It’s no secret that the American immigration system is complex and confusing. Application processing times have reached one year or longer for many immigration benefits, and a single mistake with your petition can send you back to the starting line.
That’s why you need an experienced immigration law attorney in your corner who’s willing to aggressively push your case. Whether you’re filing an initial petition, responding to requests for additional information, or trying to appeal a rejection notice, your chances of success are astronomically higher with the help of an attorney.
Meet the Top Immigration Law Team in Scottsdale: Pace Rawlins and Mala Bajpai
When you choose to work with JacksonWhite Law, rest assured that you’ll have access to the best immigration law team in Scottsdale. Our attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants bring a depth of experience to the table, and we’re passionate about helping our clients achieve their immigration goals.
Attorney Pace Rawlins leads our immigration law team, leveraging 10+ years of experience in immigration law to deliver the best results for his clients. Rawlins prides himself in breaking down communication barriers, as he’s fluent in Spanish and English, proficient with Portuguese, and even speaks some Arabic.
The immigration law team at JacksonWhite Law is uniquely positioned to help clients of every nationality and language. Give us a call today at (480) 626-2388 to meet the team yourself, or tell us about your case and schedule a free consultation.
Offering the Full Suite of Immigration Law Services in Scottsdale
The Scottsdale immigration law team at JacksonWhite has experience with every aspect of the American immigration system. Whether you’re filing an initial petition, preparing for an interview, replying to a request for additional information, or stymied by a rejection letter, we’re here to help.
Here’s a list of the most common types of cases that we handle in Scottsdale:
- Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident (aka green cards)
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
- Family petitions
- Investment, business, and employment-based immigration
- Naturalized citizenship
- Removal proceedings (aka deportation)
- Visa petitions
Don’t see the service that you’re looking for? Don’t worry. See our services page for a full list of the legal services that we can provide, or give us a call to discuss your case.
Need Assistance Obtaining a Visa?
Our Scottsdale immigration law team is here to help with any type of visa application. From immigrant visas to non-immigrant visas, students to employees and family members, our experienced team knows how to maximize your chances of obtaining the visa that you’re looking for.
It’s best to enlist the help of an immigration attorney before filing your initial petition, but it’s never too late. If you’ve received a request for additional information, or worse, a rejection letter, give us a call today to see how we can get your application back on track.
Deportation and Removal Proceedings in Scottsdale
It’s safe to say that deportation may be the greatest fear for every immigrant in the United States. Unfortunately, today’s volatile political environment means that the threat of removal proceedings are greater than ever.
While anyone with an immigrant or non-immigrant visa who is in violation of the terms of their visa are at risk of being deported, the current administration is focusing on three specific types of cases for deportation. You’re considered a “high risk” for removal from the United States if you fall under one of the following circumstances:
- You are an undocumented immigrant (i.e. you entered the country unlawfully)
- You are a non-citizen with an arrest conviction on your criminal record
- You are a non-citizen with a prior removal order
The best time to address the risk of deportation is before you’re taken into custody, but it’s never too late. In the right circumstances, even a non-citizen who has been taken into custody may be able to successfully defend against their deportation with the help of an experienced attorney.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
If you were brought into the United States unlawfully as a child, you may be eligible for protection under the DACA program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. While the program is under attack, current and previous enrollees are still eligible for renewal.
That said, the atmosphere is unstable and it’s unsure how long it may continue. If you need to renew your DACA within the next 12 months, call us immediately to take action before new legislation or court decisions further jeopardize the program.
Adjustment of Status, Green Cards and Naturalization
It’s safe to say that naturalized citizenship is the ultimate goal of every immigrant in the United States. If you have your eyes set on taking the oath of citizenship one day, give us a call today to discuss the road to naturalization.
Assuming you’re already in the United States legally, the first major step in the path to citizenship is usually an Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident — commonly referred to as “green card status.” You’ll need to be a green card holder for several years before you’re eligible to apply for citizenship, so it’s best to start this process as soon as you’re eligible to avoid wasting time.
Work-Based Visas in Scottsdale
Visas that are tied to American businesses and employment in the United States are common, but they take careful coordination with your employer. If you’re employed in the United States for an extended period of time, you’ll likely need to file several petitions to extend your visa, too.
Your employer may have processes in place to assist you with your work-based visa, but it still helps to have your personal attorney look things over to ensure your best interests are preserved. This is especially valuable if your employment ends, and you find yourself scrambling to find new qualifying employment before you’re forced to leave the country.
In addition to helping private clients with their work-based visa applications, the immigration law team at JacksonWhite specializes in helping employers with their side of the process. If you’re a business owner or HR manager who needs assistance obtaining and maintaining work-based visas for your employees, give us a call today to discuss how we can ease the process for you.
Applying for an E-2 Investment Visa?</h4.
Investment visas are often lumped in with work-based visas, but they come with a unique set of eligibility standards and requirements. In a nutshell, these specialty visas are available to non-immigrants (i.e. short-term visitors) who are visiting the United States to evaluate investment opportunities or work for an investment vehicle company.
If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, investor, or prospective employee of an investment vehicle company, give us a call today to see if your unique situation qualifies for an E-2 Investment visa.
