Philip C. Curtis’s Answers

Philip C. Curtis

Jackson Immigration Attorney.

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  1. How long would it take for my husband to get a green card.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Philip C. Curtis
    1 lawyer answer

    The real problem here is not how long it will take but how to deal with the problems created by your husband's illegal entry to the U.S. Under U.S. law anyone who enters illegally and stays more than 180 or 360 days is barred from returning for 3 or 10 years respectively. You can file an immigrant visa petition for him but he will have to return to Guatemala and apply for the visa there. Because the bar applies on reentry he will also have to apply for a waiver of the bar. These are...

  2. Family Members for immigration?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Philip C. Curtis
    1 lawyer answer

    It depends on the age of the children. If they are young enough they can apply as dependents of the principle immigrant. The same is true of the spouse. Usually this is included on the immigration form at the time of filing. You may need to file an amended application depending on the situation. This is not a simple problem so I would suggest you contact an immigration attorney.

  3. Terminating a lawyer

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Philip C. Curtis
    2. John M. Kaman
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally speaking you should be able to terminate your attorney at any time. The rules regarding client fee agreements and termination of the attorney client relationship vary from state to state but I am sure your attorney would be entitled to a reasonable fee for her services. The other issue you may face in this case is that you may have to request permission from the judge to change attorneys if the trial date is coming up. This is especially true if it is a complex case.

  4. Immigration

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Craig Edward Kennedy
    2. Philip C. Curtis
    2 lawyer answers

    Craig is right on point. I would just add that it is extremely important for your friend to find outstanding criminal and immigration counsel. If the criminal matter is still pending there is a lot a good criminal/immigration attorney can do to fashion a plea that may help your friend avoid removal.

  5. Imigration laws

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Carol L. Edward
    2. Philip C. Curtis
    2 lawyer answers

    What type of visa did he have? Sometimes people obtain work visas and then while in the U.S. either change or extend their status. During the extended status the actual visa may expire and these individuals must obtain a new visa at the foreign embassy abroad in order to return to the U.S. There really isn't enough information provided in your question to give you a firm answer. Maybe post some more information...