Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Why do I need an immigration lawyer?

A: In the complex and ever-changing landscape of U.S. immigration, having an experienced immigration lawyer representing your case may mean the difference between remaining in the U.S. or returning abroad. Attorney Mendoza has ample experience with the practicalities of the U.S. immigration system, allowing her to navigate its substantive and procedural challenges on her clients’ behalf by filing timely and complete applications and petitions.

In addition, as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and current Chair of CT AILA, Attorney Mendoza is well positioned to stay appraised of all the latest trends and developments in the field, allowing her to provide up-to-date advice to her clientele.

Q2: What's the difference between a green card and U.S. citizenship?

A: A green card (lawful permanent residency) allows you to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely, while U.S. citizenship grants additional rights and responsibilites, such as voting and obtaining a U.S. passport. We can guide you on the eligibility requirements and help you weigh the pros and cons of both options based on your personal circumstances.

Q3: Can I appeal a denied immigration application?

A: Sometimes. In some cases you can appeal a denied application or petition. The appeals process can be complex and time-sensitive. In certain cases even where appealing is an option, it may not make sense strategically. We can evaluate your case and advise on the best course of action to most efficiently and effectively achieve your U.S. immigration goals.

Q4: What’s with all the acronyms? What do they mean?

A: USCIS: United States Immigration and Citizenship Services

Agency under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that processes all visa petitions for immigration benefits

CBP: United States Customs and Border Protection

Agency under the direction of DHS that processes all international entries into the U.S.

ICE: United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Agency under the direction of DHS that enforces the immigration laws

DOL: United States Department of Labor

Agency that determines the minimum wage for a specific occupation in the geographic area of employment relevant to H-1B visas and PERM-based green cards

DOS: United States Department of State

Agency under the direction of the Department of Foreign Affairs that processes all visa applications at US Embassies and Consulates globally

Please reach out to request a consultation, make an inquiry, or for other assistance.

We currently work with companies and individuals throughout the United States and around the globe. Regardless of your geographic location, we are equipped to assist you with your immigration and citizenship needs seamlessly.

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