Application Denied? You May be Eligible for a Waiver
USCIS offers a number of waivers for petitioners who may not normally qualify for immigration benefits. For example, immigrants who overstayed their visa, non-citizens who are arrested, and anyone who misrepresented or committed fraud on their USCIS application.
Waivers for such offenses aren’t automatic, but they’re certainly possible under the right circumstances. With the help of an experienced immigration law attorney, you may be able to convince USCIS that mitigating factors such as immediate family ties to US citizens or lawful permanent residents, active involvement in your community, and a steady job history merit a waiver.
While it’s true (though inadvisable) that you can file most USCIS petitions on your own, filing a waiver is not something you should tackle on your own. The result of a failed waiver is often removal proceedings (aka deportation), so there’s no margin for error.
If you need a waiver to renew your visa or green card, give us a call today to discuss your eligibility and how we can piece together a personal profile that proves to USCIS that you deserve the immigration benefits that you’re applying for.
Petitioning USCIS on Behalf of Family Members in Scottsdale
US immigration law seeks to protect family unity as much as possible, though the protection only applies to family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents (aka green card holders). US citizens are able to petition for immigration benefits on behalf of a spouse, child, parent, or sibling, while lawful permanent residents may petition on behalf of a spouse or unmarried child.
In either case, the petitioning family member will need to provide ample evidence of the familial relationship. Even then, the family relationship alone isn’t enough to guarantee the application will be approved. You may need to financially sponsor the applicant, and you’ll still need to prove that the applicant is lawfully able to enter the United States.
Whether you’re petitioning on behalf of your spouse, child, parent, or sibling, having a good attorney at your side can mean the difference between your family member living in the United States and being denied entry.
Schedule a Confidential Consultation with an Immigration Attorney in Scottsdale
Every interaction with our immigration law team in Scottsdale is confidential and protected, so you’ll never have to worry about putting yourself at risk by speaking with us by phone, communicating via email, or visiting our office in person.
When you schedule a confidential consultation, our team will listen to your concerns and ask questions to understand your unique situation and future goals. Based on that understanding, we’ll discuss your options moving forward, and explain how our team can improve your chances of a successful outcome.
Remember, our team prioritizes breaking down communication barriers by speaking multiple languages, making the process easier and far more comfortable for non-English speakers.
To schedule your confidential consultation, give us a call today at (480) 626-2388.
Just a Few of Our Clients’ Reviews
“Attorney Pace Rawlins and his assistant Gabriela Badalamenti were very supportive and guided us with the citizenship process. They both and their team are very knowledgable and helpful that made our naturalization process effortless and easy. JacksonWhite Law is an excellent law firm and all of their attorneys have an experienced and professional background that ensures the client gets the best service. I would 100% recommend them to anyone looking for an attorney.”
Sima Bhensdadia, AZ
“Pace Rawlins and his team at Jackson White Lawfirm was amazing! We are very happy with their work on our greencard petition. They were great at keeping us up to date with everything. We definitely will work with this team again for the US naturalization. Great staff and amazing team to work with! We wholeheartedly recommend Pace Rawlins and his team!”
Adelina G. Lidya, AZ
JacksonWhite Law’s Immigration Law Office in Scottsdale
JacksonWhite’s Scottsdale office is situated in the heart of Scottsdale, on the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and East Valley View Road.
Address: 5635 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 170, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Phone number: (480) 626-2388
Government Immigration Offices, Detention Facilities, and Courthouses Near Scottsdale
Your case may require you to contact or visit a government office or courthouse. Or if you are detained by immigration authorities, you may be taken to a holding facility. Our immigration law team is familiar with all of the following locations.
Immigration Field Offices
- ICE Phoenix Field Office – 2035 N Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004
- USCIS Phoenix Field Office – 1330 S 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Immigration Detention Facilities
- La Palma Correctional Center – 5501 N La Palma Rd, Eloy AZ 85131
- Eloy Detention Center – 1705 E Hanna Rd, Eloy AZ 85131
- Florence Correctional Center – 1100 Bowling Road, Florence AZ 85132
- Central Arizona Corrections Center – 1155 North Pinal Parkway, Florence AZ 85132
- EOIR Immigration Court Phoenix – 250 N. Seventh Ave. Suite 300, Phoenix AZ 85007
- Florence Immigration Court – 3260 N. Pinal Parkway Avenue, Florence AZ 85132
- Eloy Immigration Court – 1705 E. Hanna Road Suite 366, Eloy AZ 85131
- Tucson Immigration Court – 300 West Congress Suite 300, Tucson AZ 85701 (oversees La Palma Correctional Center)
Other Government Resources
- EOIR Immigration Court information System (get case information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) – (800)898-7180
- ICE’s Online Detainee Locator System
- USCIS Form Submission Lockbox – P.O. Box 21281, Phoenix AZ 85036 (click to see forms submitted to this address)
You Cant Trust Scottsdale’s Top Immigration Law Attorneys
If you need assistance with your USCIS petition or immigration court proceedings, the immigration law team at JacksonWhite Law is here to help. We care deeply about our clients, take pride in helping them reach their immigration goals, and are ready to aggressively defend your rights.