Arcola, Texas Immigration Lawyers

Ruby Lichte Powers
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Experienced and Dedicated Board Certified Attorney. Call Today!

Ruby L. Powers is the founder of Powers Law Group, P.C. located in Houston, Texas, a four-attorney firm focusing on immigration law including waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, deportation, family– and... Read More »
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Armand Jawanmardi
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Texas Immigration Law Lawyer

Houston immigration attorney Armand Jawanmardi is an attorney who has lived through and understands immigration issues on a personal and professional level. Born to an immigrant father, Armand has seen first-hand the... Read More »
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Susham Mahendra Modi
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Former Harvard Attorney and Law Professor By Your Side. Se Habla Espanol.

Susham M. Modi focuses his practice on serving individuals who are dealing with immigration law issues. In addition to his private practice as owner of The Modi Law Firm, PLLC, he was an Adjunct Professor of Law and was... Read More »
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Leena Bhasin
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Pearland, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(832) 860-5074 11200 West Broadway Suite 2743
Pearland, TX 77584
Immigration, Business, Estate Planning and Family
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
This is a full service law firm that provides quality representation for individuals and businesses in the State and Federal trial and appellate courts throughout Texas.
David Minh Nguyen
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(281) 777-1236 9440 Bellaire Blvd.
Suite 226
Houston, TX 77036
Free ConsultationImmigration, Employment, Family and Probate
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Attorney David Nguyen received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Houston. During his undergraduate studies, Attorney Nguyen developed a passion for minority-related issues when he enrolled in a course in African American studies. This course allowed Attorney Nguyen to explore the historical, cultural, political, economic, and social development [or lack thereof] of minorities in the United States.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Attorney Nguyen attended Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, which has been ranked number one in achieving diversification in its student body.

