Types of Cases

The Law Office of Ellen F. Driver LLC handles exclusively immigration cases.  The list below includes the most common types of cases, please call (617) 876-5600 for more information.

GREEN CARDS/PERMANENT RESIDENCE THROUGH FAMILY

U.S. citizens can petition for their spouse, minor children, parents, married or unmarried adult children, and siblings.  Lawful permanent residents can petition for their spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children.  There are extreme variations in wait times depending on the family category you are in, from several months for spouses, minor children, and parents of U.S. citizens (a category known as immediate relatives) to approximately 13 years for siblings of U.S. citizens.  We can help you apply for your green card here in the U.S., a process known as adjustment of status, or through a consular office abroad.

K-1 FIANCÉ(E) VISAS

U.S. citizens can file a petition for their fiancé(e) who is living abroad and the couple has to agree to get married within 90 days of entry on the fiancé(e) visa.  We can help you decide whether is makes sense to file a petition as a fiancé(e) or to get married first and file the petition as a spouse.

I-751 REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS ON RESIDENCE

We can assist with I-751 petitions to remove conditions on residence including joint petitions by married couples and waivers by divorced individuals, and whether you are applying with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or before the Immigration Court.

DEPORTATION

We handle all types of deportation (removal) proceedings in the Immigration Court (Executive Office for Immigration Review, or EOIR), including Cancellation of Removal for permanent residents with criminal convictions, defensive asylum applications, adjustment of status in proceedings, waivers of inadmissibility, I-751 in proceedings, abandonment of permanent residence, and Cancellation of Removal for non-permanent residents.

WAIVERS

We represent individuals applying for waivers of inadmissibility (including for criminal convictions, immigration fraud, unlawful presence) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Court, and consular offices.

NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP

We handle naturalization applications, including for people who have criminal charges or convictions.  We also handle derivative citizenship cases to determine if a child automatically became a U.S. citizen (either at birth or when a parent naturalized), or if an application for citizenship can now be submitted on behalf of a child.

ASYLUM

We handle affirmative asylum applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Office and defensive asylum applications with the Immigration Court.  We also assist asylees to petition for  family members and later to apply for permanent residence.

VAWA

Certain individuals who have been the victim of violence by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse may apply for permanent residence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  This law protects both men and women who have been victims of violence.

U VISAS

Individuals who have been victims of certain crimes in the U.S., and who have been helpful to law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of those crimes, may be eligible for a U visa.

SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS

Children who are unable to reunify with one or both parents due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect may be eligible to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

ADDITIONAL IMMIGRATION APPLICATIONS

We represent individuals in various immigration applications including Reentry permits, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).