The Immigration Laws are very simple and clear. It determines who can enter the United States, how long they can stay, and when they must leave.

The federal immigration laws determine a foreigner’s rights, duties and obligations, and how they can obtain residency or citizenship within the United States. It also provides the means by which certain foreigners can become legally naturalized citizens with full citizenship rights. By controlling the visa process, the federal government can achieve the goals of its immigration policies.

The United States government may initiate deportation proceedings against aliens admitted under the INA who commit an aggravated felony within the United States. Failure of a foreigner to register, or provide a change of address, may cause them to be deported unless there is a valid and acceptable reason. If the government determines that a particular foreigner entered the country through the use of a falsified or otherwise fraudulent document, the government has the grounds to deport.

Some other grounds for deportation are as follows:

  • Help or encourage another foreigner to enter the country illegally
  • Being part of a fraudulent marriage solely for admission to the United States
  • Participate in an activity that threatens US national security.
  • Failure to update the government with a residential address every three months regardless of whether the address has changed
  • Vote illegally

Immediate relatives are top of the list when it comes to qualifying for green cards (visa) and receiving them quickly. This category includes:

  • Spouses of US citizens, widows and recent widowers, including spouses of the same sex if the marriage is considered legally valid.
  • Single persons under 21 years of age with at least one US citizen parent.
  • Parents of US citizens, if the US citizen child is at least 21 years of age.
  • Stepchildren and stepparent of US citizens, if the marriage that created the step-parent / stepchild relationship took place before the child turned 18.

Children adopted by US citizens or permanent residents, if the adoption took place before the child reached the age of 16 and other conditions are met.

An unlimited number of visas are available to immediate family members of American citizens who make the request for them. Applicants can obtain a visa as soon as they arrive and make an application.


There are two types of visas: immigrant visas and nonimmigrant visas. The government mainly issues nonimmigrant visas to tourists and temporary business visitors. The government divides nonimmigrant visas into eighteen different types, but for most types, it does not impose a cap on the number of visas that can be issued in a year. Only a few categories of nonimmigrant visas allow their holders to work in the United States. Immigrant visas, on the other hand, allow their holders to remain permanently in the United States and eventually apply for citizenship. Foreigners with immigrant visas can also work in the United States. Congress limits the number of immigrant visas, which amounted to 675,000 in 1995. Many immigrant visas remain subject to country limits.

You must choose the specific purpose of your trip (such as tourism or going to a school) and apply for a specialized visa that authorizes that activity and no other. Each type of nonimmigrant visa is identified by a combination of letters and numbers. You may already be familiar with the most popular ones.

Types of nonimmigrant visas

  • B-2, tourist visitor
  • E-2, investor
  • F-1, academic or language student
  • H-1B, specialized worker


As a client, you can now turn to both the talents and the resources of very successful lawyers with a goal of obtaining the best results in your case. Our best lawyers are ready to defend you both inside and outside the courtroom.

Early intervention is the key to our mutual success. Call our criminal attorneys now at (855) 529-7761 for a free consultation.

Gina Tennen


At A Glance

  • Expert legal strategist.
  • Experienced in both prosecution and defense.
  • Relentless fighter for her clients with results to prove it.
  • Received the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award
  • Featured in Time Magazine’s “Leaders of Criminal Defense” in the 100 Most Influential People edition.

Executive Managing Attorney Gina Tennen is a renowned leading advocate of personal liberties. Her meticulous trial preparation and exceptional ability to pursue every possible defense has earned her the admiration of clients and respect from prosecutors, judges, and other criminal attorneys all over the nation.

Lawyer Tennen began her career as a Senior Law Clerk for one of the toughest District Attorney’s offices in the country where she gained remarkable experience in juvenile crimes, elder abuse, parole hearings, child abuse, sex and other serious crimes. Her experience at the District Attorney’s Office armed her knowledge and case strategy in exploiting the other side’s weaknesses for the client’s advantage and building a rock solid defense. Criminal attorney Tennen’s experience on both sides and brilliant maneuvering throughout is evidenced in her winning track record. In fact, even before earning her law degree, she was instrumental in getting excellent results on several criminal cases outshining her peers.