Attorney Nguyen has worked as an Attorney for private law firms and...
Bruce Coane
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(713) 850-0066 5177 Richmond Avenue
Suite 770
Houston, TX 77056
Immigration and Employment
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
Mr. Coane received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors from Penn State University in 1979. He received a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from the University of Houston in 1981, and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United State Court of Appeals in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta and San Francisco. He is also admitted to practice by the U.S. District Court for the Northern...
Ruby Lichte Powers
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(713) 589-2085 5225 Katy Freeway
Suite 300
Houston, TX 77007
Immigration
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Ruby L. Powers is the founder of Powers Law Group, P.C. located in Houston, Texas, a four-attorney firm focusing on immigration law including waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, deportation, family– and employment-based petitions. She is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She attended the University of Texas and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Powers lived and studied in Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, and UAE and speaks Spanish and French. She serves as the AILA Texas Chapter Advocacy Chair and the AILA Media Advocacy Committee as well as the...
Franklin G. Bynum
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer
(713) 343-8844 2814 Hamilton St
Houston, TX 77004
Free ConsultationImmigration, Appeals, Criminal and DWI
University of Southern California
Angelique Montes
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(832) 378-7781 24 E. Greenway Plaza, Suite 1705
Houston, TX 77046
Immigration, Divorce and Family
University of Houston - Main Campus
Montes Law Firm, PLLC is based in Houston, Texas. Angelique Montes is an attorney practicing immigraiton and family law. Born in Houston, Texas to Cuban immigrant parents - she was one of the first in her family to be born a U.S. citizen. Angelique is fluent in both English and Spanish. In January 2011, Angelique began building a law firm from the ground up. From her expereince and knowledge of the law, zealous advocacy, and dedication and ability to work with each individual client personally - as a person and not as a case...
Lee Solomon
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(713) 957-2030 510 Bering Drive
Suite 300
Houston, TX 77057
Free ConsultationImmigration and Business
University Of Arkansas: Fayet
I focus my practice on family immigration matters, so if you are calling about a marriage or fiancee visa, or about obtaining a green card based on marriage to a U.S. Citizen, I will answer your call myself if I am not in a meeting or on the phone when you call. Once I determine from our phone conversation that we can help you, I will meet with you either during the week or on a Saturday or Sunday or Holiday morning so we can discuss the details of your situation and the options that are available to...
Nejd Jill Yaziji
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(713) 481-9490 1001 Texas St
Suite 1400
Houston, TX 77002
Free ConsultationImmigration and Personal Injury
I've been doing civil litigation in Texas courts for fifteen years, and I am a proud board member of several committees of the Houston Bar Association. My practice focuses on the clients' needs and objectives.
Hector J. Lopez
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(713) 532-2110 2401 Fountain View Dr.
Suite 910
Houston, TX 77057
Immigration
University of Houston - Main Campus, Universidad Santa Maria and Universidad Santa Maria
Texas licensed Attorney with over 10 years of experience practicing U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. Substantial experience handling all areas of Employment-Based (EB) immigration, Family-Based (FB) immigration and Non-Immigrant Visa matters. Proven track record of success with a high approval rate of labor certifications cases with the U.S. Department of Labor (200+ approved cases), and more than 2500 combined approvals of various types including both, non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions with USCIS. Mr. Lopez has bold experience handling cases involving IT Consultants and third party placements and Investment Immigration. He also participated in the preparation, review and filing of an EB-5...
Gary ILAGAN
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(713) 772-2300 6588 Corporate Drive, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77036
Immigration
AV-rated, experienced immigration lawyer providing innovative solutions to companies of all sizes and their employees in the healthcare, oil & gas services, engineering, biomedical research, financial services, media, telecommunications, education, entertainment, information technology, industrial services and other industries. Represent individuals in family-based immigration cases.
Kathryn Karam
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(832) 582-0620 4888 Loop Central Drive, Suite 450
Houston, TX 77081
Immigration
The University of Texas School of Law
Kathryn N. Karam is a dedicated and skilled attorney who has practiced immigration law in Texas since 2007. Karam is the founder of The Law Office of Kathryn N. Karam in Houston where she represents clients throughout Harris County facing immigration issues. Before law school, Karam studied Chinese and earned her bachelor of arts in Chinese from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She also earned her certificate in Chinese studies from the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. Karam earned her juris doctor in 2007 from the University of Texas School of Law. ...
Alberto Salinas
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(713) 518-1711 6060 Richmond Ave. Ste. 240
Houston, TX 77057
Immigration, Business and Personal Injury
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Alberto Salinas has dedicated his practice of law to the areas of immigration and business law. He has also been active in offering pro bono services to indigents in Texas.

Mr. Salinas has worked extensively in the areas of business, immigration and nationality law. He has successfully represented clients before the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), as well as through filings with U.S. Consulates around the world. Mr. Salinas has helped many companies and individuals handle an array of immigration cases with a variety of issues including nonimmigrant visas (H-1B, H-2B, E-2, E-3, L-1, P,...
Israel Garcia Jr
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(832) 778-8561 6906 Atwell, Suite 201
Houston, TX 77081
Immigration, Criminal, Family and Insurance Claims
Born and raised in Austin, Texas. I now consider myself a Houstonite. I love Houston, would never live anywhere else. I love the outdoors. I play Tennis regularly, watch a lot of College Baseball, Jog regularly. I carry my Tennis Racket and my Tennis shoes everywhere I go! Always up for it!
Tatiauna J Holland
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(832) 871-5732 2929 Allen Parkway
#200
Houston, TX 77019
Immigration and Business
Southern University Law Center
Tatiauna Holland is the owner and managing attorney of Holland Law Firm, PLLC. Tatiauna opened the Holland Law Firm in 2014 with the idea that real people with real problems want sound, solid legal advice. They want an attorney who can give straightforward solutions. She is determined to not be another attorney in a black or gray suit. She works diligently as an ally and guide through each client's immigration, business, and criminal defense needs. Tatiauna brings a wealth of diverse legal experience to private practice, including personal injury, family, criminal defense, immigration, and business law. Before...
Rachael Aminu
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney
(832) 529-1255 5444 Wetheimer Road
ste 1000
Houston, TX 77056
Free ConsultationImmigration, Arbitration & Mediation and Family
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Rachael Aminu is the managing attorney at Aminu Law Firm, PLLC, a Houston-based legal practice dedicated to family and immigration law cases in personal and business matters and the entertainment field.

