Santa Ana

Santa Ana Immigration Attorney

Immigration Guidance with a Personal Touch

The immigration system in the United States is always changing and evolving. New laws and regulations make staying informed nearly impossible unless you have access to essential resources or are a professional in the field.

At the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones, we understand how frustrating immigration is personally – Founding Attorney Joyce Komanapalli is an immigrant herself. That is why we provide a variety of legal services to help you achieve your American Dream.

Call our Santa Ana immigration lawyer at (949) 264-0323 for more information.

What Is the Difference Between Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents?

Two of the most commonly confused concepts in immigration law are citizenship and lawful permanent residence (LPR). A citizen has completed the naturalization process and is now able to enjoy the benefits of full citizenship. Citizens are allowed to leave the country without worrying about inadmissibility or reentry permits. A U.S. citizen can also vote, hold public office, and receive protection from deportation.

Lawful permanent residents receive some immigration benefits, but they may not have the full rights and privileges that come with full citizenship. LPRs have permission to live and work in the United States indefinitely. Not only do LPRs receive a green card, but they also retain citizenship in their country of origin.

Both citizens and lawful permanent residents can petition for immediate family members to receive permanent residence. LPRs may also apply for citizenship through naturalization after living in the United States for at least five years.

Nonimmigrant Visas

For those without lawful permanent residence or citizenship status, a visa may allow you to live, work, or study in the U.S. for a limited period of time. Visas in this class are also called nonimmigrant visas because they do not award full citizenship or unlimited residence in the United States.

Two of the most common nonimmigrant visa classes are:

  • Employment-Based
  • Student Visas

Employment-based visas allow a foreign national to work in America for a certain period. If you want to apply for a work visa, you’ll need your employer’s recommendation and job-specific information to submit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Student visas allow international students to receive education from an accredited college, university, or trade school. Those with a student visa may be required to work on campus to sustain themselves financially for the duration of their education.

Always research the rules and restrictions associated with your visa to ensure that you follow directions and receive all the promised benefits.

Immigrant Visas

Immigrant visas give immigrants a more permanent status in the United States. Green cards are in this visa category, and those with family members back home can petition for an immigrant visa on their behalf. Citizens have more flexibility in the family members they can petition for – they can file a petition for spouses, children, parents, or siblings. LPRs, however, can only petition for their spouse or children.

There are also visas for specific circumstances. VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act, allows spouses of abusive LPRs or citizens to receive permanent immigration status. In many cases, this gives victims the independence and freedom they need to find safety and recover their peace of mind.


Unlike other immigration categories, asylum gives protection to foreign nationals who face persecution in their home country.

You may qualify for asylum if you’ve been persecuted for any of the following reasons:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • Membership in a particular social group

Asylee status may last for a long time unless the recipient commits a felony, received protection from another country, or no longer faces persecution.

Start Building Your Future Today

At the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones, we believe in giving every client the attention and care they deserve. Whether you need to apply for a visa, green card, citizenship, asylum, or assistance with another immigration matter, we can help. Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones has over 15 years of experience helping clients just like you.

Put your immigration case in good hands with our Santa Ana immigration attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones today!

Why Choose the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones

  • Experienced

    Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones has over 15 years of experience. She is committed to promoting peace, stability, and freedom for individuals and families throughout California while guiding them through the complexities of the legal system.

  • Responsive

    Communication is a key differentiator in our practice. We want you to feel informed about the status of your case every step of the way. Our goal is to never leave you guessing on where we are at with your case.

  • Personal Attention

    We sit down with every client to give them the personal attention their case needs. We want to build a relationship with you and understand the importance of fostering a comfortable environment.

Awarded & Top Rated

  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • Top Rated Lawyer 2020
  • Top Rated Lawyer 2021
  • Top Rated Lawyer 2022
  • Expertise 2022

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