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About Victory Law Office
One of the reasons why the United States of America is such a great nation is largely due to the collective efforts of foreign citizens who left their homeland in search of brighter opportunities. These immigrants have made the U.S. what it is today. And the influx of new immigrants will make the nation even greater for years to come.
Unfortunately, while there are several avenues for one to enter the U.S., whether it be to visit, work, or study, the administrative and legal process required to gaining admittance can be quite difficult and complex. When dealing with all these immigration issues, working with qualified and proven immigration lawyers can significantly ease the burden and speed up the process towards resolution. Victory Law is a great immigration law firm you can trust to you through any humps you may experience in the process.
Meet Our Attorneys
Philip A. Weylie, Esq.
Philip A. Weylie is the founding member of Victory Law Group, P.A. Philip was born in the former Municipality of North York, Ontario, Canada, which is now a part…
Of Counsel Wallace J.D. Weylie, Esq.
Wallace J.D. Weylie is a fully involved of-counsel attorney for Victory Law. Mr. Weylie has 24 years of experience practicing law in Florida and 50 years…
What We Do Best
It is extremely important to be represented by an attorney if you have been seriously injured in a Florida car accident due to someone else’s negligence. There are several complicated issues that may arise regarding lost income, medical benefits, pain and suffering, and property damage. By hiring an experienced and competent Florida Personal Injury attorney you can be guaranteed you will treated fairly and compensated appropriately by the at fault party or their insurance carrier. Oftentimes an unrepresented injured party is low-balled by the insurance carrier as the injured party is not aware of what is reasonable or adequate. Whether you are involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, bitten by a dog or you suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident, a Florida personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover the maximum you are entitled to financially.
Victory Law is an immigration law firm serving the areas of Clearwater, Largo, and Tampa Bay Florida. We provide end to end assistance to families, individuals and U.S. employers for a wide variety of immigration-related issues. Our highly experienced and qualified team of immigration attorneys have successfully processed, mediated, and resolved numerous immigration cases over the years. We are good at what we do and we know every facet of U.S. immigration law.
Victory Law prides itself on having proven methods to address and resolve any immigration issue or action. We can provide assistance to U.S. employers in issues that relate to permanent or non-permanent residency through employment. We are likewise equipped to assist families in the filing of immigration petitions for relatives living outside the America. Whether you are looking to obtain a VISA or a Green Card, our lawyers are more than capable in helping you complete the process. Aside from U.S. Immigration Law, our firm also deals in other areas of law such as real estate law, criminal law, and personal injury law.
Navigating today’s complex and tedious real estate climate is a difficult task, especially if you’re living or hoping to live in Florida where the housing market is consistently evolving and changing. Here at Victory Law we are ready to assist you with all aspects of your real estate needs. Whether you rent, own, or are looking to rent or own property we are here to support you while providing an efficient and hassle-free service.
Our full list of services includes:
● The buying and selling of real estate
● Construction Law
● Mobile Home and Manufactured Housing Law
● Mortgage Law
● Real estate closings, disputes, and litigations
● Zoning and land use
“Javier and Philip are very professional. I was a pedestrian and I got hit by a car. They took the time to understand my needs and did all the leg work while I was recovering. I highly recommend them. Look no further. If you want the job done the first time around. They are your go to guys.”
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U.S. Immigration FAQs
- Immigrating to the U.S. through the Consulate
- Performing a full analysis of your specific situation to determine your immigration rights and basis to immigrate
- Determining Visa availability and consular processing times as well as solutions allowing you to immigrate sooner
- Analyzing all possible factors that may negatively affect your case as well as solutions to overcome such factors
- Putting together a comprehensive package of legal documents to submit in conjunction with your application to increase the chances of a favorable decision
- Filing your Immigrant Petition with all supporting documentation
- Scheduling your interview appointment with the appropriate consular office
- Preparation for your interview appointment at the appropriate consular office
- Communication with the Consulate and National Visa Center during your case review
- Client Education regarding your Visa packet
- Client Education regarding your rights and responsibilities as a legal permanent resident
Would you and your family like to become duel citizens?Making a decision to become a citizen of another country is huge. Not only does it involve a lot of paperwork, but it can create a lot of confusion. Having the knowledge and support you need during this time is important and that’s what we’re here to do for you. Here at Victory Law we will assess your current situation, answer your questions, and walk you through the consular process for legal immigration or naturalization, along with the necessary processes to qualify for it. We will then assist you in efficiently and effectively streamlining the process for the quickest outcome. Whether you’re inside, or outside the U.S. we are here to help you return to what it is that you hold dear and desire in our great country. Consular Processing Includes:
- Frequently Asked Questions on International Travel as a Permanent Resident
What documents do I need to travel outside the United States?In general, you will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship or your refugee travel document to travel to a foreign country. In addition, the foreign country may have additional entry/exit requirements (such as a visa). For information on foreign entry and exit requirements, see the Department of State’s webpage.
