Helping Families with Their Immigration Needs

A Tennessee attorney who wants what is best for you and your family

The two most common ways to immigrate into American involve work and family. Family immigration allows people from around the globe to obtain green cards through the sponsorship of a family member here in Tennessee. At our firm, we help families unite by working with immigrants who sponsor others and seek sponsorship themselves. Patrick Slaughter guides you through the process, advises you regarding the forms, and thoroughly explains your options so you and your loved ones can move forward in your new life in America.

Permanent residency and visa options

If you already live in Tennessee (or any state in America) and you are a U.S. citizen, you may file a Petition for Alien Relative: I-130 on behalf of your:

  • Spouse
  • Siblings, as long as you are at least 21 years of age
  • Parents, as long as you are at least 21 years of age
  • Unmarried child under the age of 21
  • Unmarried child over the age of 21
  • Married child of any age

If you are a permanent resident of the U.S., you may petition for your spouse or your children only.

There are different categories for family-based immigration visas, and your circumstances will determine which category is best for you to choose. We can help you reach that decision by explaining the different options available to you. We also help you with the I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

Extenuating circumstances

You may also petition on behalf of a battered child under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and widow(er)s of citizens or permanent residents, as well as people born to foreign diplomats who are in the U.S. at the time. You may also petition for a K-1 Fiancé(e) visa if your husband or wife-to-be lives in a foreign country. These are very complicated petitions, and it is best to discuss these options with us rather than attempt to navigate them on your own.

Why you need a lawyer to help with the forms

When you send your application, petition or forms to the visa processing center, you are placing your future in the hands of a person who handles literally hundreds of applications just like yours in a week. These men and women are trained to look for errors, omissions, or other problems that will result in your application being denied. A skilled immigration attorney knows what they’re looking for in your application, and can help you avoid making the type of mistake that can have your petition denied.

We understand that the immigration process can be overwhelming. Patrick and our staff helps you make sense of it all, so that you can make informed decisions about your future. We offer you patient guidance through the process, and an easy-to-understand explanation of your role as a petitioner. If problems arise along the way, we advocate aggressively on behalf of you and your family to ensure that you can remain united. You don’t have to worry about not getting the answers you need; Patrick always returns your call (even during evening hours) so that you’re never in the dark.

Learn more about the family immigration process

Patrick Slaughter and our team help protect immigrants and their families. We know what is necessary for a successful petition, and offer guided, practical counsel to clients throughout Tennessee. Please call 865-637-6258 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with an immigration lawyer you can trust.