20 E. Poplar Suite 202
Walla Walla, Washington 99362
Firm: Hernandez Immigration Law
It is not wise to send petitions or applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) without knowing for certain that the request will be approved. Not only can you lose large sums of money, but you can even put yourself at risk for deportation proceedings. If the case is complicated by prior criminal history or immigration problems, it may require extensive research that only an attorney can do. Wendy will draw from her years of experience and training to review your immigration case, answer questions, and give you advice regarding how you can be successful in your immigration case.
Below is just a sampling of the work we do and the type of cases we take. Each case is different and requires the experience of an attorney like Wendy Hernandez to determine the best approach.
When U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents file petitions for family members, there may be many years of uncertainly until Visas become available. Wendy can advise you on when and how to proceed with an application for green card and manage the stressful work of providing correct documents, sponsor information and either presenting the case at a U.S. Consulate or at a Regional Immigration Office. If your case requires a Waiver for Unlawful Presence at a Consulate in a foreign country, Wendy will work with you to provide the extensive documentation USCIS expects so that your time away from your family is no more than necessary.
When people are â€œpicked upâ€ for deportation, the family often is thrown into a state of panic, and too frightened to attempt to stop the deportation. In cases where there is serious prior criminal history or immigration problems, the person may be deported before there is any opportunity to stop it. But in many cases, it is possible to obtain the personâ€™s release on bond and then fight the deportation in court. Call our office to ask Wendy to go to work immediately to assist.
Sometimes, people are placed in deportation proceedings with a court date in the future. You want an attorney who has the expertise and experience to obtain permanent immigration relief, if that is at all possible. Wendy has won numerous court cases of this sort.
Maintaining Permanent Resident Status and Applying for Citizenship:
It may seem that a simple application to renew a green card or become a Citizen is uncomplicated and does not require an attorney, but do you know if your law violation, your travel, or your financial situation could make you ineligible? If you are not, your Immigration fee will not be refunded and you could put yourself at risk of being placed in Immigration Proceedings. Wendy can provide the advice you need to be sure you are successful and safe.
People who Entered the U.S. without Documents or Stayed beyond their Visas:
While most undocumented people must wait for Immigration Reform, there are people who may be eligible for Immigration Relief and do not know it. These may include victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes, spouses of U.S. Citizens, abandoned children, and others. You can trust Wendy to provide confidential, accurate information as you plan for your future.
There is a $100.00 initial consultation fee due at the appointment time. You are under no obligation to continue your case with our office, however, if you do, the consultation fee will be credited to the total cost of your case.
What to bring to the Consultation:
In order to use your time effectively, we will need to review any documents you have such as:
?Any previous Immigration paperwork
?Proof of your entry into the U.S.
?Your passport, I.D.
?Your birth and Marriage Certificates
?Any other documents you believe might be helpful
If you needed medical treatment that would change your life, you would want to pay a physician who had the experience and expertise to care for you. Similarly, you do not want to take a chance on your life here in America or that of your family member. Immigration cases are time-consuming and require specialized knowledge. For this reason, legal representation is expensive. If needed, we will work with you to establish payment plans so that payment is possible for your family.
You may find Hernandez Immigration Law fees somewhat lower than those of other immigration attorneys. This reflects our commitment to provide excellent representation for Walla Walla community members at an affordable rate. Fees vary according to the complexity of the case. We will discuss fees at your initial consultation so that you know what to expect.
As a long-time member of the Walla Walla Valley, Wendy was always interested in the Immigration problems experienced by the agricultural worker families who built the Valley. Then, while in law school, she had an opportunity to work as an intern for Columbia Legal Services, representing children in Immigration Proceedings. It seemed to be divine intervention, when she was asked to develop an Immigration Clinic at World Relief Spokane in 2004. As the only Legal Services Immigration Clinic in this part of the Northwest, World Relief provided legal services for hundreds of people each year. Many law students were able to learn Immigration law under Wendy's supervision. At World Relief, Wendy represented immigrants from around the world, many of them refugees from such places as the former Soviet countries, Africa and Burma. She successfully represented a wide variety of Immigration cases, among them Asylees, people in deportation proceedings, family petitioners, Citizenship applicants, and victims of domestic violence. A satellite clinic in Walla Walla from 2005-2009 allowed Ms. Hernandez the opportunity to come â€œhomeâ€ to practice Immigration Law on a part-time basis, representing the people who inspired her to learn Immigration law.
Affiliations & Memberships:
Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Washington Bar Association (WBA).
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Alan M. Schiffman
Leif Harrison Kleven
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