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Top Charlton Immigration Lawyers - Massachusetts

At the Law Offices of Jonathan A. Bartell in Cleveland, Ohio, our attorneys represent clients nationwide in all immigration law matters. Do you want to come to the U.S. on a family visa or another type of visa, or do you need help bringing someone to the U.S.? Are you a current permanent resident interested in establishing citizenship? No matter how challenging your immigration law matter may...

  • Tadmor & Tadmor, LLP represents clients nationally and internationally. Our firm has the experience and successful track record to provide its clients with a wide range of U.S. immigration services. We handle immigration and nationality matters including professionals, skilled workers, and family-based petitions. Our firm provides legal services in the following practice areas: Non-Immigrant Work...

  • Maiona Ward Immigration Law is a boutique law firm in the heart of Boston's Financial District which limits its practice to immigration and naturalization law. With approximately 25 years of immigration experience between the partners of the firm, we strive to produce professional, honest and cost effective services to all of our clients. Maiona Ward Immigration Law represents corporations,...

  • Having celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2005, the law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C. is proud of its historic beginnings, a consistent involvement in the greater Springfield community and a respected position in the contemporary legal field. Individual client needs remain paramount in a demanding era of complex technology, with partners believing that the practice of law is an honored profession....

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    The Law Office of Susan Saliba exclusively practices immigration and nationality law. We represent individual clients and businesses throughout the United States and abroad in many foreign countries. Our goal is to work together with our clients to successfully navigate the immigration journey. We'd love to speak about your case in detail. Our law practice is based on the belief that legal...

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    Located in Brookline, Massachusetts, Attorney Michael Shepsis of SHEPSIS LAW provides exceptional advocacy and support to those who are dealing with complex legal challenges involving immigration law and civil litigation. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Norfolk County and the greater Boston metro region, as well as across the globe, Attorney Shepsis has more than nine years of...

  • At Dane Shulman Associates, LLC, we provide comprehensive legal representation in all legal areas in the personal injury field from our Boston, Massachusetts, law office. Our six decades of counseling those injured in Massachusetts and all of New England has given us experience in our local area that is second to none. Our personal injury clients have often been involved in car or truck accidents....

  • Maiona Ward Immigration Law is a boutique law firm in the heart of Boston's Financial District which limits its practice to immigration and naturalization law. With approximately 25 years of immigration experience between the partners of the firm, we strive to produce professional, honest and cost effective services to all of our clients. Maiona Ward Immigration Law represents corporations,...

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    Our Mission: To improve our clients’ quality of life through compassionate legal solutions that protect their rights, and allows them to contribute to our community and keep their families together; and to advance just and fair laws for a better, more inclusive and diverse society, in a work environment that promotes client and employee satisfaction.   Our Vision:  To create a more...

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  • At Natoli & Associates, a general practice law firm in Taunton, Massachusetts, we have established a reputation for providing high-quality legal representation in a variety of areas. We take the time to provide personal attention in every case. We believe in communicating openly with clients, answering all of their questions, setting realistic expectations, and then aggressively pursuing the...

  • The Law Office of Rachel Benedict provides unparalleled representation for clients in Cambridge, Massachusetts, facing immigration law issues. We have years of experience guiding people through the seemingly simple to the highly complex matters that affect their futures and their families. Our practice areas include the following: • Citizenship and permanent residency • Temporary visas...

  • Accidents at work can leave people with severe injuries or illness. Fitzpatrick & Associates provides dedicated legal Worker’s Compensation services to clients in all of Massachusetts. Helping clients understand how the state’s workers compensation program applies to their specific situations and guide them through the process of obtaining the benefits they need and deserve. Our...

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    Jamie Gorton Law in Malden, Massachusetts, is here to help you and your family realize your dream of living and working legally in the United States. As such, the firm is devoted exclusively to immigration law and serves clients throughout Massachusetts and around the world who have legal needs involving: Family immigration Employment visas Deportation defense Green cards Immigration and Customs...

  • Cayer Dyson Law, P.C. is a leading U.S. immigration law firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. We provide a range of U.S. immigration services for both individuals and corporations, including assistance with travel documents, naturalization/citizenship, green cards, temporary visas, deportation defense and humanitarian relief. We invite you to visit our news section and immigration links section for...

What are the requirements for U.S. citizenship?

In order to naturalize as a citizen of the United States, the initial requirement for all applicants is to be a Permanent Resident (i.e. have a Green Card). Depending on your situation, you’ll need to have been a permanent resident for at least three to five years prior to applying for citizenship. In addition, you must be at least 18 years old when you file your naturalization application; be able to speak, read and write basic English; and be a person of good moral character. For many of the requirements, certain exceptions apply and it’s useful to consult with an attorney near you to see whether you qualify for requirement exemptions.

How to get a Green Card?

There are a variety of methods for obtaining a Green Card, including through marriage or employment. A Green Card permits an individual the right to permanent residency in the United States. Although marriage to a U.S. citizen is a common means of obtaining a Green Card, there are various other methods such as a family member petitioning on your behalf, seeking asylum or residency as a refugee, an employer bringing you to this country for work, etc. An attorney can help determine whether you meet eligibility criteria and guide you through the arcane application procedures of immigration law.

How long does I-140 processing take?

In the United States, there are two USCIS service centers which process the I-140 immigration form. The time it takes to process will vary slightly depending on the service center. However, in general, the form takes an average of six months to process. Premium processing is a service offered by USCIS which guarantees processing of your I-140 within two weeks. This service requires an additional fee of over $1200. If USCIS is unable to process your form within 2 weeks, it will refund your money and continue with expedited processing. An immigration attorney will be able to provide you with much more specific information and can advise you on the best course of action with regards to filing your I-140.

What is the H1B to Green Card process?

During the Green Card application process, which can be lengthy, it is critical that you maintain lawful immigration status. Under certain circumstances, you can request an extension of your H-1B status in one-year increments while your Green Card application is being processed. H-1B extension processing time usually averages around 2-3 months although USCIS doesn’t offer any time guarantees. Working with an attorney to ensure timely and proper filing while remaining in legal immigration compliance is crucial to a successful adjustment of your status.

How do I choose a lawyer?

Consider the following:
Comfort Level - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information?  Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
Credentials - How long has the lawyer been in practice?  Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
Cost - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee?  Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
City - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located near you?

Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?

Here are a few to get you started:

  • How long have you been in practice?
  • How many cases like mine have you handled?
  • How often do you settle cases out of court?
  • What are your fees and costs?
  • What are the next steps?

Want to check lawyer discipline?

It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:

  • Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
  • Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
  • Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.