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KNOXVILLE IMMIGRATION LAWYERS

Representing families navigating the immigration system.

Knoxville has a thriving and diverse community of over 44,000 foreign national residents. Unfortunately, for those born outside of the United States, navigating the U.S. Immigration system and Tennessee family law is a difficult process.

At Held Law Firm, we understand that immigration to the U.S. can be stressful and complicated. We also understand that your green card status can cause additional issues for you with your divorce, custody and other family law issues. That’s why Held Law Firm has experienced lawyers to help you with your specialized needs in family and immigration law.

Federal Immigration Filings

While the United States Immigration and Nationality Services currently recognizes 33 categories of applicants for a green card, only five (5) basic recognized “family-based” categories:

  • Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens.
  • Other relatives of U.S. citizens/ Qualified Relatives Lawful Permanent Residences.
  • Fiancés of U.S. Citizens (and/or the Fiancé’s Children).
  • Widows and Widowers of U.S. Citizens.
  • Certain Victims of Battery or Extreme Cruelty (VAWA Self Petitioners).

Three more categories of applicants directly relate to families:

  • Special Immigrant Juveniles that were abused, abandoned, or neglected by their parents.
  • Abused spouses or children of Cuban natives or citizens.
  • Abused spouses or children of a lawful permanent resident who received his or her green card based on HRIFA.

All applicants differ from one another. Understanding those differences helps us avoid filing delays and denials.

Your Immigration Status and Tennessee Law

No two cases are alike. Your attorney needs to notice details like how your lawful status (or lack of lawful status) and know how to protect you in court. At Held Law Firm, you’ll find no judgement based on whether you have legal status or not, or for what country or background you are from. We are dedicated to making sure our clients’ rights and interests are protected regardless of ethnicity, race, country of origin, immigration status or religion.

Compassion Meets Efficiency

At Held Law Firm, we make sure that the court decides your case based on facts and law, not on prejudicial views about your legal status. We pride ourselves on creative problem solving and giving you solid legal advice that considers the challenges that face Knoxville’s community of immigrants and foreign nationals.

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Hear About Former Clients' Experiences
  • “Chelsea Price exceeded expectation with our case of step parent adoption. I highly recommend her for adoption cases. She was professional, accurate, and timely in completing everything that needed to ...”

    - Ashley C.
  • “Ms. Held helped me turn around a complete nightmare situation. She was creative with problem solving and was not afraid to step in and get things done.”

    - Bethany T.
  • “This is a firm that truly cares & will literally have your back & encourage you through the tough times!”

    - Alicia U.
  • “I wanted to find a firm who could help me obtain a quick, affordable divorce and Held provided just that. All members of their team were extremely responsive and informative. Never did I feel out of the loop or confused and I always felt comfortable asking”

    - Brittany H.
  • “I am so grateful to her because now I have a signed court order clearly defining visitation with my grandchild, which had previously been denied. I believe that without Margaret this would not have happened.”

    - Debra I.
  • “At no time did anyone at the firm take any action on my behalf without first having a conversation with me and getting my approval. While I hope I never have to go through a divorce again, I know I'd gladly seek their assistance again. In fact, if I ever n”

    - Kevin F.
  • “Melanie was great! She provided excellent assistance and eased our concerns throughout the process. She arranged a virtual hearing for us so we could still have a court date even as in-person meetings ...”

    - Tammy R.
  • “Very professional, extremely reasonable with fees, and most of all they truly care about their clients.”

    - Pamela H.
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    - Amy F.
  • “Another great aspect of Held Law Firm is how comfortable and welcoming they are so you don't feel anxious. The atmosphere and vibe makes you feel right at home and so welcomed.”

    - Sandy H.
  • “They know the legalities and how to do their jobs well, and they provide individualized service based on their client's needs. Excellent!”

    - Barbara J.
  • “This is my family's future, and it's the only chance I have to make it right. With my entire family's future hanging in the balance, Margaret has given my case the attention and effort it deserves.”

    - Devon C.
  • “Melanie and her team at Held Law Firm were efficient and informative during my recent divorce settlement. Melanie was courteous and listened to my many questions.”

    - Sandra B.
  • “I would not look for another law firm to handle any of my attorney needs.”

    - Stefan T.
  • “The Held law firm is staffed with only the best and they will fight for you in court. They cleaned up a mess made by our previous attorney, and got our case moving forward. Margaret has the experience and skills to get you the best results possible.”

    - Darrel W.
  • “I really appreciated that they were so responsive to my needs, and made sure that I had realistic expectations. There were no surprises here. They didn't let my ex push me around and were there for me every step of the way, always making time to explain to”

    - Faith B.

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