Immigration Law 101

The Law Offices of Armendariz & Holguin serves El Paso and surrounding areas, as well as represents individuals from all areas of the country and those living abroad.

U.S. Immigration law is governed by the U.S. Constitution and the immigration laws enacted by the U.S. Congress. While Congress has broad powers to enact immigration law it does not mean that non-citizens already in the country and those seeking to be admitted do not have any rights. Your legal rights depend on several factors. An El Paso attorney like those at Armendariz & Holguin can help guide you through the process and advise you of your rights.

There are generally two categories of visas. Nonimmigrant visas allow someone to be in the country on a temporary basis. Immigrant visas allow someone to live and work in the country on a permanent basis.

At Armendariz & Holguin, located conveniently on the U.S. border in El Paso, Texas, we have the expertise to help you navigate the complex immigration process to help you secure the status you seek.

Adjustment Of Status

Although it may seem daunting, the U.S. immigration laws allow certain individuals to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. There are various eligibility requirements for adjustment of status. The experienced immigration attorneys at Armendariz & Holguin can help you determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements and help you submit the necessary paperwork to apply for adjustment of status.

Applying For Citizenship/Naturalization

Naturalization is the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. The general eligibility requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization include being a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen. You must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of U.S. history, civics and government and be able to speak, read and write English unless you qualify for an exemption. You must have also been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months prior to submitting the naturalization application.


Asylum allows certain immigrants seeking protection from persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group to avoid being returned to their country of origin. Being close to one of the busiest ports of entry in the country provides the attorneys at Armendariz & Holguin experience on immigration matters other immigration attorneys seldom have.

Applying For Residence Status From Outside The Country

Some immigrants must process their applications for lawful permanent residence from outside of the country. Our immigration law firm has years of experience in navigating the bureaucracy of consular processing from many parts of the world. Call us today to help guide you through this process.

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

At Armendariz & Holguin we have worked tirelessly in El Paso, Texas to help many individuals who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since it was created in 2012. There has been much litigation related to DACA but the attorneys at Armendariz & Holguin can help you assess your case and submit the necessary paperwork if you qualify.

Family And Marriage-Based Immigration

Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens may petition for immigrant family members through the family-based immigration statuses. Depending on whether you are a lawful permanent resident or a U.S. citizen, you can petition for different immigrant family members to come to America, including adopting foreign-born children.

The Fiancé(e) Visa

U.S. citizens may petition for their fiancé and their child(ren) to come to the country to be married. At Armendariz & Holguin we can help you with the fiance visa process as well as help your fiancé apply for permanent residence after you have been married in the US.

Halting Deportation

If you are facing removal from the United States, it is important to seek the legal advice of immigration attorneys like those at Armendariz & Holguin as quickly as possible. Depending on your particular situation, we will seek to halt your deportation and help you begin the process of legally remaining in the country. Our El Paso based immigration attorneys will be by your side during the bond and removal proceedings, and also handle appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Student Visas

Pursuing an education in American schools is allowable under the student visa programs. Enrolling and being accepted into a full-time academic institution is generally the first step. Once accepted into the school, you can begin the process of applying for a student visa to attend classes. At Armendariz & Holguin we have successfully helped many foreign students achieve their educational dreams.

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