She focuses on providing quality legal care and solutions to her clients' cases.

Despite the honors and positive reviews she has received for her dedication and commitment, she remains a proactive in advocating zealously and ethically for her clients' interest in the courtroom and mediation.

Your case will be handled with great care. Contact me for your free case evaluation.

(832) 529 -1255
www.aminulaw.com
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Roxell Ann Richards
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(713) 974-0388 6420 Richmond Ave, Suite 135
Houston, TX 77057
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal, Family and Personal Injury
After graduating from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Roxell Ann Richards decided to pursue her legal career, starting as contract attorney for another firm. After working her way up to an associate at a new firm, she decided it was time to set out on her own path, founding Roxell Richards & Associates, PLLC shortly after. As managing partner, she is dedicated to providing exceptional service to each and every one of her clients. With years of experience on the table, she knows how to handle a wide range of matters, including those involving criminal law, immigration law, personal injury,...
Tuan 'Steven' Pham
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(713) 517-6645 2500 Wilcrest Dr., Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77042
Immigration, Business, Divorce and Real Estate
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Steven Tuan Pham has practiced law in the area of business transaction and commercial litigation, immigration and naturalization law, real estate law, landlord tenant law, and divorce. Specifically, Mr. Pham has extensive experience in the areas of immigration and naturalization law, including having the opportunity to travel to Pakistan to assist in providing US. Immigration Seminars and Consultations. In addition, in 2007, Mr. Pham participated in several high-level discussions with various non-profit organizations and the USCIS in the Houston District Office and in Washington D.C., and effectively advocated for changes regarding immigration and naturalization issues, such as N-648 Medical...
Sunita Thereja Kapoor
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(713) 782-3332 2825 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 361
Houston, TX 77042
Immigration
New York University School of Law
Farah Kamal
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(713) 524-4529 7457 Harwin drive
Ste 200
Houston, TX 77036
Immigration, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
South Texas College of Law
Kamal Law Firm, PLLC is a General Practice Law Firm serving Houston and surrounding cities including but not limited to Sugarland,Humble, Spring, Kingwood,wharton, Richmond, Rosenberg,Woodlands etc. Kamal Law Firm emphasizes on family law(divorces,custody,child support,adoptions,name changes), immigration, business formation, tax matters,bankruptcy. We have two office locations one in SW Houston and second in North Houston.
Ricardo Loredo
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(832) 907-0397 1217 Prairie
Houston, TX 77002
Immigration, Criminal, DWI and Divorce
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer. Handling Misdemeanors, Felonies, State Jail Felonies, DWI, DUI, Probation Violations, License Suspension, ALR, Occupational License, Non-Disclosure, Expunctions.
Serving, Houston, Harris County, Montgomery County, Ft. Bend County, Galveston County, Waller County, Liberty County, Brazoria County, Sugarland, Conroe, Angleton, Alvin, Pearland.
Adriana Rodriguez-Garcia
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(713) 643-7200 5950 Gulf Freeway
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77023
Free ConsultationImmigration and Family
South Texas College of Law
Adriana Rodriguez grew up in Houston’s own East End District. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, Ms. Rodriguez attended South Texas College of Law in Downtown Houston where she obtained her law degree.

As a child, Ms. Rodriguez observed friends and family deal with constant difficulties that stemmed from their legal issues.

She knew then that she wanted to be an attorney to help others better deal with their legal problems. As an attorney of Abogado Aly Team, Ms. Rodriguez wants to help you know your rights and stop you from being taken...
Lucio Antonio Montes
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(713) 526-4999 7324 Southwest Fwy
Ste 905
Houston, TX 77074
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Elvira Villareal
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 2 years experience
(713) 643-7200 5950 Gulf Freeway
Suite 200
Houston, TX 77023
Free ConsultationImmigration and Family
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Elvira Villarreal was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Houston-Main Campus and her Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

She is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Villarreal originally began her legal career as a paralegal at Abogado Aly, PLLC. Throughout her years as a paralegal, Ms. Villarreal recognized the importance of informing clients of their legal rights.