A consummate strategist and top criminal attorney, lawyer Tennen works tirelessly on many high profile criminal cases. She is known as a relentless fighter who never gives up on any case. Whether the case is hers or handled by another criminal defense attorney from LibertyBell Law Group, no matter how small the case may seem she asserts that every client deserves the right to the best legal representation.

It is her deep belief and what she has built her entire career and lifelong dedication to that there is always hope for every client and every avenue should be pursued regardless of the time and energy it takes. For criminal attorney, Gina Tennen, devoting the finest criminal defense for clients is a habit and talent that you must apply and do all the time.

You demand the best defense. Take hold of your life and speak to our defense attorneys by calling 855-LAW-PRO1 (855-529-7761) now.

Founder Gina Tennen and all the defense attorneys at LibertyBell Law Group uphold that when the bell rings, it rings for life and liberty for all.



Gina was like a lioness protecting her cub.


I hired Gina and her team for my son who was facing 10 years for something they said he did when he was 17 years old. Gina was like a lioness protecting her cub. She did not stop. She fought hard and was able to defend the charges. We are so grateful to her and her team. They gave us our son. He recovered his life!

– L. W.
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I hired this law firm in 2014 for my son who was facing 16 years in prison for a felony robbery. Lina Helou answered all our questions. I was extremely distraught regarding what my son was facing but Lina comforted me and told me that it would be okay. And thank goodness LibertyBell saved my son from going to jail and they were able to obtain only 3 years of probation. I could not have hired a better law firm for my son and if you want the best defense call LibertyBell Law Group. Thank God for this great group of lawyers.

– V. J.
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I do not have enough words to describe how incredible the experience with this firm was. They work very hard to make sure you have winning results. I could not have asked for better service from the moment I called, until my case was over. I was glad I made the right choice. Thank you again LibertyBell Law Group!

– S. O.
She took her time to review all of my evidence and proved my innocence.


My father had found this group through his company and coworkers. I was assigned Gina Tennen and I cannot explain in just a review on how gratefull I am to be working with her. My case was an accusation of unlawful sex. This had looked extremely bad on my part since I was in a fraternity and she was in a sorority. During these times with Greek life, there are too many bad stigmas surrounding these organizations. Gina had believed in me and knew that I was innocent and that these accusations just were not true. She took her time to review all of my evidence and proved my innocence. I totally recommend this law group because they are willing to put in the work to help your situation.

– C. D.
Gina always kept me fully aware of how the case was proceeding.


When I first heard I was under a criminal investigation, I initially thought I would try and resolve this in the best way possible, without legal representation, as we were all interested in a "just" outcome. I quickly discovered that was not the case and contacted Gina at Liberty Bell. She clearly described the expectations and the choices available to me. She was always available to me, and when I called, if she couldn't talk with me at that time, she would quickly get back to me. Gina always kept me fully aware of how the case was proceeding. Her fee's were stipulated up front, as well as what those fees covered and what they did not.

– S. B.
Attorney Gina Tennen was on point from day one.


Attorney Gina Tennen was on point from day one putting pressure on the sherrif's office to get things handled. With Child molestation accusatinos being thrown around Gina and Attorney Castro were great at keeping the pressure on and had no charges filled. The DCFS indications were appealed and we won with flying colors. Great service, great work, and will use again for all legal matters.

– A. B.
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Being involved in legal matters can be scary. When researching who to put my trust in, I came across Liberty and I am glad that I did. From the first time that I met with Gina and her team she made me feel comfortable and listened to all that I had to say. She assured me that her team would be on it and that they would do everything that they could! A little while in, Alan took over my case. When meeting with him you can tell that this is his passion and I immediately knew he was going to do everything in his power to make the outcome right! He was relentless and worked day and night working on the case. He kept in constant communication with me and truly cared not only about me but about my family as well. I am forever grateful for the support that this whole team has given me and would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for truly the best lawyers!

– L. B.