What documents do I need to present to reenter the United States?If seeking to enter the United States after temporary travel abroad, you will need to present a valid, unexpired A green card (Form I 551, Permanent Resident Card). When arriving at a port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your permanent resident card and any other identity documents you present, such as a passport, foreign national I.D. card or U.S. Driver’s License, and determine if you can enter the United States. For information pertaining to entry into the United States, see U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s webpage.
Does travel outside the United States affect my permanent resident status?Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status. If it is determined, however, that you did not intend to make the United States your permanent home, you will be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status. A general guide used is whether you have been absent from the United States for more than a year. Abandonment may be found to occur in trips of less than a year where it is believed you did not intend to make the United States your permanent residence. While brief trips abroad generally are not problematic, the officer may consider criteria such as whether your intention was to visit abroad only temporarily, whether you maintained U.S. family and community ties, maintained U.S employment, filed U.S. income taxes as a resident, or otherwise established your intention to return to the United States as your permanent home. Other factors that may be considered include whether you maintained a U.S. mailing address, kept U.S. bank accounts and a valid U.S. driver’s license, own property or run a business in the United States, or any other evidence that supports the temporary nature of your absence.
What if my trip abroad will last longer than 1 year?If you plan on being absent from the United States for longer than a year, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit on Form I 131. Obtaining a reentry permit prior to leaving the United States allows a permanent or conditional permanent resident to apply for admission into the United States during the permit’s validity without the need to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Please note that it does not guarantee entry into the United States upon your return as you must first be determined to be admissible; however, it will assist you in establishing your intention to permanently reside in the United States. For more information, see the Travel Documents page. If you remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years, any reentry permit granted before your departure from the United States will have expired. In this case, it is advisable to consider applying for a returning resident visa (SB 1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. An SB 1 applicant will be required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and will need a medical exam. There is an exception to this process for the spouse or child of either a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or civilian employee of the U.S. Government stationed abroad on official orders. For more information on obtaining a returning resident visa, see the Department of State’s webpage on returning resident visas. Additionally, absences from the United States of six months or more may disrupt the continuous residency required for naturalization. If your absence is one year or longer and you wish to preserve your continuous residency in the United States for naturalization purposes, you may file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes on Form N 470. For more information, please see the Continuous Residence and Physical Presence Requirements page.
- What You Should Know About U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization
- You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements, please visit our Path to Citizenship page for more information.
- You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen, please visit our Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. Citizens page for more information.
- You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements. Visit the Military section of our website.
- Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.
What is Naturalization?Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
You May Qualify for Naturalization if:
- What are Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident
- Live permanently in the United States provided you do not commit any actions that would make you removable under immigration law.
- Work in the United States at any legal work of your qualification and choosing. (Please note that some jobs will be limited to U.S. citizens for security reasons)
- Be protected by all laws of the United States, your state of residence and local jurisdictions.
- Required to obey all laws of the United States the states, and localities
- Required to file your income tax returns and report your income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities.
- Expected to support the democratic form of government and not to change the government through illegal means
- Required, if you are a male age 18 through 25, to register with the Selective Service
Your RightsAs a permanent resident (green card holder), you have the right to:
Your ResponsibilitiesAs a permanent resident, you are:
- When to Replace a Green Card
- Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed
- Your card was issued to you before you were 14 and you have reached your 14th birthday (unless your card expires before your 16th birthday)
- You have been a commuter and are now taking up actual residence in the United States
- You have been a permanent resident residing in the United States and are now taking up commuter status
- Your status has been automatically converted to permanent resident status (this includes Special Agricultural Worker applicants who are converting to permanent resident status)
- You have a previous version of the alien registration card (e.g., USCIS Form AR 3, Form AR 103 or Form I 151 B all no longer valid to prove your immigration status) and must replace it with a current green card
- Your card contains incorrect information
- Your name or other biographic information on the card has been legally changed since you last received your card, or
- You never received the previous card that was issued to you by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
You will need to replace your green card if:
What The Law SaysSection 264 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states, “Every alien in the United States . . . shall be issued a certificate of alien registration or an alien registration receipt card in such form and manner and at such time as shall be prescribed under regulations . . .” It also says, “Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him . . .. Any alien who fails to comply with [these provisions] shall be guilty of a misdemeanor…” The specific requirements and procedures for applying to renew an expiring green card are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] at 8 CFR section 264.5.
- How to Maintain Permanent Residence Status
- Move to another country intending to live there permanently
- Remain outside of the United States for more than 1 year without obtaining a reentry permit or returning resident visa. However, in determining whether your status has been abandoned, any length of absence from the United States may be considered, even if less than 1 year
- Remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years after issuance of a reentry permit without obtaining a returning resident visa. However, in determining whether your status has been abandoned any length of absence from the United States may be considered, even if less than 1 year
- Fail to file income tax returns while living outside of the United States for any period
- Declare yourself a non-immigrant on your tax returns
You may lose your permanent resident status (green card) if you commit an act that makes you removable from the United States under the law, as described in Section 237 or 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). If you commit such an act, you may be brought before an immigration court to determine your right to remain a permanent resident.