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Practice Areas

We only handle immigration-related cases, and we limit our practice areas as a way of dedicating the energy and knowledge necessary to every type of case that we do.

Asylum

Asylum is a protection for those who fled their country of origin after being persecuted on account of a protected ground. Though the protected grounds are only five (religion, race, nationality, political opinion, and membership in a particular social group), there is some room for creativity and case development.

The general rule is that a person must apply for asylum within one year of arrival in the United States. However, as with every rule, there are exceptions. We represent clients who want to petition for asylum before the Asylum Office and the immigration court. If you are afraid of returning to your country of origin, we should talk about the reasons why.

We represent LGBT individuals, domestic violence victims, victims of gang/cartel violence, unaccompanied minors, political asylees, and a number of other cases.

LGBT Asylum - We have successfully represented LGBT individuals seeking asylum before the Asylum Office and Immigration Court. We get to know the client’s story in order to explain any intricacies of the case.

Naturalization

Obtaining a Green Card is, in our opinion, one of the best things that could ever happen to you. But under today’s administration and the ever-changing rules, a Green Card is only half the battle. The next step in acquiring absolute peace of mind is to apply for Naturalization, and become an American citizen.

We have vast experience with exemptions to the English/Civics test, income tax payment plans, criminal issues before naturalization, and a range of other issues that could complicate your case before you get sworn in as a citizen. Have you been living here for a number of years but learning English seems harder than it looks? Don’t give up. We are looking out for you. Let’s investigate whether you fall into one of the lesser-known exceptions.

Removal Defense

We represent clients who are facing removal (deportation) in immigration court, and we skillfully construct the best defense possible. Our attorney understands the fear and uncertainty that individuals feel when they are issued a notice to appear for a removal hearing. This is not something that you should face alone. Our firm can help you with every aspect of the removal proceedings. We map out the best and worst-case scenarios to allow you to make an informed decision.

Family-based Immigration

At our office, we believe that all families belong together. We represent clients who want to receive legal status through a family member, as well as those who want to petition for a family member to join them in the United States. We handle adjustment of status cases, consular processing, as well as any inadmissibility waiver that you may need in order to qualify for a Green Card.

U visa/ VAWA

Victims of a qualified crime who helped law enforcement with the investigation, and who suffered lasting physical or emotional harm, might qualify for a U visa. Though there is currently a very long waitlist to receive a U visa (you can thank the 10,000/year limit that Congress put in), this visa remains a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those people who would not otherwise qualify for any relief due to a permanent bar or other serious issue.

We have vast experience in responding to Requests for Evidence in U visa cases or adjustment of status cases that are based on a granted U petitions. We have successfully explained and mitigated criminal conduct in order to obtain a discretionary approval. Everyone has a good side, and our mission is to find yours and present it to the government.

VAWA is a protection for victims of domestic violence who are (or were) married to either a Green Card holder or a United States Citizen. If you are a victim of domestic violence, but you feel trapped in your situation because your spouse has threatened to deport you, or because you are afraid that they will drop your immigration case, please come speak to us. It does not have to be that way. You have other options and a variety of resources to help you through this difficult time. Keep in mind that, in order to qualify for VAWA, the abuse does not always need to be physical. Psychological abuse is often more harmful and has longer-lasting consequences. We are here to help.

Extraordinary Ability

As our only business visa, we represent professionals who are at the top of their field- athletes, doctors, researchers, and artists. We determine your ability based on prizes that you have won, publications that have cited you, opinions by your colleagues and mentors, and we use industry standards to identify any possibility of obtaining a visa for you.

Waivers

Even if you meet all the requirements to apply for an immigration benefit, sometimes you might be barred because you have been deemed ineligible for that benefit. This is often due to unlawful presence, fraud, or previous deportations. Fortunately, there are several waivers that can potentially erase those mistakes and allow you to move forward with your case. For waivers that are based on hardship, our staff is trained to find hardships that would otherwise go unnoticed. We believe that every family would face hardship if a loved one were removed, and we focus our efforts in finding the story that is unique to your family so that you may be allowed to remain in the United States.

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