Top Thermal Immigration Lawyers - California

Litwin & Smith, A Law Corporation specializes in the esoteric and complex area of Immigration and Nationality Law.  The Firm is nationally known for its expertise and notably high success rate, and has the privilege of representing a number of large, multi-national companies.  However, approximately 40% of its clientele are individual clients.  The Firm's diverse services...

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...

Each immigration matter is unique, and each client's goals are individually shaped. To best meet our clients' goals, the lawyers at Wilner & O'Reilly strategically partner with the businesses and individuals we counsel to develop a representation strategy. Our approach allows us to build an in-depth understanding of your business objectives — tailoring the representation we provide to...

Southern California Immigration Attorney The U.S. Law Center is a nationwide, full-service immigration law firm that provides large corporations, small businesses and individuals with a full range of immigration processing and placement services. From Southern California offices in Orange County and Riverside County, our attorneys travel throughout the United States to meet with our clients. We...

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  • From their humble beginnings as a small, one-attorney law office in 1974, the Marcus Family Law Center, PLC, has grown to include three offices throughout Imperial, San Diego and Riverside counties, including their office in El Centro, California, and they now have five attorneys on staff who are fully committed to helping you with all of the important and pressing legal issues affecting your...

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    Vista, CA The Law Office of Steven Medearis is there for people in Vista, California, and North San Diego as they tackle the intimidating and sensitive processes of divorce and other family law matters. With several decades of combined experience, our attorneys have helped clients successfully resolve the most complex of conflicts related to child custody, child support and military divorce. We...

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    At the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman in San Bernardino, California, my firm focuses on three areas of the law: criminal defense, family law and immigration. I am dedicated and strongly committed to protecting the rights of Southern Californians in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardo and San Diego counties and throughout the Inland Empire. I firmly believe that each of my clients deserves my respect,...

  • At Alejandro O. Campillo, A Professional Law Corporation, in El Cajon, California, we represent the rights and entitlements of clients throughout San Diego County, across Southern California and all around the world who wish to live, study and work legally in the United States. Along with assisting immigrants in achieving their American dreams, we also work with employers seeking to hire foreign...

  • The attorneys at the Marcus Family Law Center, PLC, in San Diego, California, are fully prepared to help you with all of the serious and sensitive legal matters affecting your family, your finances and your future. To that end, their law firm provides unmatched representation and personalized support in virtually all areas of family law so that you can find the quality, effective solutions you...

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  • Since they first opened their doors in 1974, the Marcus Family Law Center, PLC, has become one of Southern California's premier family law practices, with three total offices located across the region. From their law office in Calexico, California, they serve clients throughout Imperial County and the surrounding areas who are dealing with serious and sensitive legal challenges involving any of...

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    Whether people are applying for a temporary work visa or are seeking permanent residency in San Diego, California, our law firm, Kazmi & Sakata is there to streamline the immigration process. For more than 10 years, we have helped individuals and companies apply for and secure all required paperwork necessary to work and live across country boundaries.   When it comes to foreign workers,...

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    At the Law Office of Ronald L. Freeman in Riverside, California, my clients expect and deserve skilled, personalized legal services when they face criminal, family law and immigration issues. That is exactly what my office provides. As an experienced attorney of many years, I have a thorough understanding of the courts and their practices throughout the Inland Empire, including Orange, Riverside,...

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  • At Feldman Feldman & Associates, we focus our practice on immigration law. With more than 40 years of combined experience, the bilingual attorneys at our law office in San Diego, California, are able to assist with a wide array of matters. We work with clients and help them avoid obstacles whether they are looking to gain entry, permanent residence or citizenship in the United States. Some of...

  • Kring & Chung Attorneys LLP was established more than 25 years ago and offers clients a broad range of legal services. Located in San Diego, we handle matters involving business and commercial law, real estate law, intellectual property law, family law, construction law and more. We serve a diverse range of clients throughout California, including business owners, corporations, design...

  • The Law Offices of Jan Joseph Bejar, A P.L.C. is located in downtown San Diego, California, near the Immigration Court and the offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the federal courthouse. Our practice is concentrated in immigration law. We deal in immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing as well as representing clients in removal proceedings and in appellate work. We pride...

  • Our law firm assists clients throughout the United States and in more than 150 countries!   Our founding attorney, Lawrence R. Holmes , has been practicing immigration law since 1991. Since then, he has developed a reputation as a highly focused lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the fiancé(e) visa application process. Our law firm handles more K-1 visa applications than any other law...

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  • Your Choice Of Immigration Attorney Matters! Superior Immigration Lawyers is a full-service immigration law firm operating from San Diego and serving all of Southern California. Immigration lawyer Matt Springmeyer assists immigrants and non-immigrants with every kind of immigration problem. We assist with applying for citizenship, reuniting families, obtaining lawful residence for spouses and...

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    Located in Pasadena, California, the law firm of Russakow & Tan offers a wide range of services for a diverse client base. Serving residents in the Los Angeles metro area, as well as throughout Southern California, we represent business owners, individuals and families who have legal needs in any of the following practice areas: Business law, including commercial litigation Employment law Family...

  • Southern California Immigration Attorney The U.S. Law Center is a nationwide, full-service immigration law firm that provides large corporations, small businesses and individuals with a full range of immigration processing and placement services. From Southern California offices in Orange County and Riverside County, our attorneys travel throughout the United States to meet with our clients. We...

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.