation to enter the country. Our firm has handled numerous immigration matters and can take the time to walk you through the process.

Visa Applications and Naturalization

Our attorneys are prepared to assist those wishing to enter the United States with applications for immigrant and visitor (non-immigrant) visas, visa extensions, temporary employment visas, permanent legal residency and labor certification (green cards), and citizenship and naturalization. U.S. visas our firm handles include:

Employment-Based Immigration :

We handle employment-based immigration matters for employees and businesses that are dealing with entrance into the country for business-related work. The business visas that we often seek include:

  • H1-B visas for specialty workers
  • L-1 intra-company transfers of professionals
  • B-1 temporary business visas
  • J-1 exchange visitor visas
  • H-3 temporary trainee visas
  • E-1 and E-2 treaty traders/investor visas

Family-Based Visas and Visitor Visas:

As immigration attorneys, we understand the importance of having family join you here in the U.S. We strive to help clients secure the necessary visas for husbands, wives, fiancées, siblings, parents and other loved ones to come to the U.S. Our firm also assists tourists in obtaining visas to visit the U.S. Some of the visas that we may handle include:

  • K fiancé(e) visa
  • F-1/M-1 student visas
  • J-1 exchange visitor visas
  • Spousal visas
  • Child, sibling, parent visas

Our immigration lawyers handle all parts of the visa application process with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service) on behalf of applicants.

For more information about our services or to arrange to speak with an attorney, please call 401-723-1122 or e-mail our Rhode Island office.

Employment-Based Immigration

Pawtucket Employment Visa Attorneys

Business Immigration Lawyers in Rhode Island

At the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, office of Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester, LLP, our lawyers understand that a business' livelihood may depend on the employment of foreign individuals. If this is similar to your business' situation, you will likely face immigration issues or difficulties that relate to these individuals and your business.

Our attorneys provide comprehensive representation to companies and sponsoring employers in immigration matters. We are experienced lawyers who understand the many facets of the U.S. immigration policies and procedures. Contact us today to discuss your specific employment visa and business immigration needs.

H1-B Employment Visa

The H1-B non-immigrant visa allows temporary employment in the United States for foreign nationals, who do not otherwise have work authorization to enter the U.S. Each year, there are only a certain number of H1-B visas that are available to individuals seeking first-time granting of an H1-B. These individuals must have at least a bachelor's degree to qualify. Additional H1-B visas may be available to employees possessing a U.S. master's degree, or higher degree. We can assist individuals and businesses in pursuing H1-B visas. After the cap on H1-B visas has been reached, they will not be available until the following year.

Other Business-Related Visas

There are many other different types of business and employment visas that may need to be obtained for your employees, including:

  • H2-B Visa (temporary workers)
  • L-1 Professional Visa (intracompany transfer)
  • B-1 Visa (visitor visa for domestic employees)
  • B Visa (temporary visitor)
  • O (foreign workers with extraordinary ability)
  • E-1/E-2 (treaty traders and treaty investors)

We also assist employers who wish to sponsor foreign nationals for permanent residence. We counsel such clients on the application process for Alien Labor Certifications (PERM), and help them find ways to avoid the labor certification process to obtain permanent residence (green card) for their foreign national employees.

Placing the Focus on Your Business

Throughout the entirety of your case, our attorneys will keep you and/or your business' best interests in mind. We pride ourselves on the strict adherence to standards of legal ethics and professionalism. Our attorneys are responsible, reliable lawyers who will put forth a tremendous effort to see that each and every aspect of your case is examined and thoroughly addressed. We are well organized and maintain updated timelines in each case to ensure that documents are filed and meetings are scheduled within the proper timeframes.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced member of our legal team, call 401-723-1122 or e-mail our Rhode Island office.

U.S. Permanent Residence/Citizenship

U.S. Permanent Residency and Citizenship Lawyers

If you have questions about how to obtain permanent residence status, you want to work with an experienced immigration attorney in Rhode Island who can successfully guide you through the naturalization process. As you know, the immigration system in the United States can be complex.

At Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester, LLP, our U.S. permanent residency and citizenship attorneys work with colleges, hospitals, employers, and families on a variety of immigration-related legal needs. We know that our clients have many needs when it comes to immigration and will meet with you to understand your situation and develop a plan to help you reach those goals.

Experienced Immigration Attorneys in Rhode Island

A person who has a green card is considered a permanent resident for immigration purposes. There are many ways to obtain a green card, including:

Many people get green cards (become permanent residents) through family members. You may be eligible to get a green card if you have:

  • An immediate relative who is a U.S. citizen
  • A family member who has a green card
  • Status as a member of a special category such as a battered spouse or child
  • An offer for permanent employment
  • The ability to invest or start a business that creates new U.S. jobs
  • Been granted asylum in the United States or you are a refugee

There are additional ways to obtain permanent resident status and our experienced Rhode Island immigration lawyers can assist you with determining your eligibility for immigration status as well as other green card legal issues, including adjusting your status.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen Through Naturalization in Rhode Island

When a person wants to become a United States citizen, he or she must first meet the federal eligibility requirements, including:

  • Obtain and hold permanent resident status for at least five years (less in some cases)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have good moral character
  • Show basic knowledge of U.S. history and government
  • Have lived in the United States and maintained a continuous residence for a period of time
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English (there are some exceptions)

Becoming a U.S. citizen allows you to vote, serve on a jury, bring family members to the United States, obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age, apply for federal jobs, become an elected official, become eligible for federal grants and scholarships, and obtain certain government benefits.

Contact Our Qualified Pawtucket Green Card Law Firm

Our Rhode Island immigration lawyers will work with you and handle all parts of your application process with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service). If you would like more information about our services or to arrange to speak with an attorney, contact our Pawtucket immigration law firm or call our office at 401-723-1122.

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Attorneys at the Rhode Island law firm of Blais Cunningham & Crowe Chester, LLP, serve clients in communities including Providence, Pawtucket, East Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Cumberland, Lincoln and Central Falls, Rhode Island.

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