America is built on legal family based immigration. We help you determine the benefits you qualify for, & walk you through the entire process.
Supporting Families. Protecting Kids.
Opening Doors International Services is
a Department of Justice recognized agency
that has been providing
professional help and
humanitarian services for
familes and individuals
in North Texas
Our Legal Team
Our team is made up of a group of caring individuals that are experienced specialists in immigration law. DOJ accredited representatives, staff attorney, and pro bono attorneys who are part of our Counsel Who Care program, work together to ensure you receive the attention, caring and superior representation you deserve.
DOJ Recognized Since 2003
Opening Doors is a Department of Justice (DoJ)
Office of Legal Access Programs (OLAP) Recognized Agency, so you will receive legal advice that you can trust. The only people legally able to provide immigration assistance are Attorneys or DoJ Accredited Representatives working for a DoJ Recognized Agency.
Are you getting the right immigration help?
Many people offer help with immigration services. Unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so. While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and may be considered an immigration services scam.
If you need help filing an application or petition with USCIS, be sure to seek assistance from the right place, and from people that are authorized to help. Going to the wrong place can:
Delay your application or petition
Cost you unnecessary fees
Possibly lead to removal proceedings
Remember: Know the facts when it comes to immigration assistance, because the Wrong Help Can Hurt.
Tools to Help You Avoid Scammers
USCIS wants to combat immigration services scams by equipping applicants, legal service providers and community-based organizations with the knowledge and tools they need to detect and protect themselves from dishonest practices.
To accomplish this goal, USCIS launched the Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL) Initiative. As part of the effort, they've partnered with several government agencies to identify resources that can help you avoid immigration services scams.
Empower yourself by using their online educational resources,
Deferred Action for
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who were brought to the United States as children "without inspection" and undocumented through no fault of their own and who 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.
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.
If you are a US citizen you may also qualify for a temporary visa for your fiancé who is living abroad. This marriage must take place here in the U.S. within the 90 days that the temporary visa is granted. Once the marriage has been established, adjustment of status must be filed with the district immigration office.to
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.
Adjustment of Status
This is the second step to becoming a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) in the USA. In order to file this application to adjust status to LPR, you must be legally in the US and have a qualifying relative to petition for you. We will assist you in determining eligibility, and will handle all filings on your behalf.
If you are already an LPR, you should have an I-551 card (also known as a Permanent Resident Card, or Green Card), which will have your photo and immigration case number ("A" Number) on it. If you are over 18, you are required to carry the card with you.
Since 1989, all LPR cards issued expire in 10 years. Although your LPR status is not expiring, you do need to apply for a new card. If you are a conditional resident, your card expires 2 years after issuance, and you will need to take additional action to retain your status.
There are several processes involved in becoming a US citizen. Citizenship can be achieved through naturalization, acquisition, and derivation, and each has its own set of rules and regulations.
Opening Doors will help you through the complex process. Once your petition has been approved, you will need to be prepared for the Citizenship interview and test required by the USCIS. Opening Doors offers Citizenship and English as a Second Language to prepare you for your interview.
VAWA Self Petitions
Self Petitions in accordance with the Violence
Against Women Act require the Survivor meet certain criteria. Please schedule an appointment to find out if you qualify.
Due to the sensitive nature of this process, we require that the Survivor be in a shelter and be receiving counseling and to be referred to our agency by either the shelter, law enforcement, or another legal agency.
If you would like to donate to support a Survivor through our Project Empower, please designate a gift here: SUPPORT SURVIVORS
Special Juvenile Visas
Some unaccompanied children may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). SIJS allows children who have bee declared dependent on a state juvenile court and for who them court determines that it would not be in the children's best interest to be returned to their home country and be reunited wiht parents due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect to apply for legal residency.
Many of these kids are desperate and without hope. Through our Kids Koalition we visit detention centers, and consult with guardians to find the best solution for each child. We then work with pro-bono and low-bono family attorneys in family court, and file the initial immigration court petitions. Donations are greatly needed to support these services!
Opening Doors International Services, Inc. and our team of DoJ Accredited Representatives provide legal knowledge of immigration law and represent families before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Department of State (DHS) in the following areas:
Immigration Law is very complex and
extensive and this includes family
To determine your eligibility to
petition for a family member, one of
our counselors - a qualified accredited
immigration professional - will thoroughly
review each individual situation.
We then handle the processing and
filing of all required applications with the
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services,
the State Department, and the United States Embassy,
whichever has jurisdiction of the case, whether the beneficiaries live in the U.S or abroad.