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How can you help your chances of being able to take part in the American Dream? Regardless of your reasons for choosing to come to the United States, there are few things other than your family, job, health, and well-being that are more important than ensuring your ability to stay.You are proud to live in the U.S., and we are glad you are here. But along with the clearance to live and work in this great country comes a complicated world of paperwork and laws that is often difficult to navigate. This can be especially challenging when you are facing a language barrier or serious legal roadblocks.
You do not need to travel this road alone - Jim Hacking can help
Attorney Jim Hacking has been practicing law since 1997 and helping people in the St. Louis area with their immigration issues for many years. Jim has dedicated his practice to helping clients navigate the immigration bureaucracy and has developed a reputation for assisting those who have waited too long to gaining permanent residency and citizenship in this country. When can a skilled immigration attorney like Jim Hacking help you?
When you have you exhausted all your options
When you are facing deportation
When you are tired of wasting time and hope to speed up the process
When you have an employee or family member who needs a visa
When you are overwhelmed by all the paperwork, bureaucracy and delays
Based on his extensive experience in fighting immigration cases both at USCIS and in the federal Immigration Court, Jim wrote The 10 Biggest Immigration Mistakes People Make. This book is available, for free, to anyone trying to handle the immigration process.
Focusing his practice on immigrant visas for those who wish to stay in the United States for longer periods of time, attorney Hacking has helped his clients with issues such as: AsylumIf you face persecution back in your home country, you may be eligible for asylum in the United States. Don't go it alone. Find out how you can greatly increase your chances of success while trying to stay in the United States through a well-crafted asylum application.Citizenship / NaturalizationYou came to the United States many years ago through a family or employment visa or as a refugee or asylee. You worked hard and eventually obtained lawful permanent resident status. You have waited the required time period and are ready to move ahead towards become a full U.S. citizen. Two pieces of advice: (1) don't wait any longer and (2) don't go it alone. Learn how our firm can help you with this process.</p>Deportation DefenseIf you or a loved one is facing deportation back to your home country, it could be for any number of reasons. Since the 9/11 attacks, we have seen an increase in the number of people deported from the United States, and we are willing to help you fight this process so that you can stay in the country. The Hacking Law Practice can help you with your deportation defense in several ways. Jim will advocate on your behalf in the deportation case itself. If a challenge needs to be made to the underlying factual basis of the deportation proceedings, for instance a criminal charge, Jim can go back to the criminal court and try to obtain a more favorable disposition. If your case needs to be appealed, Jim's experience as a litigator and appellate advocate will serve you well.Employment visasAs your company grows, you may want to hire foreign workers to help your company take the next step. Under current immigration law, you can apply for a nonimmigrant visa so as to allow that individual to come to, or remain in, the United States. Later, you can sponsor that person for permanent resident status. Find out how instituting an intelligent visa strategy can help maximize your chances of success at USCIS.Family Based VisasYou are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in the U.S. and you would like to bring a family member to this country. Find out what you need to know in order to understand the visa process. Increase the chances of success by making sure you follow USCIS policies and procedures as best you can. Find out how here. Green Card - LPR StatusObtaining lawful permanent resident ("LPR") status, or a "green card", is another step towards citizenship. In many cases, it is more difficult to obtain LPR status than citizenship. Read about the various ways that you may be eligible for a green card and to find out how the Hacking Law Practice can help you with that important task.Immigration Delay LitigationHave you been waiting too long for naturalization or for your green card? Our clients tell us that InfoPass appointments, calling the USCIS 1-800 number and sending letter after letter does no good when trying to get USCIS to act on an application. Learn how asserting your rights in federal court can lead to the one thing you want - action - from USCIS. Back to Top The Hacking Law Practice, LLC helps individuals and families who need help with U.S. citizenship, legal residency, deportation, and other immigration issues in the St. Louis area and across Missouri and Illinois, including:St Louis City; St. Louis County; Jefferson County; St. Charles County; Madison County, IL; St. Clair County, IL; Columbia and Rolla, MO; Champaign, IL; Kansas City, MO; Chicago, IL; all other cities and counties in Missouri.The choice of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.
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