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Based in San Diego, Chula Vista and El Cajon, Immigration Lawyers at Law Offices of Hasbini specialize full service immigration law in immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing, U.S. permanent residence, green card, working visas, H-1B’s, business and investment visas, naturalization, corporate and business immigration, political asylum, as well as deportation and removal matters. San Diego immigration defense lawyer Habib Hasbini and his associates truly understand what it takes to get our clients the legal help they deserve. By remaining open and honest with our clients, we are consistently able to provide the highest quality of care and service. We are familiar with the emotional investment clients make in the immigration process. San Diego immigration defense lawyer Habib Hasbini and his associates combine personal experience, knowledge of the immigration system, and extensive legal experience to provide the immigration services you need. Our clients come from various backgrounds and we work hard to accomplish each of their immigration goals. Our diverse staff represents our true international nature and can accommodate nearly every client. Our international staff speaks Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. San Diego immigration defense attorney Habib Hasbini and his associates have a 9.8/10 Avvo rating and ranked number 1 at and at providing high quality legal counsel for all immigration matters. Few things are more worrying than facing immigration problems. Your future is at stake when USCIS and the Immigration Courts make decisions about your family's right to stay in the U.S. The Law Offices of Hasbini is a recognized leader in immigration law, with the highest reputation in San Diego for helping immigrants resolve their immigration problems. Our staff is committed to bringing immigrant families together, and to keep them here when trouble strikes. Our firm aims to provide the best possible legal representation to all clients. We are proud of the representation that we provide and we value each one of our clients. If you are in need of high-quality legal counsel, contact our firm and see how we can help. The firm's founder, Habib Hasbini, has the critical insights immigrants need in defending their immigration case. With 15 years of experience, Habib Hasbini has the knowledge to successfully navigate his clients through the U.S. immigration system. It is vital that your case be handled by immigration lawyers with your best interests in mind; our attorneys have resolved even the most difficult immigration problems, and earned a hard-won reputation representing immigrants at the cutting-edge of immigration law. Our legal team represents clients like you facing a variety of immigration problems, including: •immigration defense •citizenship & naturalization (N-400/N-336) •deportation defense •bond hearings •immigration court •I-130 family immigration petitions •K1/K3 marriage visas •joint I-751 petitions for spouses •I-751 waivers •deportation & asylum •cancellation of removal and 212(c) applications •waiver of Inadmissibility •asylum & refugee status •criminal immigration problems •federal court immigration litigation •U Visas •VAWA Petitions •permanent residency •expiring I-551 green card •Adam Walsh Act problems We can handle any type of ​immigration problems regarding a spouse of a US citizen within the US, parents of US Citizens, sons and daughters of US citizens, spouse & unmarried children of US residents, married sons & daughters of US citizens, and brothers and sisters of US citizens.Our firm is dedicated to helping individuals with immigration matters when they are visiting the US, and assisting them before the Asylum Office. Law Offices of Habib Hasbini is dedicated to winning the toughest immigration cases. Your case must be carefully evaluated to determine the best legal strategy to assist you and your family . Our offices serve immigrants from all over California, the United States, and around the world in most kinds of immigration defense matters. We are here to help you quickly solve your immigration problems, so you and your family can finally build a future here in the United States. Contact a San Diego immigration defense attorney from our firm to address your immigration legal problem: Head Office Address: 945 4th Avenue, Suite 309, San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 350-3111 Other Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Hasbini locations: •Immigration Lawyer in San Diego •Immigration Lawyer in Chula Vista •Immigration Lawyer in El Cajon •Immigration Lawyer in Los Angeles •Immigration Lawyer in Glendale •Immigration Lawyer in Sherman Oaks •Immigration Lawyer in Inland Empire •Immigration Lawyer in San Bernardino •Immigration Lawyer in Riverside •Immigration Lawyer in Pomona •Immigration Lawyer in Hesperia •Immigration Lawyer in Orange County •Immigration Lawyer in Anaheim FAQ by San Diego Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Hasbini Since 1990, when Immigration Lawyers at Law Offices of Hasbini began specializing my law practice in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, people have asked the questions listed below many times. I hope you will find my answers to these questions to be both interesting and informative: When a person has a legal problem involving U.S. immigration law, under what circumstances should she or he obtain representation of an immigration lawyer? Many people seem to believe that so-called "simple" matters never require the services of an immigration lawyer, that so-called "complicated" matters always require the services of an immigration lawyer, and that everything "in-between" can somehow be weighed on some kind of imaginary scale (which can indicate, perhaps, in shades of gray going from white to black) to