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Top North Star Immigration Lawyers - Ohio

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...

  • It can be overwhelming to try to handle an immigration issue on your own. The team at the Dayton, Ohio, law office of Herman Legal Group, LLC, appreciates that you may feel concerned, nervous and even afraid. They strive to put your mind at ease as soon as you walk in the door for a free initial consultation. Clients in Dayton, Montgomery County and across the country who have worked with the firm...

  • It can be overwhelming to try to handle an immigration issue on your own. The team at the Cincinnati, Ohio, law office of Herman Legal Group, LLC, appreciates that you may feel concerned, nervous and even afraid. They strive to put your mind at ease as soon as you walk in the door for a free initial consultation. Clients in Cincinnati, Hamilton County and across the country who have worked with...

  • Deportation and Removal defense . If you have been charged by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Customs Enforcement, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or Customs and Border Protection with a deportable or removable offense, DO NOT HIDE. Contact me immediately. You have rights, and I know how to defend them. U.S. Citizenship . Innocent people often run into trouble...

  • Deportation and Removal defense . If you have been charged by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Customs Enforcement, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or Customs and Border Protection with a deportable or removable offense, DO NOT HIDE. Contact me immediately. You have rights, and I know how to defend them. U.S. Citizenship . Innocent people often run into trouble...

  • At the Cincinnati law firm of Manley Burke, our team is committed to providing quality legal counsel. When you contact our office, you can expect: Personal service. At Manley Burke, we do not rely on an extensive office staff to screen our calls. When you call us, you reach an actual attorney prepared to listen to your concerns and give you an honest and realistic assessment of the strengths and...

  • As a co-founder of Go Global Cleveland, Richard Herman has long been an advocate for immigrants’ rights. At the Columbus, Ohio, law office of Herman Legal Group, LLC, he and his team serve people across the country and in Summit County, including Akron. Their hard work and community involvement are important reasons why the practice is widely regarded as a reliable source of information, support...

  • Knowledgeable, experienced, assertive: The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates is known as a leader in immigration law. With locations in Columbus, Ohio, and across the country, we help people around the world who are facing issues that include the following: Employment- and family-based immigration Green cards, citizenship and naturalization Deportation and removal proceedings Asylum Adjustment...

  • It is often said that many of the best qualities of the United States stem from its willingness throughout history to accept immigrants from around the world. Since 9/11, however, public sentiment has shifted somewhat, and many laws regarding immigration and naturalization have become more restrictive and complex. The attorneys at Rodriguez Bell & DiFranco Law Office, LLC, in Worthington,...

  • Deportation and Removal defense . If you have been charged by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Customs Enforcement, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or Customs and Border Protection with a deportable or removable offense, DO NOT HIDE. Contact me immediately. You have rights, and I know how to defend them. U.S. Citizenship . Innocent people often run into trouble...

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    At Herman Legal Group, LLC, in Toledo, Ohio, a diversified group of immigration law professionals is committed to your case from the moment you have your free initial consultation. The law firm has on staff an attorney who formerly provided Bulgaria’s government with legal counsel, as well as a lawyer who earned her license in a high court in Bombay, India. The practice’s founder, Richard Herman,...

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    At the Herman Legal Group, LLC, a team of skilled professionals treats you like family as you navigate immigration issues. From the Norwalk, Ohio, location of the law firm, the staff serves people in Willard, as well as in Akron and Summit County. Having more than 50 years of combined experience, the team speaks more than a dozen languages and is capable of tackling cases that involve deportation,...

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.