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Dedicated Immigration Law Attorneys Serving Riverside, CA

At Castillo & Associates, the law firm can assist you with immigration law matters in Riverside as well as throughout Southern California.

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Castillo & Associates are highly versed in immigration law. Proudly serving Riverside, California. Todos hablamos Español.

When facing a legal challenge concerning an immigration status, it is critically important to hire a professional Inland Empire attorney who is well-versed in immigration law. With offices conveniently located throughout SoCal, the passionate attorneys at Castillo & Associates are successfully serving the communities of Norco, Corona, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Temecula, Jurupa Valley, Perris, and Hemet. To schedule a confidential fifteen-minute consultation, call the dedicated law firm at  (951) 552-9181. You can also complete the online contact form to speak to a proficient attorney at Castillo & Associates today.

  • Learn how you can earn a permanent residence/green card
  • Recover necessary immigration documents needed to work in the U.S 

In the United States, it is not easy to earn a permanent residency. This is primarily due to the complexity of immigration law. In turn, navigating the complicated law can be daunting. Despite this, the process of obtaining a permanent residence can be simplified when an experienced and proficient immigration law attorney is hired. The immigration law attorneys at Castillo & Associates have many years of dedicated experience. The law firm understands that when attempting to remain in the United States, clients will often face an uphill battle. Consequently, the attorneys at Castillo & Associates are aware that having an immigration issue can be reason for concern and could lead to uncertainty. Castillo & Associates proudly advocate on behalf of those facing immigration law issues.  

Since immigration laws and policy are ever-changing, Castillo & Associates work aggressively to help protect the rights of their clients. More importantly, Castillo & Associates are relentless in the pursuit of deterring family separation at all costs.

Castillo & Associates are well-versed in immigration law and they have many years of exceptional experience handling complex immigration law cases. Ultimately, the law firm has successfully aided clients and their families in every corner of the world. Castillo & Associates are proud to announce that they have aided many clients to remain legally in the country as they continue to work.       

Castillo & Associates is well-versed in a myriad of immigration law matters, including, but not limited to:

  • Naturalization 
  • Consular Processing
  • Permanent Residence
  • Petition for Alien Fiancé
  • Affidavit of Support forms
  • Petition for Alien Relative
  • Green Card & Work Permits
  • Application for Naturalization
  • Petition for Special Immigrant (Wava)
  • Application for Certificate of Citizenship
  • Application for Employment Authorization
  • Petition to Remove Condition of Residence
  • Application Supplement A under Section 245i
  • Application to Request Permanent Resident Card
  • Waiver Application of grounds of inadmissibility
  • Application for Citizenship and issuance of Certificate
  • Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver
  • Legal Permanent Residency based on Close-Relative Relationships
  • Application for an Action on an Approved Application or Petition
  • DACA – Deferred Action for Dreamers (Initial applications and renewal requests)
  • Petition for Replacement of Naturalization/Citizenship Document
  • Application to Register Permanent Resident Status or Adjustment of Status
  • Petition for Replacement or Initial Nonimmigrant U.S. Arrival- Departure Records

Why Hire an Immigration Law Attorney?

Immigration logoThe immigration process can be a life-changing experience for many as the process can affect a person and his or her family for future generations. The immigration system is rigorous and complex, said to be second in complexity, next to the U.S. tax code. Immigration laws are further complicated by the following:

  • Immigration laws are ever-changing. New changes are constantly being made to the system.  
  • Immigration -related services are also always changing and evolving. The steps required to file a petition are revised frequently. With the changes, it can be expected that the forms will also be modified, new fees will be added and there may be new deadlines applied. Additional filing instructions may also be added. 
  • The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services may find it difficult to manage all the new changes. For instance, application forms may not have updated instructions or they could be missing instructions altogether. In addition, government workers may unintentionally provide applicants with false information on how the forms should be filed. 
  • The application can be confusing. Immigration applications can require inferences that only a skilled and experienced immigration law attorney can supply. 

When facing an immigration law matter, it is very important to avoid mistakes as this can lead to new and unnecessary challenges. By hiring an experienced immigration law attorney, saving time and money is possible. 

Determine If the R-1 Visa is Right for You

The United States offers R-1 visas to those seeking a non-immigrant, temporary work visa to be employed as a religious worker. The petitioning worker must be employed for a minimum of 20 hours a week, part-time, by a bona fide not-for-profit religious organization in the United States or a bona fide organization that is affiliated with a religious denomination in the country. 

Foreign nationals can seek an R-1 visa to be employed as a minister or other religious worker, such as:

  • A monk; 
  • A nun; and
  • Religious brother/sister. 

Eligibility Requirements for an R-1 Visa

In order to qualify for an R-1 visa, the petitioner must be arriving to the country solely on a temporary basis and he or she must be employed for at least 20 hours a week or part-time by a bona fide not-for-profit religious organization or an organization that is affiliated with the religious denomination. 

Documents Required to Petition for an R-1 Visa

When petitioning for an R-1 visa, the following documents must accompany the petition:

  • An affirmation from the IRS confirming the religious organization is tax-exempt; 
  • An attestation from the employer, submitted as part of the Classification Supplement to the I-129 Form; 
  • Documents demonstrating how the employer intends to compensate the worker, including salaried or non-salaried compensation; 
  • Evidence demonstrating the foreign worker’s membership of the religious denomination for at least two years before the R-1 visa petition was filed; and
  • Proof that the worker meets the qualifications needed to perform the duties required by the position. 

