Top Ruffin Immigration Lawyers - South Carolina

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...

  • The Lowe Firm is headed by an alumnus of two of the finest regional and nationally recognized law firms in the country. We are prepared to craft a practical legal solution to challenges that confront businesses, individuals both large and small. We won't take on your representation unless we believe that we can represent you in an efficient and effective manner....

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    If you live in or around Charleston, South Carolina, or anywhere across the state's Low Country, and you are dealing with serious and pressing legal issues that affect your life, your livelihood, your freedom or your future, you can turn to the legal professionals at the Latorre Law Firm in North Charleston for the quality, personalized advocacy and support you need to help increase your chances...

  • Over 30 years of practicing law, if we have learned anything it is that employing "preventative law" is essential to the success of our clients' cases. Using preventative law means to accurately assess the needs of our clients, the facts surrounding their cases and to properly apply the correct legal principles to these facts. Although preventative law is not a new concept, too many...

  • The Lowe Firm is headed by an alumnus of two of the finest regional and nationally recognized law firms in the country. We are prepared to craft a practical legal solution to challenges that confront businesses, individuals both large and small. We won't take on your representation unless we believe that we can represent you in an efficient and effective manner....

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    Drawing our name from Occam's Razor, the philosophy that the simplest solution is usually the right one, we at Occam Immigration in Charleston, South Carolina, are fully committed to simplifying the complex and convoluted immigration process to help you and your family realize your dreams of living and working in the United States legally. Established by experienced immigration law attorney David...

  • From our law office in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the attorneys at Chillico & Associates provide exceptional, client-driven counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Charleston metro region and surrounding areas who are dealing with complex, serious legal challenges involving any of the following: Family law and divorce Criminal defense Immigration Although...

  • The Law Offices of R.F. Johnson Jr. At The Law Offices of R.F. Johnson Jr., we provide comprehensive legal representation to individuals and families in the Midlands and throughout South Carolina. Under the direction of attorney Ronald F. Johnson Jr., our team is known for innovative legal solutions, efficient results and priority client service. We focus on the following practice areas: Criminal...

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    For more than 22 years, the Latorre Law Firm has served the needs and interests of those dealing with highly complex and pressing legal issues involving immigration law, personal injury and workers' compensation as well as criminal defense and traffic violations. Our law office in Columbia, South Carolina, is one of three we have in the state and one of 11 we have throughout the Carolinas and...

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 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?

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.