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The Law Office of Hugo C. Castro
200-A Monroe Street, Suite 305
Rockville, Maryland 20850

 

Phone: (301) 977-4433

 

Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 12pm

As an immigrant I understand much better than my American-born colleagues how important is for foreign nationals to obtain lawful immigration status in the United States. For that reason I strongly advocate my clients’cases because I have been in their shoes while many others attorneys have not.

My immigration law practice covers all the United States and U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world.

I am an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

I am also constantly updating in all the laws, regulations, jurisprudence and policy guidance that govern the complex and ever-changing world of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality laws.

I represent individuals to accomplish their immigration goals for themselves or their relatives. I also represent businesses that want to bring or sometimes retain foreign nationals to supply their work-force needs.

I have state of the art technology and software in immigration forms and case management to provide you with an outstanding service that leads to better results.

I understand that facing an immigration process either to obtain a work visa, work authorization, “green card”, naturalization, asylum or to go through a deportation/removal process can be a stressful experience that affects the life and expectations not only of yourself but also of your family and friends. That is why I take a very serious commitment to all my clients to advocate their cases with the most complete dedication and professionalism.

What do I do if immigration knocks on my door and I am undocumented or someone living in my house?

If you are undocumented do not think that because of that you have no rights. Yes you do!

Most of the times immigration police knocks people’s house doors in the middle of the night when everyone inside is sleeping. You are not required to open the door of your house to any authority unless they bring a search warrant.

Do not think that immigration police officers will be lenient with you and your family if you open the door. Before opening the door ask them if they have a search warrant. If they say yes ask them to pass it underneath the door. Immigration detainers are not search warrants. A search warrant must be signed by a local judge and identify the exact place of the search (your house). If you confirm they brought a valid search warrant you need to open the door. Nobody is required to disclose any information to the immigration police officers but their names and nothing else. Nobody is required to answer any question to admit alienage. Do not show them any foreign ID or document like birth certificates, passports, foreign driver’s licenses or national identification cards.

Many people asked me, what if they arrest me for not answering their questions? Not answering a question is not probable cause to arrest. If you are arrested only for that reason, that arrest is illegal and it can be challenged immediately in court.

Be aware that a deportation/removal order is not a search warrant. Only local state judges (not immigration judges) may issue search warrants. If immigration police brought no search warrant do not open the door and ask them to leave.

Most of the times immigration police do not get search warrants because they are very used that people easily open their doors.

What do I do in case of an immigration raid if I am undocumented?

Only tell them your name. You are not required to answer any question related to alienage. Do not disclose that you are undocumented, that you are not a U.S. Citizen or that you were born abroad. Do not answer those kind of questions until you consult an attorney.

Do not show them any foreign ID or document like birth certificates, passports, foreign driver’s licenses or national identification cards.

What kind of immigration cases do I take?

Because of my reputation I receive complex cases from a wide variety of immigration matters like the following ones:

  • “Green Card”process either through relatives’petitions and employers’petitions.
  • “Green Card”process for foreign-nationals of extraordinary ability, outstanding professors and researchers, certain multinational executives and managers (EB1) and investors (EB5).
  • Removal of conditions for conditional permanent residents.
  • Consular processing with the National Visa Center (NVC).
  • Naturalization/U.S. Citizenship process.
  • Automatic and Derivative U.S. Citizenship (Certificates of Citizenship).
  • Deportation/Removal proceedings.
  • Cancelación de Deportación/Remoción para residentes permanentes y algunos no residentes permanentes.
  • Requests of Favorable Discretion to avoid deportation/removal.
  • Motions for Bond.
  • Appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).
  • Petitions for Review to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Asylum, Withholding of Removal and Protection Against Torture.
  • NACARA.
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“Green Card”for some minors victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment).
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
  • Work Authorization.
  • Advance Parole (Travel Permit).
  • Work Visas.
  • Investor Visas.
  • Change of non-immigrant status and extension of current status.
  • Waivers of Grounds of Inadmissibility (Pardons).
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (“Green Card”for some victims of domestic violence).
  • U and T visas (Visas for victims of some crimes and human trafficking).
  • S visas (Visas for important witnesses of certain crimes).
  • Cuban Adjustment Act.