determine whether the matter is "simple" or "complicated". Such persons often think a "simple" matter is something such as an application by a person who is visiting from abroad for an extension of time to remain in the U.S. Accordingly, such persons think that this type of a "simple" matter never requires the services of an immigration lawyer. Such persons also often think a "complicated" matter is something such as a deportation hearing in Immigration Court or an "employer-sponsored" application for permanent residence. Accordingly, such persons think that these types of "complicated" matters always require the services of an immigration lawyer. It is very important to understand that, unfortunately, there are many separate government agencies and courts involved with Immigration or Nationality Law matters. Such agencies and courts include: •the Department of State ("D.O.S."), which is in charge of all of the U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world. D.O.S. is also in charge of the Visa Office ("V.O.") and the United States Information Agency ("U.S.I.A."); •the Department of Labor ("D.O.L."), which is in charge of many regional offices, located throughout the United States, of the Employment and Training Administration ("E.T.A."), which has the power to decide whether or not, in its opinion, a person's employment skills are needed in the United States. D.O.L. is also in charge of the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals ("B.A.L.C.A."), which is located in Washington, D.C.; •the Department of Justice ("D.O.J."), which is in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (the "F.B.I.") and the Executive Office for Immigration Review ("E.O.I.R."), which includes the Office of the Immigration Judge ("O.I.J."), located throughout the U.S., and the Board of Immigration Appeals ("B.I.A."), located just outside Washington, D.C.; •the Department of Homeland Security ("D.H.S") and its three separate "bureaus" having jurisdiction over various immigration matters: the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services ("B.C.I.S"); the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("B.I.C.E."); and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection ("B.C.B.P."); and, •the many United States District Courts, the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, and, ultimately, the United States Supreme Court. There are some intelligent, caring people who work at these government agencies. However, during my many years of experience as an immigration lawyer, I have seen first-hand that some of the government employees who work at these agencies are often uncaring, inefficient and extremely bureaucratic. They sometimes lose people's files and documents, and applications can sit on shelves or in drawers for months and, in some cases, even years. Government employees in these agencies sometimes make decisions that are unfair, unintelligent or even, in some cases, contrary to law. Some government employees are rude or incompetent or both. In addition, each separate agency has its own forms, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures, many of which are extremely difficult to obtain. We have seen many "simple" matters turn into nightmares of complications with horrible results. We have seen many "complicated" matters end up, amazingly, being quickly and fairly resolved. Predictions as to what will happen regarding any matter can often be incorrect. Accordingly, We truly believe that no matter can ever be labeled as "simple" or "complicated". Considering all of this, my answer to "When a person has a matter involving U.S. immigration or nationality law, under what circumstances should she or he obtain representation of an immigration lawyer?" is: Always. Obtaining the services of an immigration lawyer always benefits a person in two very important ways: 1.It gives the person more power in dealing with the government than she or he would have without the immigration lawyer; and 2.It increases the probability that the final resolution of the case will be one which is positive rather than negative. There really is no question as to whether or when a person should obtain the services of an immigration lawyer. An immigration lawyer's services should always be obtained. Can an immigration lawyer ever help to speed up the resolution of an immigrant or nationality matter? The sad truth is that very few matters involving U.S. Immigration or Nationality Law are ever resolved quickly. This is the truth regardless of whether or not a person is represented by an immigration attorney. Except under the most extreme and very rarest of circumstances, to help get a matter resolved quickly is not a good reason to hire an immigration lawyer. As mentioned above, the two most important reasons why a person should be represented by an immigration lawyer are (1) to give the person much more power in dealing with the government and (2) to increase the probability that the final resolution of the case will be positive, not to speed up the resolution of the matter. How can a person find out if an immigration lawyer is competent? A competent lawyer can be defined as a lawyer who is effective, knowledgeable, professional, caring, and experienced. Five ways to find out if a particular immigration lawyer has these qualities are: 1.Learn about some of the clients who have hired the lawyer in the past (see a list of many of the employer clients that have hired us in the past); 2.Find out if the lawyer is officially certified as a Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the state in which she or he is licensed to practice law (We are licensed to practice law by the State of California, and we are certified as a Specialist Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and, in addition, we have served as one of the Commissioners on the Board's