Immigration Law

Our office is dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant communities in the Bay Area. We offer professional and cost-effective legal representation to individuals and families in a full range of immigration matters, but focus on the following areas:

ASYLUM

Foreign nationals living in the United States, who are afraid to return to their country of origin, may be able to obtain lawful status in the United States through the asylum application process. Generally, asylum applicants must be able to show that they fear returning to their countries of origin for one or more reasons, including: race, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, political beliefs, and membership in a particular social group.

At Miller & Washington, we conduct an in-depth initial consultation to determine whether or not you may be eligible for asylum in the United States. We provide full-service legal representation, from the initial consultation to the filing the application with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

By working closely with you during the initial preparation of your application, gathering of supporting evidence, drafting of declarations, and doing any necessary legal or background research, our attorneys and staff help ensure that your application is complete and thorough.

PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND FAMILY-BASED VISAS

We provide full-service representation to foreign nationals who are interested in pursuing family-based applications for immigration benefits. We take great pride in assisting local families reunite with their family members. And, we are dedicated to exploring all of the potential options for our clients who are interested in immigrating to the United States or bringing their family members here.

We assist with applications under all of the family visa categories, including immediate relatives, family preference categories, and more specialized categories like K and V visas (which are designated for the fiancés of U.S. citizens or the spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents).

Our attorneys and staff will work with you from the consultation to the filing of your visa or permanent residence applications, and any necessary consular processing paperwork.

EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION

Foreign nationals living in the United States may be required to apply for an initial employment authorization document (“EAD”) or renew their previously-issued EAD on an annual or bi-annual basis.

With the assistance of an experienced legal team, you can be sure that your application is filed with the required documentation and in a timely manner so that you are able to continue working in the United States without interruption.

NATURALIZATION

For our clients who are eligible to apply to become United States citizens, the process can be daunting. We assist in the process of naturalization from the initial consultation to determine eligibility, to the application process itself, including representation at an interview with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.

U-VISAS

At Miller & Washington, we are committed to helping foreign nationals who are the victims of violent crime or other forms of abuse. We offer legal representation for individuals who qualify for status via the U-Visa process. This particular visa category allows for applicants to remain in the United States for up to three years, with an eventual path to lawful permanent residency, but requires the assistance of law enforcement.

Our attorneys and staff will assist eligible clients in the application process, including the preliminary gathering of evidence, preparation of the application forms, and correspondence and coordination with law enforcement.