Immigration benefits for military families

Hanes & Bartels July 18, 2014

We work with clients from all over the country — indeed, all over the world! But because our office is located in Colorado Springs, we’ve been fortunate to assist many clients from our local military facilities.

Colorado Springs has a major military presence. It’s a big part of our economy and our city’s culture and history. Our largest facility is Fort Carson (U.S. Army) and we have enjoyed helping many soldiers there to become U.S. citizens and to bring their loved ones here from overseas with fiancée, spouse, and children’s and parents’ visas. But we have also assisted military servicemembers and veterans from Petersen Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. And we think it’s only a matter of time before someone from NORAD under CheyenneMountain gives us a call!

As immigration attorneys, we have options to help our military members that aren’t available to the civilian population. For example, active-duty members of the military can naturalize (become U.S. citizens) without having to wait for many years like civilians, and without having to pay the high government filing fees. They can also sponsor their family members without having to show the same high level of income as civilians. And in one of my favorite types of case, military members and veterans can get green cards (Permanent Residency) for their spouses, parents, and children here within the United States through a relatively new process called Parole-in-Place.

Many immigration attorneys aren’t familiar with the special immigration options for our military. I’ve seen it happen several times – a client comes to our office to get a second opinion, because they saw an immigration lawyer in Denver who told them nothing could be done, or that they had few options. But most Denver immigration lawyers rarely or never work with military clients! There just isn’t the Army and Air Force presence up there that we have here in southern Colorado. So even though they might otherwise be good attorneys, they just don’t have the experience to know of the immigration agencies’ specific military phone hotlines, email addresses, etc. Or they are not familiar with the special military benefits available under immigration law.

If you’re in the Army or Air Force, or you are a U.S. military veteran, make sure that the immigration attorney helping you knows the special legal options for our military and their loved ones.

Please contact us today to schedule a consultation.