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Consulting an Iranian immigration lawyer is your best option if you are from Iran and interested in migrating to the United States. Whether you are immigrating through a job,  marriage, or an immediate family member, an Iranian immigration lawyer can best advise you on your immigration options and enable you to find the right immigration pathway. Let’s explore how you can best migrate to Iran and how an immigration attorney can best assist you in the process. Especially given the complex challenges against Iranians intending to immigrate to the United States, it is beneficial to discuss your options with an Iranian immigration lawyer who is most familiar with issues related to Iranians.

Here at Yemi Getachew Immigration Law Office, our Senior Attorney, Madia Aghaansari Nasrabadi, is an Iranian immigrant herself with years of experience in immigration cases that can take your worries away and fight for you through these complex processes.

Iranian immigration in the United States

The history of Iranian immigration in the United States dates back to the early 1900s. People from Iran were present in the States in small numbers during the 1920s. Beginning in the late 1940s, more immigrants from Iran began arriving. These immigrants were mostly international students with some tourists and other professionals.

Later, the Iranian Revolution culminating in the fall of the Persian dynasty and the establishment of an Islamic republic in 1979 contributed to migration in larger numbers. During this time and the Iran-Iraq war which took place from 1980-1988, middle and upper class Iranians began to arrive with several minority groups like the Armenians. Iranian students who had migrated to the U.S. stayed in the country following graduation.

In a span of twenty years between 1980 and 2000, the Iranian population in the U.S. more than doubled. In 2019, there were a total of 385,000 immigrants from Iran living in the country. Over many years, the Iranian-American community has grown to occupy employment positions successfully in many sectors including health, education, government, and more.

Types of immigration options available to Iranians

There are several ways in which you can move to the U.S. from Iran. Here we shall explore five of those options. Since the procedure of applying for and securing immigration through either method is intricate and time-sensitive, working with an immigration attorney familiar with Iranian cases can help you manage the process better.

Family-based immigration 

Many immigrants obtaining permanent residence in the U.S. achieve the same through family-based immigration methods. There are two categories of family-based visas including immediate relative and family preference. Each of these categories provide for individual application processes, so it is vital to determine in advance which of them would best fit your case. If you need assistance with determining your eligibility, speak to an immigration attorney. Iranians, especially Iranian males, might face challenges when applying for an immigrant visa or Green Card, particularly when it comes to compulsory military services. Therefore, it is best to speak to someone familiar with Iranian culture and cases in particular.

Fiance visa

K-1 visas are nonimmigrant visas available to foreign individuals who are fiancés of U.S. citizens. According to law, people having the K-1 visa have 90 days from the day of their arrival in the U.S. to marry the U.S. citizen sponsor. Following marriage, the foreign national  is required to apply for an Adjustment of Status petition to change status to that of a permanent resident. All recipients of the K-1 visa are required to meet certain eligibility criteria for an immigrant visa.

Diversity visa

The Diversity Visa program was established by the Immigration Act of 1990. Starting in 1995, about 55,000 immigrant visas are made available in a lottery held every year. The goal of the lottery is to diversify the immigrant population in the U.S. Applicants from nations having lowest rates of migration to the country in the last five years are typically selected in this process. More information about the Diversity Visa process can be found here.

Returning resident

A returning resident visa is a special type of immigrant visa. It is available to a permanent resident or a conditional resident who has stayed outside the U.S. for more than a year and wishes to return to his or her unrelinquished residence in the U.S. Such individuals require a new type of visa to enter the U.S. and maintain permanent resident status which is available through the returning resident visa.

Why should you consult an Iranian immigration lawyer?

Entrusting your immigration case to an Iranian immigration lawyer can enable you to acquire knowledge about your case and file applications within fast-approaching deadlines. An immigration lawyer can help to file your petition with USCIS, respond to requests for more evidence, and participate in your immigration interview. An Iranian attorney can prevent your application from getting rejected by applying due diligence and scrutiny while preparing your petition.

Types of services you can get from an Iranian immigration lawyer

The constantly-evolving nature of immigration laws in the United States can have a profound impact on your life and those of your loved ones. Consequently, getting a personalized legal perspective can help you to maximize the chances of securing immigration through the proper category. An immigration law office can provide many services that you can benefit from if you are considering immigrating from Iran.

You can get assistance with filing non-immigrant visas like student visa, exchange visitor visa, tourist visa, etc. You can also find assistance with immigrant visas explored above. In addition, you can apply for travel ban waivers, apply for naturalization and citizenship, and adjustment of status to permanent resident. Other services like renewing or acquiring a new Iranian passport and getting records like birth certificates and death certificates may also be obtained.

Iran immigration services at Yemi Getachew Immigration Law Office 

Many immigrants from Iran opt to settle in California which presently has the largest Iranian immigrant population in the U.S. If you are looking for an Iranian  immigration attorney in the San Jose area, contact our Senior Attorney Madia Aghaansari Nasrabadi at  Yemi Getachew’s Law Office. She speaks fluent Farsi and understands the culture and unique complications in Iranian cases. For more than two decades, attorneys at Yemi Getachew’s Law Office have helped thousands of families and individuals with successfully settling their immigration cases. Their diverse team has many years of experience with handling complex immigration matters. For more information, you can directly reach out to them!