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Houston Consular Process Attorney

One-on-One Immigration Assistance

If you are living outside the U.S. and wish to obtain a Green Card to live and work in this country as a legal resident, you can apply at a U.S. Department of State consulate in your home country. This process is called consular processing. This can be done through a number of different immigrant visa categories.

At Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC, we can help facilitate the process to ensure that your application is done in a professional manner. Our consular process lawyer has a thorough understanding of all the steps required and will work with you one-on-one. You will never be referred to a paralegal or other office staff for this legal assistance.

Let us help you through the challenges and obstacles of consular processing. Contact us at (713) 597-5642.

How Long Does a Consular Take to Process?

Consular processing time can vary from 4 to 6 months, depending on case to case, once you've approved your petition and issued a visa number. However, the process is typically quicker than using the AOS system inside the United States.

How the Consular Process Works

In order to begin the consular process for an immigrant visa, you must be eligible through an approved immigrant petition that is either family-based or employment-based or because you are eligible through another immigrant category.

In family immigrant petitions, a family member will file the petition on your behalf with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In employment-based petitions, your potential employer will file the petition with USCIS on your behalf. In some instances, the petition may be filed at a USCIS office abroad, but generally they are filed here in the U.S.

Special immigrant visa categories also exist under which a petition may be filed as well humanitarian programs for refugees, asylees, victims of crime and human trafficking, and more.

Once your petition is approved, you must wait until an immigrant visa becomes available at the National Visa Center. Once it is available, you will be scheduled for an interview with a consulate official and it will be decided if you are eligible for an immigrant visa.

The process includes submitting:

  • Special forms
  • Documentation
  • Fees

Our immigration lawyer is here to help through all the steps and requirements so that you have the best chance of success.

Let Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC Help You Today

Our Houston lawyer, Abraham J. Galaviz, has a passion for helping immigrants based on the personal experience of his parents who emigrated from Mexico. Under his guidance, you can rest assured that everything that can be done to help you obtain your visa will be done thoroughly and with every attention to detail.

Learn more about how we can assist you. Call us at (713) 597-5642 or contact us online.

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    Abraham J Galaviz

    Founding Attorney

    Abraham is very passionate about his work. He empathizes with Clients because he knows that his parents once traveled the same road his clients are now traveling. The people he helps all have a story behind them. He knows that his clients want the opportunity to work and have a better future. 


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  • Thanks Galaviz you beat the case!

    “This is a young honest lawyer that won’t hesitate to go above and beyond. The reason I’m saying this is because, I went to other lawyer agency’s and they told me my case would be difficult, expensive ...”

    - Leo G.
  • We guarantee you; you hire Galaviz, he will have your best interest at heart.

    “My husband is a UNITED STATE NATURALIZED CITIZEN and Galaviz is to thank for his honesty, hard work, and patience.”

    - Marivel H.
  • Mr. Galaviz gave me the hope I lacked at times and thanks to all his hard work and dedication my husband is now home with us.

    “He answered all my questions and was honest with me.”

    - Christin K.
  • Thanks to Mr.Galaviz, our family is complete again!

    “Thanks to Mr.Galaviz, our family is complete again!”

    - Cindy M.
  • Thank again for helping my mother get her residency.

    “What can I say such an amazing lawyer!”

    - Ericka H.

The Results that Matter

  • Charge Reduced Released on Bond

    Judge grants a reasonable bond after proving client was not subject to mandatory detention for previous criminal history.

  • Charge Reduced Removal Defense / Adjustment of Status

    Case terminated and Lawful Permanent Resident status granted for the wife of U.S. Combat Veteran.

  • Case Dismissed Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

    Arrested for possession of 1,300 pounds of marijuana and in danger of deportation.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Possession of 862 Pounds of Marijuana.

    Client was arrested and convicted of Possession of more than 800 pounds of Marijuana in the Rio Grand Valley, and sentenced to several years in State Jail.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Medicaid Fraud - Loss was more than $10,000

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because she had previously been convicted of Medicaid Fraud – more than $10,000, which is an aggravated felony.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Status Won Alien in Possession of Firearm - Aggravated Felony

    Client was arrested and charged in Federal Court for the offense of Alien in Possession of a Firearm – an Aggravated Felony for immigration purposes.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because of a previous conviction for – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer.

  • Charges Dismissed Client Released from Custody Practice Area Removal Defense / Immigration Detention

    Accused with 3 DWI charges and in danger of being deported after being a permanent resident for 34 years.

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At Galaviz Law we understand first hand what you're going though.

Having parents who have gone through the immigration process, has not only allowed us to be more compassionate and understanding but has also given us a more competitive advantage. Our success rate speaks for itself. We're here to help you.