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Immigrating Through Family Members

Most immigration happens through family members who are either citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. To determine if there are any options available for an undocumented immigrant to obtain legal status, family is the first place to look. We want to see, first of all, if they are the immediate relatives of US citizens. Immediate relatives of US citizens include their spouses, minor children and their parents, but only when the US citizen is over the age of twenty-one.

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Can an Undocumented Immigrant Become Documented?

The first thing, though, is to define “undocumented”; what is an undocumented immigrant? Undocumented immigrants are lumped together under other labels, too, such as “illegal immigrants”, “illegal aliens” or simply “illegals”. Our choice to refer to those in the country without authorization as being “undocumented” come from an understanding that actions are illegal, not people. Undocumented immigrants might be in the country illegally, but they themselves are not illegal.
There are a variety of different pathways to legal status for undocumented immigrants. In order to be able to determine what is possible requires information on a variety of subjects. While it is true that not everyone can be helped, knowing an individual’s background can help determine what, if anything, can be done.

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Greg Cunningham

Greg Cunningham joins the Quiroga Law Office Full Time

SPOKANE VALLEY, Washington — Noted immigration law advocate Greg Cunningham has joined the Quiroga Law Office as its senior paralegal, helping to establish the firm as the premier provider of legal services to eastern Washington’s immigrants and their families.
Founder and former program manager of Catholic Charities Spokane Refugee and Immigration Services, Cunningham brings extensive experience advising residents of a broad area, from Spokane to Tri-Cities to Walla Walla to Okanagan, on immigration law, as well as helping them and their families procure needed financial assistance.
“I come with a good reputation,” he says, noting that he worked at CCS for 13 years. “People know me. They know I’m good and I’m honest.”
Cunningham met Quiroga Law Office partner Hector Quiroga, an immigrant from Colombia, through Quiroga’s activities as a CCS volunteer. The two share a vision for the firm as a world-class legal advocacy organization, extending help even to those who can’t afford a lawyer.

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