Advisory Commission on Immigration and Nationality Law); 3.Determine how long the person has been practicing immigration law (We have practiced immigration law continuously since 1990); 4.Find out if the lawyer has ever been disciplined by the state in which she or he is licensed to practice law for incompetent or unethical acts or omissions (We have never been disciplined for any reason). If I have a B-1 visa, how long will I able to stay in the United States? ◦The answer to this question will vary depending on the circumstances of your trip and the extenuating factors of your visa. Typically, if you are entering in the country with a B-1 visa, you will have between six months to a full year. I am looking to adopt a foreign child. How can I make the process as fast as possible? For those who are looking into adoption, but have yet to identify the child that they are interested in adopting, it is recommended that they file an Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. This will allow for the portion relating to the approval of the parents to have been completed by the time the child is chosen so that the adoption process can be expedited. How can I permanently live in the United States? If you are looking to become an immigrant who permanent lives in the country, you need to seek status as a permanent resident. Those who are granted this permission are given what is commonly referred to as a green card. To obtain this status you can either seek a green card through your relatives, through a job, through status as a refugee or one of the other qualifying ways. I'm a foreign national student, studying in the U.S. Can I stay within the country following graduation? To stay in the country following graduation, a student will need to obtain an H-1B temporary worker visa. Typically, graduates who work in a specialty field (such as a medical professional or engineer) will be able to obtain this visa with ease. To ensure that this process moves smoothly, it is recommended that students apply for this visa as early as possible to avoid penalties. San Diego Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Hasbini have more than fifteen years experience in immigration and nationality law. San Diego Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Hasbini represent clients all over the United States and around the world in all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law. Our Office handles the range from Fortune 500 corporations to small and mid-sized companies as well as individuals undergoing the U.S. immigration process. This website provides you with a map illustrating a basic understanding of U.S. immigration procedures as well as updated information on the ever-changing developments in the immigration law. It enables you to evaluate your options through this maze and consider how our Office may serve you best. We look forward to assisting you in realizing your goal of working and living in the United States. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your immigration matter since an experienced San Diego Immigration Lawyer at the Law Offices of Hasbini is just a phone call away. To get accessible and informative legal advice, call today at (619) 350-3111. San Diego Immigration Lawyer Southern California Locations San Diego Immigration Lawyer represents immigrants throughout Southern California. Our Southern California immigration offices assist clients living in the following Southern California communities: Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties), San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Imperial County, Orange County, Santa Barbara County, and Ventura County. Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Hasbini are immigration trial lawyers and immigration appeals lawyers specializing in deportation defense cases. We handle immigration problems such as Deportation and Removal Defense, Immigration Court Hearings, Immigration Appeals, Green Cards, Lawful Permanent Residence, Citizenship, Naturalization, Asylum, Withholding, Violence Against Women Act, BIA Appeals, AAO Appeals, AAU Appeals, USCIS Appeals, Ninth Circuit Appeals, Family-Based Petitions, Fiancee Visas, Fiancee Visas, International Adoptions, Employment-Based Petitions, NACARA, TPS, Convention Against Torture, Registry, U Visas, T Visas and Dream Act cases. Our San Diego, Chula Vista and El Cajon immigration lawyer offices located in San Diego County, routinely help immigrants from Cardiff by the Sea, El Cajon, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Santee, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, and Vista. Our Los Angeles, Sherman-Oaks and Glendale immigration lawyer offices located in Los Angeles County, typically assist clients residing in Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada Flintridge, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes,Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, South Pasadena, Temple City, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier. Our San Bernardino, Riverside, Hesperia and Pomona immigration lawyer offices located in Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside Counties), typically assist clients residing in Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Hemet, Indian Wells, Idyllwild, Indio, La Quinta, Lake Elsinore, Mecca, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Riverside, Rancho Mirage, Romoland, San Jacinto, Temecula, and Wildomar, Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Joshua Tree, Loma Linda, Montclair, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Twenty Nine Palms, Upland, Victorville, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley. An experienced San Diego Immigration Lawyer at the Law Offices of Hasbini is just a phone call away. To get accessible and informative legal advice, call today at (619) 350-3111.

