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US family-based immigration laws are relatively generous compared to many countries.  Immediate relatives of US citizens are not subject to any quota and may quickly immigrate to the United States or legalize after overstaying a visa, even for years.  The 1997 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) did make things much more difficult for foreign nationals who enter the United States illegally, who reenter after deportation, commit crimes, or engage in immigration-related fraud.

Quotas do force very long waits for some spouses and children of permanent residents and also for more distant relatives like married sons and daughters and brothers and sisters of US citizens.  The countries most impacted by quotes in both employment and family immigration are India, China, Philippines and Mexico.

Special programs are available for fiancées, adopted children, and other special family members and family relationships may support defenses to deportation under certain circumstances.


The employment-based immigration system is designed to protect the wages and working conditions of US workers by imposing minimum wage levels, for example, and requiring employers to seek out qualified US workers for open positions and claim to have been unable to find any before filling jobs permanently with foreign workers.  Unfortunately, it is questionable whether some of these union-era protections work.

Budget cuts and a preference for appearances over reality has resulted in a system primarily concerned with the appearance of worker protections (much like our current FDA or USDA are primarily concerned with the appearance of healthy, safe food and drugs).  Increasing reliance on self-policing employers tasked with calculating an appropriate statutory wage, or recruiting for an open position increases the likelihood of both moral hazard and an Orwellian climate of fear where employers are unable to know if they've "done it right" until an audit when they may be patted on the back, or fined $1 million and debarred from hiring foreign workers for years.

With a proven track record, we analyze the situation and provide the most promising resolution. Our conscientious team is highly skilled at handling these types of cases.


Deportation is the result of immigrants entering the United States illegally or you are not a citizen and have committed a serious crime. Deportation occurs when the federal government formally removes an alien for violating immigrant laws and consequently, an alien is no longer allowed to return to the United States, even as a visitor.

Deportation defense is apart of Immigration law whereby an attorney can defend you from being deported.  Having legal representation is your right.

At the law offices of Tania T Pham, we work with you on determining the best resolution. We work effectively and diligently to help you overcome your challenges with the best possible outcome in mind.  Our expertise in deportation laws allows our team to excel at our trail work and provide you with the optimal solution such as the cancellation of removal, waivers of inadmissibility, motions to suppress, adjustment of status, humanitarian relief or temporary protected status (TPS), depending on your situation.

Our end goal is to keep you in the United States with your family, whether that will be getting you legal status now or ten years from now. 



U.S Citizenship can be granted to foreign citizens through the process of Naturalization. We assist our clients on becoming citizens of the United States.

At the law offices of Tania T Pham, we will review all citizenship applications carefully with our clients to take advantage of opportunities to shorten the path to citizenship. Our experienced team will provide you recommended actions to take, prepare you for the process and educate you on the naturalization process. Our goal is to get your citizenship with minimal foreseeable challenges.

We will review your application for any potential immigration problems so that you will not be at risk of being put into the lengthy process of removal proceeding.

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