Irene Arfaras Steffas’s Answers

Irene Arfaras Steffas

Marietta Immigration Attorney.

Contributor Level 12
  1. Does Gwinnett County have any sort of pre-trial diversion for a first offense misdemeanor (theft by shoplifting)? No prev record

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Noah Howard Pines
    2. Benjamin David Goldberg
    3. Michael David Barber Jr.
    4. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    5. James Lawrence Yeargan Jr.
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    One thing that is important to remember - even with a pre trial diversion - If you are ever asked if you have been arrested, you must answer yes. On a federal level, this will always show up - even when you expunge the record, the arrest will always so up on an FBI search.

    4 lawyers agreed with this answer

  2. Do I need to report this traffic citation in I 485?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. Colleen M. Glenn
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally, traffic offenses do not have to be disclosed. However, Souonds like you tracked down your record. In an abudance of caution and to show good faith - get certified copies of the folloiwng and submit them with your application. Charging document - what the police officer charged you with Judgment of the court - case dismissed Disposition of the case no file or probation was required. If you can do something easy and be proactive, I think it is always good to be proactive,...

    4 lawyers agreed with this answer

  3. Adoption of US child by Australian Citizen who is married to biological mother residing in Aus and biological father consents?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. Anthony M. Zezima
    3. Glen Edward Ashman
    4. Darrell Brinnett Reynolds Sr.
    4 lawyer answers

    You need to consult with an adoption attorney in Australia. If you and your son have proper immigration status in Australia, then your case should move forward smoothly. The fastest and most economical way to proceed is to locate your ex husband and ask him to sign the proper Australian documents. While doing this, ask him for his Family, Medical and Social History. This will be very important to your son's future. Chances are that your ex husband will voluntarily consent to this adoption....

    4 lawyers agreed with this answer

  4. I would like to adopt a young man that is 28 years old. He came here 4 years ago on a work visa and never went back .

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. Chong Hae Ye
    2 lawyer answers

    You may be successful in adopting the 28 year old young man. Most state laws permit adoption of adults. However, your questions sould as if you are trying to help this person with his immigration issues. When a person is adopted, he does not automatically gain immigration benefits. Under federal law, the adoption must be finalized prior the his 16th birthday. There are additional requirements. However, when an adoption occurs at the age of 18, there is no immigration benefit available,...

    Selected as best answer

  5. How to pass a background check for Immigration Reform?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Carl Michael Shusterman
    2. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    3. F. J. Capriotti III
    4. Samuel Patrick Ouya Maina
    4 lawyer answers

    You have two questions: analysis of your criminal history and Comprehensive Immigration REform. My advice is to sit down with an attorney and review your entire history - whatever you tell an attorney is protected by clent attorney confidentiality. However, an immigration attorney can rereview your specific crimes. Also, there is a possibility of going back to the state court that issued those judgments. Frequently immigration attorneys work hand and glove with criminal attorneys. A crime...

    3 lawyers agreed with this answer

    1 person marked this answer as helpful

  6. Will letter from congressman will work?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. F. J. Capriotti III
    3. Philip Alan Eichorn
    4. Norman Antonio Stiteler
    4 lawyer answers

    I highly recommend that you seek the assistance of an immigration attorney. A congressman or senator cannot tell the consulate how to decide a case. However, they can make sure that your case does not fall between the cracks and also nudge the consulate to make a determination about your case. When cases are problematic or taking too long, I always recommend seeking the assitance from either a congressman or a senator. If you do both - seek the advice of an immigration attorney plus...

    5 lawyers agreed with this answer

  7. Can I obtain information on the location of my cousins who were adopted?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    2 lawyer answers

    If it was a genuine adoption, there is a way. Georgia has an Adoption Reunion Registry. It is free for your uncle to register. Depending on the age of the children, some information may be available. Once the children are 21, they may also sign up with the Registry. The state will coordinate everyone's request. It is a very good idea for everyone to have counseling before a reunion This is also available through the state. Best of Luck,

    Selected as best answer

  8. Petition for married sister, should also file for her husband and under 18 kids at the same time?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. Anu Gupta
    3. Giacomo Jacques Behar
    4. J Charles Ferrari
    4 lawyer answers

    One petition for your sister. There is a long backlog - well over 10 years. When her priority date (date case is logged into USCIS) becomes current, you have to see who is still standing. If she is still married, her husband gets to come. If any of her children are under the age of 21, they will come also. However, all of her children that are over 21 at that time, will not get green cards from your petition. Once she has a green card, she can file for her own children - you guessed it,...

    Selected as best answer

  9. Can I regain my parental rights after I had given my child for adoption.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. Brent Allan Rose
    2 lawyer answers

    The law in the state of Florida is that once you sign the consent for adoption, your consent is irrevocable. Only two ways to overturn your consent, evidence that you signed under fraud or durress. The length of time that has passed, does not stand in your favor. I would encourage you to sign the Florida Reunion Registry. This way when the child is older you have a chance of establishing a relationship. Good Luck,

    Selected as best answer

  10. I want to become a citizen of the United States? I was adopted by American parents from Korea in 1974. I have the perminant resi

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Irene Arfaras Steffas
    2. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    3. David Nabow Soloway
    4. J Charles Ferrari
    4 lawyer answers

    This is really an immigration question. The answer is YES. Because of your age, you were over 18 on Feb 27, 2001, the Child Citizenship Act does not apply. What this means is you are not automatically a US citizen. However, you have had a legal permanent resident for more than 5 years, you are over age 18 and at first glance it appears that you can APPLY for naturalization. I highly recommend that you meet with an immigration attorney to evaluate if you are a good candidate for...

    3 lawyers agreed with this answer