We do not handle employer based petitions/renewals or any Temporary Visas such as Student Visas or Travel Visas.
ODIS provides services only for family based permanent immigrant petitions and applications, with the exceptions of renewal of green cards, researching old temporary residents and finding their applications or petitions from long ago, or for those who never received their cards. We also provide assistance with SELF PETITIONS which consist of VAWA (Violence against Women Act).
In order to determine your eligibility and qualifications, a counselor must go over your situation. Opening Doors Immigration Services does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in selection of cases we accept. Participants are selected by eligibility of USCIS benefits, and if they qualify for family legal immigration services offered by ODIS. When you come to the office, you will first be asked to fill out some information forms. All information is completely confidential. There is a consultation fee (click for fee schedule) for the initial consultation of $35.00 and for all following visits requiring consultation with the case manager or a caseworker. ODIS office visits can be paid with a personal check or cash and is to be paid prior to receiving a consultation with a counselor. We consider each client to be a partner in completing their case. We provide our legal knowledge of immigration laws and procedures while you provide us with your history and locate and copy all documents needed.
Additional filing fee for ODIS services to be determined applicable will be discussed at the initial consultations, the filing fees for ODIS are due at the time of signing your contract for these legal services and are payable to ODIS with personal checks, certified checks, VISA, MASTER CARD or Discovery credit cards or by cash.
There are several processes involved in becoming a US citizen. Most common is when one has been a Legal Permanent Resident and lived continuously in the US as a LPR for 5 years or LPR has been married to a US citizen for three years and has been a LPR for the same three years they may qualify and may be able to apply to become a US Citizen, depending on each individuals history. Other processes to become citizens are deriving citizenship from a parent or acquiring citizenship automatically. This is a long process and an important step, which must be carefully researched in order to determine eligibility. The client must also be prepared in order to be successful at the Citizenship interview and test required by the USCIS. ODIS offers materials and videos for the client to study in preparation of the test
This is the first step for becoming a lawful permanent resident (LPR), also referred to as acquiring your "Green Card." There are specific laws that allow certain family relations to petition for a certain family members, depending on the status of the petitioner and which family member you are petitioning to bring. To determine your eligibility to petition for a family member it is necessary for one of our counselors or a qualified accredited immigration professional to thoroughly review each individual. If you are a US citizen you may also qualify to bring a fiancé to come to the US to marry within 90 days of entering the US. There is also a visa in which US citizens can bring their family to the US while they wait for their adjustment of status application to be determined.
Violence Against Women Act - There are many requirements to qualify in order to petition for oneself under VAWA. One very important regulation is that the person being abused must be married to either a Legal Permanent Resident or a US Citizen. Due to the sensitive nature of this process, we require that the victim be in a shelter and be receiving counseling and to be referred to our agency by either the shelter or another legal agency. The person must make arrange a special appointment with one of our specially trained legal counselors in this area. Please call to discuss this possibility.
This is the second step to becoming a legal permanent resident in the USA. In order to file this application to adjust status to legal permanent resident, the person must be legally in the US and have a qualifying relative to petition for them. Applying for Adjustment of Status is to adjust your status from a temporary status to a lawful permanent resident ("LPR") is a person who has been given this status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ("CIS"). If you are an LPR, you should have an I-551 card with your photo on it, and your immigration case number, to use to prove your LPR status. This card is also known as a permanent resident card. Immigration law requires that LPR over age 18 carry this card with them. Since 1989, all LPR cards are issued with an expiration date of ten years after issuance. This does not mean that your LPR status is expiring, but it does mean that you have to apply for a new LPR card. If you are a conditional resident, your card will have an expiration date of two years after issuance, and you need to take additional action to retain your status. Talk to a qualified immigration law advocate to find out what steps you need to take.
ODIS offers advice and case preparation of petitions and applications to obtain lawful permanent residency visas to be processed at a Consulate outside the U.S.
Family members who may need our help with consular processing include:
- Parents, spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents;
- American citizens’ or Legal Residents’ family members who may have come to the U.S. without a visa;
- Brothers, sisters and adult or married sons or daughters of American citizens
ODIS offers advice by an attorney and case processing of petitions and I-601 Hardship Waivers for husbands, wives and children of American citizens or Legal Residents, at very low cost. The 601 waivers are similar to a pardon for a person who came to the U.S. with no visa. A waiver can pardon only spouses and children of US citizens or legal residents. ODIS can assist you and your American Citizen or Legal Resident spouse or parent to prepare the I-601 Hardship Waiver, gathering proof of extreme hardship and guiding you and your family so that you will have as strong a Waiver application as possible.
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Individuals who can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis under the guidelines set forth in the Secretary of Homeland Security’s memorandum. ODIS is now providing free DACA consultation appointments are available on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Please call for an appointment for your "Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Consultation." Once ODIS determines eligibility the client may sign for ODIS to represent and complete filing for your case.
Walk-in Hours Saturday mornings 9:00 am-12:00 noon for New Clients Only (except for DACA consultations who must have an appointment)
We do ask clients to please arrive by 11:00 am to allow time for a full consult.
*Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm,
*prearranged appointments and calls only.