It was the constant interaction with clients who were not familiar with their legal rights that solidified her desire to become an attorney. As an attorney, Ms....
Ms Tolulope Orobola Kuteyi
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(713) 784-2906 7111 Harwin Drive, Suite 267
Houston, TX 77036
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal, Family and Personal Injury
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Tony Ray Bertolino
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(713) 225-7474 723 Main Street, Suite 220
Houston, TX 78701
Immigration, Appeals, Employment and Family
South Texas College Of Law
Tony R. Bertolino is the Managing Partner with Bertolino LLP who is available to handle a diverse set of legal needs for his clients. His featured areas of representation include; trial and appellate litigation in both state and federal courts, debtor and creditor issues, business formation and contracts, and disputes regarding construction law. He also has experience working with clients on matters concerning entertainment and sports law, for which is he licensed as a Talent Agent and a Sports Agent in the state of Texas, as well as real estate, internet litigation, bankruptcy, legislative and governmental affairs, family...
Shandon Cuong Phan
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney
(281) 407-5622 11205 Bellaire Blvd, Ste. B-31
Houston, TX 77072
Immigration, Business, Criminal and Family
Shandon Phan is Founder and Managing Attorney of the Shandon Phan Law Firm, which represents and counsels individuals, families, and small businesses in the areas of business law, family law, criminal defense, and immigration. Attorney Phan is one of the few Vietnamese attorneys working on the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, representing a large group of individuals and businesses affected. During law school, he was twice selected for Moot Court and served on the Moot Court Executive Board, as Litigation Fellow, International Law Student Fellow, President of Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and...
David A. Breston
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(713) 224-4040 405 Main St
Suite 1050
Houston, TX 77002
Immigration, Cannabis Law, Criminal and DWI
University of Texas Law School
At the David A. Breston Law Office in Houston, we have represented over 3000 clients in the field of criminal defense. From DWI to drug crimes and white collar crime, regardless of the offense, we believe that everyone deserves fair representation. Contact our office today for a free consultation and see how we can protect your rights.
Marjorie Ann Murphy-Morgan
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(832) 564-3804 3355 W. Alabama Street
Suite 1090
Houston, TX 77098
Immigration, Employment and Family
I focus my practice in the areas of employment discrimination, family, and immigration law. On the employment front, I passionately and aggressively represent employees with claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, retaliation, and/or unfair wage practices against employers. It is unfortunate, but the reality is that, sometimes, employees still face discrimination and other unfair and unlawful employment practices. I believe that employers who violate employees' legal rights should be punished. I believe that employees should be treated equally and without regard to their race, age, gender, religion, pregnancy-status, or national origin. I also believe an employee should not be...
Joseph Kyle Verret
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(281) 764-7071 3000 Wilcrest Drive
Suite 230
Houston, TX 77042
Immigration, Criminal, DWI and Family
Kyle's practice focuses on representing clients before courts and administrative agencies in immigration and criminal law matters. Kyle is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law.
Victoria Slater Giambra
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(713) 357-1630 10665 Richmond Ave., Suite 192
Houston, TX 77042
Immigration
University of Houston - Main Campus
Yi Chen Kuo
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(832) 998-9983 10080 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 220
Houston, TX 77072
Immigration, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Keon Arjmandi
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(800) 209-2912 5100 Westheimer Rd. Suite 200
Houston, TX 77056
Immigration
South Texas College of Law
Houston Texas Based Immigration Attorney specializing in Green Cards, Naturalization, Employment and Investment Based Visas, and Family Based Petitions.
Alma Garcia
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(713) 224-4040 405 Main Street
Suite 1050
Houston, TX 77002
Immigration, Criminal, DWI and Juvenile
South Texas College of Law
As an associate at the David A. Breston Law Offices, I specialize in the practice areas of criminal law, dwi defense, juvenile crimes, and immigration. Regardless of the crime, everyone deserves representation, and when you come to our office, we will fight tirelessly to secure your rights. Call or visit our website today to set up a free consultation.
Mehdi Cherkaoui
