Portland ME Immigration Lawyers

Portland Maine immigration attorneys can be instrumental in complex filings surrounding pathways to U.S. Citizenship, temporary, or specialty visas, and deportation issues.

Portland Citizenship Lawyer.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees certain rights and freedoms to people who are born, or naturalized to be citizens in the United States.  In accordance with 8 USCS §1572, an immigration benefit package is “any application or petition to confer, certify, change, adjust, or extend any status granted under the Immigration and Nationality Act.”  These benefits include granting of U.S. citizenship to those who are eligible to naturalize, authorizing individuals to reside in the U.S. on a temporary, or permanent basis, and providing aliens with the eligibility to work in the United States.


Naturalization is the process one takes to become a U.S. citizen if they are born outside of the United States. There are times when individuals meet certain requirements, allowing them to become U.S. citizens through acquisition. Individuals applying for naturalization to become U.S. citizens must be at least 18 years old at the time of application; be a lawful permanent resident for the past three, or five years (depending on the naturalization category); have continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; be able to read, write, and speak basic English; demonstrate good moral character; demonstrate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government; demonstrate a loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and willingness to take the Oath of Allegiance. Portland Immigration attorneys can assist with the naturalization process and special provisions for U.S. Military members.


Citizenship obtained through relationships with parents either at birth, or after birth before the age of eighteen years when applications for naturalization can occur.

Applying for a Green Card in Portland.

Application for permanent residency to the United States is complex and a Maine green card attorney can assist with its completion, while adhering to applicable laws and requirements. Sometimes individuals may be inadmissible to U. S. Citizenship application, but individual cases may be resolved with the assistance of an experienced Portland immigration lawyer.  During community-acquired illness such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important for applicants to be aware of the importance of the Form I-693 regarding medical examination and vaccine records that must be completed within 60 days of immigration benefits application.  A delay in Form I-693 could cause problems with an application and endanger immigration status.  The Form I-693 is the official report of medical examinations to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services  (USCIS) office and is required to establish that applicants who are seeking immigration benefits are not inadmissible to the United States on public health grounds.

In order for an individual to apply for a Green Card, they must be eligible under one of the following categories:

  • Family of U.S. Citizen including an immediate relative; other  relative; fiancé, or fiancé’s child; widow(er), or abused spouse, child, or parent.
  • Employment as an immigrant worker, physician, or investor.
  • Special immigrant as a religious worker, international media worker, juvenile, Afghanistan or Iraq National, or affiliation with a national organization.
  • Victim of abuse, human trafficking and crime holding a T, or U nonimmigrant visa.
  • Refugee seeking asylum in U.S. after one year.
  • Registry as residing in U.S. since January 1, 1972. 

There are category-specific requirements regarding individual case timelines and the collection of pertinent support documents necessary to obtain a green card for U.S. Citizenship.  Because of the complexities surrounding the paperwork, and negative consequences of late, or improperly completed documents, it is very important to hire a Portland immigration attorney who is well-versed with deportation laws.    

Applying for Asylum in Portland Maine.

Every year people come to the United States seeking asylum, which is protection granted to someone who has left their native country because they have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

If an individual is eligible for asylum, they may be permitted to remain in the United States. A skilled Portland immigration attorney can assist with applications for asylum using Form I-589, Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal, within one year of an asylee’s arrival to the United States. There is no fee to apply for asylum.  Individuals may include spouses and children who are in the United States at the time of filing, or at any time until a final decision is made. Portland Maine deportation attorneys can answer questions regarding asylum for individuals and/or family members.  There have been many changes to the United States Immigration Policy in the last few years, and those changes require the services of a Portland immigration attorney to avoid errors in document preparation that may endanger an approval status.   

Portland Maine Deportation concerns.

In 2019, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations officers arrested approximately 143,000 aliens and removed more than 267,000 in the United States, which is an increase in removals from the prior year.  These statistics reflect ICE’s commitment to identifying, arresting, and removing aliens who are violating U.S. Law, specifically those who pose a public safety or national security threat.

As numbers of deported individuals increase throughout the United States, immigrants and their loved ones may need the assistance of legal professionals who can research their rights on a case-by-case basis, explain the ever changing immigration laws, and advise them on the importance of providing all application support documentation while adhering to the filing times set up by the USCIS. A Portland immigration attorney will be familiar with USCIS regulations that require that a petitioner be given the opportunity to know, and respond to any derogatory evidence, or missing information on their application before a petition is denied.  They can contact the USCIS and make sure applicants know what they need and how to obtain it in order for applications to be filled out correctly and completely to avoid deportation.    

Immigrants seeking citizenship through naturalization, or acquisition and other individuals needing specialty, or temporary visas may have problems and questions regarding U.S. applications. Consultation with Portland Maine immigration attorneys is essential to avoid problems with important immigration law hurdles and applicable filing timelines.