Permanent Residency Lawyer in San Diego – San Diego Permanent Residency Attorney

Permanent residency (the “Green Card”) allows a person to live and work in the United States on an indefinite basis. Immigration Lawyers Immigration Defense have assisted immigrants throughout the San Diego and surrounding areas obtain permanent resident status for years. As a former trial attorney with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), San Diego Immigration Lawyers have unique “insider’s” understanding of the green card process. Based on our extensive knowledge and one-of-a-kind experience, the firm has been rated 9.9/10 by and named “superb in experience, industry recognition and professional conduct”. We understand how important permanent residency is to our immigrant clients and their families, and we are committed to helping them succeed. It is important that you work with an immigration defense lawyer in San Diego who will guide you through the process.

Paths to Permanent Residency

You can seek permanent residency in a number of ways such as:

  • Employment-Based (I-140) Petition: Your employer petitions to have you here in the United States as a worker with valuable or unique skills.
  • Family-Based (I-130) Petition: A U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse, parent, or a U.S. citizen adult son or daughter or sibling, may petition USCIS to bring you here in the United States. Your petitioner must be a citizen or enjoy permanent residency status. In some cases, you would then be able to bring your spouse or minor children with you.
  • Adjustment of Status: If you are already in the country on a non-immigrant tourist, student or employment visa, you may seek adjustment of status to permanent residency through a petition by a relative or potential employer. Consular Processing: If the immigrant is outside of the United States, a qualified spouse, parent, sibling or adult son or daughter mentioned above may file an I-130, and once approved by USCIS, the immigrant may apply for an immigrant visa through the U.S. State Department, and appear for the visa interview at the U.S. consular visa post in the immigrant’s home country. Once the immigrant visa is approved, the immigrant can then travel to the United States to receive pre-approved permanent residency and the green card.
  • Asylum and Refugee Petition: If you have acquired asylum or refugee status in the United States, you may apply for permanent resident green card status after one year in asylum or refugee status.
  • VAWA: Under the Violence Against Women Act, if you have been abused by a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouse, you may pursue permanent residency without your spouse through an I-360 VAWA self-petition.
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) Status: In some cases, non-citizen minors who have been abandoned by their parents or are orphaned and have been adjudicated as “dependent” by a state court may apply for permanent residency as wards of the state or as wards of a legally designated guardian.

Before applying for permanent residency status, it is critical to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney. Immigrants with criminal records and other non-citizens who entered the United States on tourist visas or came in illegally are at serious risk of denial of a green card application. By speaking with us first, we can help you avoid many of the traps set up to prevent immigrants from getting legal residency in the U.S.

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San Diego Marriage Based Green Card Interview Questions Lawyer – Green Card Interview Questions Attorney in San Diego

San Diego Green Card Lawyer – Green Card Attorney in San Diego

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Marriage Based Green Card Interview

As a part of the Green Card process, all adjustment of status applicants filing as the spouse of a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) need to, along with their spouse, attend a marriage interview. The Green Card marriage interview is generally conducted at a USCIS district office. The purpose of the interview is to enable the interviewing USCIS officer to verify that the marriage to a U.S. citizen or LPR is bona fide and genuine and is not a marriage entered into for the sole purpose of gaining any immigration benefits.

At the USCIS office the applicant and U.S. citizen spouse may be interviewed together, or may be questioned separately. Sometimes the interview may also be video-taped. The purpose of the USCIS marriage interview is to identify sham and/or fraudulent marriage arrangements that are entered into for the purpose of immigration benefits. There is no specific list of Green Card interview questions that you may be asked. The flow of the interview is generally dependent on the convincing responses provided by you to the various questions posed by the officials. The Green Card marriage interview is a major aspect in the inspection process, and should not be presumed as simple and easy or as a mere formality.

We have put together some common marriage based Green Card interview questions asked by USCIS officers and tips on how to better prepare for the marriage based Green Card interview.