If the foreign national worker seeks to fill a minister position, the worker will need to submit his or her certificate of ordination along with corroborating evidence demonstrating that he or she meets the qualifications to fill such a position. 

The R-1 visa application can be delayed or denied when the required documents are not submitted. Applicants should expect to submit all supporting documents with their initial application. 

The R-1 Visa Petition Process

Once the Form I-129 has been filed by the religious organization, the following should also be submitted:

  • An IRS letter confirming the organization’s tax-exempt status; 
  • An Employer Attestation, part of the Classification Supplement to Form I-129; 
  • Proof of how the foreign worker will be compensated by the religious organization; 
  • Proof that the foreign worker has been an active member of the organization for at least two years prior to the petition; and
  • Proof that the worker is qualified to perform the duties of the offered position. 

When the worker is seeking to fill the position of ministry, the worker must submit his or her certificate of ordination. In addition, the foreign worker must also provide evidence that he or she meets the qualifications to fill the position. 

R-1 Visa Associated Costs

The cost of petitioning for an R-1 visa can depend on a number of factors. Generally, the following costs should be expected:

  • $460 to file Form I-129;
  • $1,500 to file Form I-907; and/or
  • $190 to file via Form DS-160, the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. 

R-1 Visa Processing Times

The processing time for an R-1 visa can depend on a number of factors and circumstances. For the most up-to-date information, visit the USCIS Processing Times web page. 

Premium Processing May Be Available

Currently, premium processing is available only for employers who have completed a successful on-site inspection in the past. For more information, visit the USCIS website. 

Validity Period for an R-1 Visa

When an R-1 visa has been approved, the initial stay could be approved for a maximum of 30 months. The maximum stay under an R-1 visa is five years. 

Any time a person is outside of the country under an R-visa will not count toward the maximum time allowed in the country. 

Extending an R-1 Visa Status

The R-1 visa may be extended in increments of 30 months for a maximum of five years. The total amount of time a person can stay in the country under an R-1 visa status is five years. 

Any person who stays in the United States longer than allowed to under an R-1 visa status could face deportation or may be barred from returning to the United States. 

Accompanying Relatives 

Only spouses and children of R-1 religious workers may be eligible for admission into the country with an R-2 status. The R-2 status will have the same validity period as an R-1 visa. 

It is important to note that those with an approved R-2 visa cannot apply for any form of work authorization. 

R-1 Visa On-Site Inspections

The United States federal government will conduct on-site investigations to those seeking an R-1 visa. The investigations serve to determine whether the petition is fraudulent or is in violation of any federal regulation.  

Many Decades of Dedicated Experience in Helping Families Fight to Remain Together

Castillo & Associates has proudly helped many clients file a petition for permanent residency or naturalization for their spouses, parents, children, and/or siblings. The dedicated legal team is ready to help their clients resolve their immigration case, no matter if the complicated process will involve an adjustment of status or must be resolved through a consulate process. 

Castillo & Associates focuses on championing for family unity as well as hope. The law firm offers all clients the right legal knowledge, professional guidance, and utmost experience needed to successfully resolve the most challenging immigration case. 

What You Should Know About Family-Based Immigration Visas

Castillo & Associates is a prominent law firm that has handled all types of inquiries that involve visas and family-based immigration. At Castillo & Associates, there are two forms of visas the firm can help you earn. These include:

  • Visas for Non-Immigrants – These visas are generally provided to those seeking education in the United States or are visiting the country as a tourist. They are also provided to those looking to be employed in the country temporarily. 
  • Immigrant Visas – These visas allow foreign nationals to reside in the United States permanently.  

United States Citizenship Applicants

American citizens could file a petition on behalf of immediate relatives as soon as they become 21 years old. Generally, there is no waiting period for visas when the applicant is an immediate relative. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services processes applications as soon as they are received. Those eligible for this  process are:

  • Applicant spouses,
  • Unmarried children of applicants under 21 years of age, and
  • Applicant’s parents. 

Committed to Representing Every Client With Utmost Integrity and Compassion 

Working alongside Castillo & Associates means working alongside dedicated legal advocates. Castillo & Associates are committed to providing every client with top notch professional service. The experienced law firm has an established track record of bringing effective solutions to families all over the world, assisting them in a wide range of immigration concerns. Castillo & Associates is a law firm that is  aware that when facing immigration matters, the issue could be extremely challenging for a family to endure. For this reason, the law firm is committed to handling every immigration case that comes their way with utmost integrity and compassion

Speak to an Experienced Immigration Law Attorney in the Inland Empire

Castillo & Associates is a well-established law firm that represents clients facing difficult immigration matters. The law firm has five office locations conveniently situated throughout SoCal. Castillo & Associates is proud to serve the SoCal communities of Norco, Corona, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Temecula, Jurupa Valley, Perris, and Hemet. 

For Castillo & Associates, your status of immigration is important. To tackle a complex immigration case, you will need a law firm that is well-established and has the resources needed to combat these challenges. Consider contacting Castillo & Associates for premier legal representation.

Contact Castillo & Associates at (951) 552-9181. You can also obtain a complimentary consultation with the firm by completing the confidential contact form here. *Castillo & Associates offers a no-obligation, 15-minute consultation for immigration matters. Following that, a consultation fee will be applied.

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