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(281) 946-9466 1200 Smith Street
Suite 1600
Houston, TX 77002
Free ConsultationImmigration, Business, Consumer and Employment
Texas Southern University
We are a full service civil litigation firm with a focus on business and consumer law. We also handle immigration cases including business and family petitions and deportation and removal.No matter what legal troubles you’re facing, our staff is sensitive to your circumstances and are here to help. Let our wide range of business and civil legal services bring your issue to a prompt and satisfactory conclusion. We are passionate about what we do and the difference we make and we handle each clients' case as if it were our own.
Christina Wanies-Guirgis
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(832) 582-8331 9555 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S.
Suite 130
Houston, TX 77099
Free ConsultationImmigration, Appeals, Employment and Family
South Texas College of Law
Christina Wanies-Guirgis studied government and politics at St. John’s University in New York, New York, and received her law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. As a Houston native, Christina has a personal connection to the community, and her loyalty is reflected in her representation. She served as an Article and Note Editor for Currents: International Trade Law Journal, and holds memberships in several esteemed organizations, including: Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA) Houston Bar Association (HBA) State Bar of Texas
Linda Vega
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(713) 784-5252 6666 Harwin #320
Houston, TX 77036
Immigration
The George Washington University Law School
Linda Vega is an attorney who practices in the areas of Business Immigration and Family Immigration. She was previously a Wage and Hour Investigator for the Department of Labor is knowledgable in representing companies before the Department of Labor in wage and hour investigations and H1-B violations. Ms. Vega also is knowledgable in Non-immigrant visas and Permanent Visas.
Busayo Fasidi
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(281) 903-4473 10039 Bissonnet St.
Suite 214
Houston, TX 77036
Immigration and Business
University of Houston - Main Campus and University of Ibadan
Craig Lee Pena
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(832) 833-6595 1314 Texas Avenue #1001
Houston, TX 77002
Immigration
Whittier College
Founding his immigration and asylum law firm in 2006, Craig Pena has dedicated his legal career to helping individuals attain their American dream. The legal process associated with this law is very adversarial arising all sorts of emotions. This is why it is crucial procure an attorney you can trust to effectively handle the legal matters so that in the very least, you can have the peace of mind knowing that all is being done on behalf of your well-being. Call his practice, Craig L. Pena Law Offices and let Craig and his team take on your case with the...
Pegah Rahgozar
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(832) 792-3636 2825 WILCREST DR
STE 515
Houston, TX 77042-6041
Immigration, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Houston - Main Campus
Adan Vega
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Houston, TX Immigration Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(713) 527-9606 122 Tuam St
Houston, TX 77006
Immigration
The University of Texas School of Law
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are components of the Department of Homeland Security and handle the processing, enforcement, and adjudication of U.S. immigration matters. U.S. immigration laws treat persons as either citizens or aliens. The law classifies aliens according to immigration status, with each group afforded different rights and obligations, such as the right to reside in the United States, the right to sponsor relatives, and the right to work in the United States. Aliens may be lawful permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), immigrant visa holders, temporary lawful visitors, or undocumented persons.

Immigration lawyers represent persons seeking visas or green cards, which allow them to enter or remain in the United States. Two common types of visas are employment-based visas and family-based visas. Employment-based visas grant a non-U.S. citizen the right to work in the United States. Spouses and children may sometimes accompany employment-based immigrants. Family-based visas confer lawful permanent resident status to a foreign national based on an immediate relationship to a U.S. citizen.

Immigration attorneys also handle deportation/removal, naturalization (citizenship) and asylum matters. Because immigration proceedings are often complex, an immigration attorney is invaluable to those dealing with immigration issues.


Deportation/removal: The formal removal of an alien from the United States when the alien has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. Removal (formerly called deportation) is ordered by an immigration judge without any punishment being imposed or contemplated.

Lawful permanent resident: Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant.