2002 – A Time to Remember What is Important

Robert L. Reeves is Board certified by the State Bar of California as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist and is the CEO of Robert L. Reeves, a Professional Law Corporation.

With the hectic holiday season now behind us, the New Year brings with it a sense of promise and prosperity. Now is the time for families separated over the holidays due to immigration complications to take measures in the New Year to unite loved ones. For those already here, proper steps should be taken to maintain lawful status or remedying their unlawful status. Bringing families together – and keeping them together – has become the most important priority.

With recent events in this country, immigrants are viewed with suspicion and immigration procedures are being more closely scrutinized. Doubtless it will become more difficult, even for some of the simplest cases. Immigration attorneys specializing in immigration law are critical with today’s increasingly complex and changing immigration laws. Our firm offers a competent team of lawyers who specialize in immigration law. We promise our clients that we will handle their cases with personalized attention, careful planning, and with the goal of winning their case.

Immigrants are often frustrated with the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). Long waits and delays in processing can be emotionally difficult for families who are separated or for those who need to maintain employment and lawful status. Sometimes it is easiest to just sit back and wait until a clear and uncomplicated way to immigrate arises. However, it is not a good idea to let immigration consequences just “happen” to you and your family. Waiting for the situation to become an emergency or for the INS to contact you is not a good approach. The benefits of being a lawful permanent resident or a citizen of the United States cannot be underestimated.

Family reunification and the opportunity for all immigrants to live and work in the United States should be a priority for the New Year. Labor certifications, fiancée visas, adjustment of status, waivers for inadmissibility, and cancellation of removal continue to help persons seeking to immigrate to the United States.

For the upcoming year, persons seeking to immigrate and reunify their families should consider the many forms of relief and other methods that available to them. The events of September 11th indeed may result in harsher immigration laws, but it should not cause persons seeking to immigrate to the United States to shy away. The holidays have given all of us time to reflect on the good things in our lives and to think of ways to help others who have not been so fortunate.

The Law Office of Robert L. Reeves sincerely wishes everyone a happy and successful New Year.