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Adjustment of Status – In Court

Houston Immigration Lawyer

An adjustment in status allows immigrants to change their status to lawful permanent residency while residing in the U.S. Usually this process takes place for those who have entered the U.S. on some type of visa through family-based immigration laws under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Need help adjusting your status after being detained? Call our firm at (713) 597-5642 or contact us through our online request form.

In some cases, an adjustment of status is sought through the immigration courts, which is a different matter. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance with this process, Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC is here to help.

Our skilled Houston adjustment of status attorney offers:

  • Well-versed in handling of all court procedures
  • Firsthand immigration experience
  • Personalized representation

We understand how deeply important it is to you and your family to succeed in such a matter. Our firm is dedicated to helping protect you and your future in regards to U.S. immigration.

The Different Ways to Adjust Status in Texas

The family-based adjustment of status is done through the USCIS for the majority of individuals. In these cases, the person has not had any contact with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. These are immigrants who affirmatively file the application through USCIS which adjudicates the matter.

The adjustment of status in court is typically filed after a person has been detained by ICE and placed in deportation proceedings. Sometimes, these individuals have to proceed while in custody, which can take anywhere between three and six months before a decision is made. In other cases, these individuals are released under bond and are on the non-detained docket with the court. Their case will then proceed in court as a defensive application. In the court version of adjustment of status, the matter is not decided by USCIS but by an immigration judge.

Experienced & Dedicated Legal Representation

To ensure that your case is well-prepared and argued convincingly before the judge, it is vital that you have strong and committed legal representation. As the son of immigrants, our immigration lawyer brings both skill and determination to every client. We urge you to take advantage of the experience and dedication you will find at Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC.

Contact our Houston adjustment of status lawyer at (713) 597-5642.

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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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    Robert Zavaleta

    Associate

    Roberto R. Zavaleta, Esq. (“Robert”) has exclusively practiced Immigration Law for 11 years, primarily in Houston. He was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas and is fluent in English and Spanish. Robert has worked for several large national and local law firms as an Immigration Litigation Writer, and is now happy to be part of the Galaviz Law Firm. He previously had his own immigration law office, where he helped many immigrants obtain their desired immigration benefits. In his tenure as an ...
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Client Testimonials

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  • I was highly impressed with this attorney as he is highly skilled in immigration matters, prepared, knowledgeable, thorough, professional, affordable fees, keeps clients informed and involved, always returns calls [even after hours].

    “Mr. Galaviz is a unique advocate with a sincere vision to helping the immigrant community. Without any reservation, I would highly recommend him to anybody for their immigration matters.”

    - Maria & Luis
  • He won his case and was released without a bond. He is now legally working and back home with his family.

    “When I explained my father's case to Mr. Galaviz he knew it wouldn't be an easy case but he didn't turn me down.”

    - Melissa
  • Now my mother is in the process of becoming a US Citizen, my family will always be grateful that Mr. Galaviz helped us keep our mother here with us.

    “Mr. Galaviz informed us each step of the way and fought for my mom to the last minute.”

    - Former Client
  • When hiring a lawyer, communication is the number one key. You can call, email and text Mr.Galaviz and within minutes he will respond.

    “Today was our final hearing and WE WON!! I thank God for putting Mr.Galaviz in our path to help us.”

    - Cindy
  • Mr. Abraham was able to keep my husband here and not get deported. I am very grateful and pleased.

    “But Mr. Abraham worked very hard and kept fighting to get my husband out of that situation.”

    - Maria M.
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The Results that Matter

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Case Dismissed Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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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.