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The Arizona Immigration Law requires that all employers verify that all new employees are legal residents of the United States. Employers who employ workers that are not authorized to work in the United States could face severe penalties and sanctions. The Immigration Laws do not permit a law enforcement officer to stop an individual just because he/she thinks the person is an immigrant. There must be a legitimate suspicion that the person being stopped has broken a state or local ordinance or law in order for an arrest to be made. There must be enough probable cause against the individual before an arrest can be made without a warrant. Once the arrest has been made, every effort must be taken to verify that the individual is an illegal person in the United States. Once it is established that the individual is an illegal immigrant, that person is then turned over to federal authorities.
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If you are having problems understanding the Immigrations Laws then you need to seek the professional advice of a Mesa Immigration Lawyer for your protection. A lawyer can help you and your family through the legal problems and find the right solutions to protect your rights. An immigration lawyer in Mesa Arizona can help immigrant families stay together while seeking permanent citizenship in the United States. Many immigrants will work in the United States under visas and want to stay once the visa has expired. A knowledgeable Immigration Lawyer can explain all the immigration laws to you, file the proper paper work in the courts, and appear at the proceedings with you in court.
Immigration laws are changing, but an experienced professional Arizona immigration lawyer will devote all the time your case needs for your rights to be protected.
Lawyers have the knowledge and understanding to complete your paperwork on time and present your case properly in the courts.
Q: Do I have any chance in making my wife legal, even though she entered illegally. Will she have to go back to Mexico?
My wife was brought here illegally by her parents when she was about 2 years old between 1988-1989, and has been here since then. We have been together for 8 years and have been married for almost a year now and have a 3 year old son. From what we know she is not in any petition. We are currently looking for an immigration lawyer but haven’t found one yet. One of our main concerns is that she will have to go back to Mexico and in the state the Mexico is right now with all the violence. I don’t want her to go there.
A: Yes, there is a chance of getting a legal status for her, but not likely any time soon. If you are a US citizen, you can file a petition for her, which will probably be approved, but that’s just the first step. To get her green card, she would then need to leave the US and apply for an immigrant visa at the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez.
But — now that she has been here more than 1 year without lawful status, if she leaves the US, she will not be allowed to return for 10 years! There is a waiver of this “10-year bar” but it is very difficult to obtain, and only if your circumstances meet the requirements.
Another possibility is that, if she gets picked up by Immigration and put into removal (deportation) proceedings, she might be able to get “cancellation of removal” which would allow her to remain in the U.S. But that is only a last resort — cancellation is also very difficult to get, and definitely something she should have an attorney’s help with. It is not something you would just “apply for,” unless she were already in removal proceedings.
At this moment, there may not be anything an attorney can do get her lawful status in the near future. But an attorney should be able to explain more about just what her options are, and what obstacles will need to be faced and overcome.
* This answer does not constitute legal advice. I am admitted in the State of Arizona only. This advice is based on general principles of law that may or may not relate to your specific situation. Facts and laws change and these possible changes will affect the advice provided here. You should not rely on this advice alone, and nothing in these communications creates an attorney-client relationship.
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