AILA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the national bar association for attorneys practicing immigration law in the United States. All attorneys at HECHT & SMITH, LLP are members of AILA.

Worldwide human rights reports

We are proud to represent people who are seeking asylum in the U.S. because they are afraid to return to their country. We represent those applying for asylum with the CIS as well as those who are applying for asylum in Immigration Court.

More Information on Asylum

Official website of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

US Department of Justice Home Page.

United States Department of Labor Home Page.

We represent clients who are in removal or deportation proceedings both in Immigration Court and, for appeals, with the Board of Immigration Appeals. We also have experience representing clients with immigration-related matters in federal court, the U.S. District Court of Oregon and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

More information on Deportation & Removal Proceedings

United States Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Home Page, including Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) information.

We represent clients who would like to sponsor their relative to become a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.. U.S. citizens may apply for their spouses, parents, and children, including married sons and daughters. Lawful permanent residents may apply for their spouses and unmarried children. For spouses, parents, and children under 21 of U.S. citizens (Immediate Relatives), there is an unlimited number of visas available. However, for applicants in the other categories, the Department of State issues a limited number of visas each year and applicants may be waiting for several years before becoming a lawful permanent resident.

More information on Family-Based Immigration

The K-1 Visa is available to fiancées of U.S. citizens who are coming to the United States to get married within 90 days of arrival. The K-2 Visa is available to the children under 21 of the fiancée.

More information on Fiancé & Fiancée Petitions

United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor – Human Rights Reports

The Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act was passed in 1997. One section of this law allows for certain citizens/nationals of Guatemala, El Salvador, and some eastern European countries who entered the U.S. and filed asylum applications by a certain date and who have been continuously residing in the U.S. for at least seven years to apply for permanent residence in the U.S.

More information on NACARA

After being a lawful permanent resident for five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen), a permanent resident may apply to become a naturalized citizen of the U.S. Applicants must meet physical presence requirements in the U.S. and show good moral character. They must also be able to speak, read and write English and demonstrate their knowledge of the history and government of the U.S.

More information on Naturalization & Citizenship

Website:Jobs and other employment information.

Information about Oregon law and the legal system.

Links to United States Embassies and Consulates Worldwide.

United Nations Home Page.

Information about refugees and asylum seekers throughout the world.

Official website of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs – Visa Bulletin.

There are various waivers that applicants for permanent residence may need to apply for with the CIS or the Immigration Court. Waivers may be needed for criminal convictions, unlawful presence or for previous immigration violations.

More Information on Waivers

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