I am reaching out to you with a pressing legal concern related to immigration, and I am seeking expert advice and possible representation. I currently reside near Washington Park in Denver, Colorado, and I am encountering a complex situation that requires professional legal intervention.
As a bit of background, I am originally from Canada and entered the United States on a B-1/B-2 visa approximately six months ago. Initially, my plan was to stay near Capitol Hill in Denver for a short visit, combining tourism and business. However, during my stay, I have developed significant personal and professional ties in the city. I am now exploring the possibility of extending my stay and potentially transitioning to a different visa status that would allow me to work here legally. I am particularly interested in understanding the pathways to change my status while remaining in the U.S. and the potential risks involved.
Given Denver's diverse economy, I have found promising job opportunities in the LoDo District, especially in the tech sector, which aligns with my professional background in IT. I am aware that H-1B visas are a common route for individuals in my field, but I am unsure about the process, especially considering my current visa status and the recent changes in immigration policies.
Additionally, I have a relative who is a permanent resident living in the Highland neighborhood of Denver. I am curious if family sponsorship could be a viable option for me, considering my relative's status and my current circumstances.
I understand that navigating U.S. immigration law can be quite complex, and each case has its unique nuances. Therefore, I would greatly appreciate your guidance on these matters. Could you please advise me on the following points:
The feasibility and process of changing my visa status from B-1/B-2 to a work visa like H-1B, considering my current location in Denver and my field of work.
The implications of applying for a visa change or extension given my current status.
The possibility and process of family sponsorship by a permanent resident living in Denver.
Any other pathways or options that I should consider, given my desire to work and possibly settle in Denver.
I am looking forward to scheduling a consultation at your earliest convenience to discuss my situation in more detail. Your office's expertise in immigration law, particularly in the context of Denver's legal landscape, would be invaluable to me.
Thank you for considering my inquiry.