Immigration and Naturalization

Yakima Law immigration / naturalization assistance:

Family Based Petitions / Green Cards / Visa Applications

We know that it can be a downright confusing matter to even figure out where to begin or what forms to file. Jodi Mumford has over 10 years of experience helping families navigate the immigration system. Yakima Law can help you figure out how to start your applications and how best to resolve any difficulties along the way.

Contesting removal hearings / deportation defense:

Removal & Deportation in Yakima, Ellensburg, and the Valley

Sadly, in our current climate the risk of removal or deportation is on the rise. Yakima Law cautions everyone that even courthouses and other formerly safe spaces could have danger lurking. We understand that in these uncertain times, it is vitally important to have someone who can protect your rights, and make sure that you are protected. Jodi Mumford has over 10 years of experience dealing with removal and deportation hearings. She will stand with you to make sure that you are given the best chance to fight for your rights and keep you with your family.

Does DACA still apply? Gaining and maintaining your status:

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals ('DACA')

At this time, USCIS has been compelled by the court to accept new DACA applications. Unfortunately there is no word as to whether the applications will be reviewed at this point. We believe it is vital that you take advantage of this window of opportunity to apply for DACA. If you have already received your status, the current climate means that protecting your current DACA status and renewing it timely is gravely important. Yakima Law can help you make sure that your DACA status is renewed timely. We can also help ensure that any issues that could jeopardize your status are taken care of so that you can rest easy. Crimes like significant misdemeanors can spell the end of your DACA status unless you take quick action, Yakima Law is here to help.

Who Qualifies For DACA

The basic requirements for DACA is available to anyone who is:

  1. Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  2. Came to the US while under 16 years of age
  3. Entered the US before June 15, 2012 and continuously resided in the US (some absenses may be excused)
  4. Have graduated high school, obtained a GED or have been honorably discharged from the military.
  5. Not have been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor.

Proving all of these factors, and addressing any negative history or criminal convictions can be quite challenging. From obtaining your immunization records, to school records, and explaining any issues, it is vitally imporant to have an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the process.

What if I am suffering from abuse? VAWA Applications:

Violence Against Women Act ('VAWA')

Under Title IV of US Federal law, VAWA allows for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other offences to speak out and not be penalized for breaking the cycle of violence. Yakima Law can help victims find their voice and get the safety they need while fighting to ensure that this will not negatively impact their immigration status. Jodi Mumford has been working for years to provide Yakima, Kittitas and the surrounding areas with answers to stop the violence and to give her clients hope. Yakima Law can help prepare a safety plan, litigate your domestic violence case and also address your status so that you can be free of the cycle of control and violence.