Green Card Interview Questions You May Be Asked

Listed below are some sample marriage based Green Card interview questions that you may be asked, and some helpful tips to successfully navigate your marriage interview.

Questions About Your Courtship Period

Reflect on the history of your relationship. Be prepared to portray your journey from initial meeting to marriage. First date, subsequent meetings, important events, happy moments, sad moments, disagreements, times spent together, times spent with each other`s family and friends, special gifts, proposal, acceptance, sharing the news with family and friends, etc.

  • Who introduced you to your spouse?
  • When and where did you meet the first time?
  • Could you describe the first meeting?

Questions About Your Wedding

Be prepared to answer questions about the wedding ceremony, reception, guests, interesting or embarrassing events, if any, that happened during the ceremony or reception, what was served, how guests were entertained, did the wedding ceremony have a theme, who wrote the vows, who purchased the rings – how and where, who paid for the ceremony, honeymoon plans, etc.

  • What is the date of your marriage?
  • What day of the week did you get married?
  • Where was the wedding held?

Questions About Your Living Conditions

Be prepared to answer questions relating to your present and past residences where you have lived together, including furniture and appliances, automobiles you have or had, type of residence, how big or small, number of rooms, neighbors, and visitors. Also be prepared to answer questions about job details, work schedules and working conditions, earnings, joint-spending, investments, tax filings, joint bank accounts, financial dealings, mortgages, future plans etc.

If the USCIS officer suspects fraud he or she will go into much more detail. If this is the case you may also be asked to draw a sketch of a particular room or portion of your residence.

Sometimes you may also be asked to show your house keys and tell what keys go to each door.

Describe the place where you lived right after the marriage? Number of bedrooms and bathrooms; furnishings; color of walls, floor covering, appliances, etc; type of air conditioning (window or central), heating (gas or electrical), etc; number of telephones, TV sets etc.

  • Where do you live now?
  • How long have you been staying at the current address?

Questions About Your Lifestyle and Habits

Be prepared to answer questions about each others� general habits, lifestyle, preferences, daily routines, schedules, household chores, favorite pastimes � individual and together, holidays spent together, specific rituals that you follow, shopping habits, food habits, sleeping habits, religious routines, etc.

  • Do you set up the alarm clock to get up in the morning?
  • Who gets up first? At what time?
  • Who does most of the cooking?

Questions About Each Other, Each Other�s Family and Relatives

Be prepared to answers questions about each other�s relatives, friends, family, work place, family gatherings, festival celebrations, family holidays, anniversaries, dates and events of importance, etc.

Be prepared to answer especially about your children, your spouse`s children from previous marriage, parents, siblings, other close relatives, if any, etc.

  • What is your spouse`s full name?
  • What is your spouse`s date of birth?
  • What is the city and country of your spouse`s birth?

Questions In relation to Your Green Card Interview Day

Be prepared to answer questions about how you got to the interview venue, how your day had progressed so far, what happened in the immediately preceding days, plans for the rest of day, immediate future plans etc.

  • Did you or your spouse go to work yesterday?
  • If so, at what time did you and/or spouse leave the house and return?
  • Did you eat dinner together last night? What did you have?


The Green Card marriage interview is a major aspect in the inspection process before being granted a green card through marriage, and keeping in mind this often-abused route for gaining immigrant status, the officials do not make it an effortless process. Immigration officials may also search social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace to investigate your intentions. If a USCIS officer suspects any fraud they may investigate your place of residence and look closely at photographs you supply to determine if they have been altered. It is incumbent on you to prove that your marriage is not solely for immigration benefits.

The Green Card Marriage Interview should not be presumed as simple and easy, or as a mere formality. Though the marriage may be bona fide, there is every possibility that the interview may become a grueling and painful event. The Green Card interview questions asked are designed to determine how well you know your spouse and that you have a bona fide marriage. You and your spouse should spend some time reviewing your entire lives together prior to attending the immigration interview. Even married couples living together for many years may have difficulties remembering all of the facts of their relationship. It is therefore advisable that you and your spouse prepare thoroughly for the interview to limit the stress and anxiety generally associated with a Green Card marriage interview. Finally, take the original documents with you of any document you submitted with your adjustment application.

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