Top Valley Stream Immigration Lawyers - New York

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...

Offering exceptional representation for virtually any legal issues affecting your life, your family and your future, the attorneys at the Palacios Law Group are here to help you find solutions for your legal challenges efficiently and effectively. Our law office in Mineola, New York, is one of three we have on Long Island, making us one of the largest full-service legal practices in the area....

Known as an honest and consummate legal professional, Judith C. Garcia handles bankruptcy, real estate, Social Security Disability, unemployment and immigration issues on behalf of people in Smithtown and throughout Long Island, New York. She has two law offices conveniently located so clients are able to secure the representation they need as they navigate these highly personal and often complex...

Thank you for visiting the West Legal Profile of Polizzotto & Polizzotto, LLC, Attorneys at Law. With offices in Brooklyn , Staten Island , and Garden City we best represent individuals and businesses in both New York and New Jersey . Our areas of practice include: Estate Planning and Administration Financial Planning Tax Planning Medicaid Planning Retirement Planning Investment Planning...

  • Thank you for visiting the West Legal Profile of Polizzotto & Polizzotto, LLC, Attorneys at Law. With offices in Brooklyn , Staten Island , and Garden City we best represent individuals and businesses in both New York and New Jersey . Our areas of practice include: Estate Planning and Administration Financial Planning Tax Planning Medicaid Planning Retirement Planning Investment Planning...

  • At the law office of Ahmed & Yau, LLP, we work hard to provide reliable and responsive legal representation. We are a boutique law firm with an international focus. Our attorneys can handle both domestic and international cases, and we have the resources to help you on a global scale. We want you to feel welcome and also know that we can help you with your international legal needs. We...

  • May Law Group, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, New York immigration law firm, was founded by Valerie May, an accomplished immigration attorney. May Law Group is dedicated to representing individuals, families and corporations in their immigration law needs. Unlike many law firms that practice immigration law as part of a larger practice, May Law Group is exclusively devoted to the practice of...

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    Located in New York, New York, the law firm of Sobel Han, LLP provides exceptional legal representation and support to a diverse range of clients throughout New York City, its surrounding areas and New Jersey. Staffed with a team of some of the most dedicated, talented legal minds in the profession, our law firm has become the premier source of quality legal counsel for business owners, property...

  • At the Law Offices of Raymond Lo, LLC, you will find that you are treated as an individual, not a case file. You will meet directly with Mr. Lo and his staff that will handle your case. We will take the time to carefully listen to your concerns and address them accordingly. Whether this is your first time or tenth time dealing with immigration proceedings, we take the time to carefully analyze and...

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    Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, P.C. is a mid-size law firm located in Manhattan that represents both individuals and companies in matters touching all aspects of the law.  Ballon Stoll is unique in that we offer the focused, cost-effective approach of a mid-sized firm with the resources, flexibility, and accommodation of a much larger practice.  Unlike boutique law firms, Ballon Stoll...

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  • Bretz & Coven, LLP, is a full service immigration law firm specializing in deportation defense, immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing (both in the United States and internationally), naturalization, corporate and business immigration, and federal litigation. We have successfully represented thousands of clients before the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), the U.S....

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    From our locations in Brooklyn and New York, New York, our attorneys at The Law Office of Robert Tsigler PLLC provides aggressive criminal defense representation to people living throughout the New York metro area, including in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and on Long Island. For the convenience of those we represent, our law office offers free initial consultations and accepts credit card...

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    Jacoby & Meyers is America's largest full-service consumer law firm, founded in 1972 with the goal of making top-quality legal representation available to everyone. Up until that time, only the wealthy could afford lawyers, while the poorest were provided with legal aid. This left the majority of everyday working people with very few options. Today our New York and New Jersey offices represent...

  • Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, P.L.L.C. (CDMA) represents corporate and individual clients in complex and routine immigration law matters.  The firm has a growing group of extremely talented lawyers and support staff who work closely with clients in the areas of business immigration, labor certifications, removal defense, waivers, federal court litigation, citizenship, and related...

  • Bretz & Coven, LLP, is a full service immigration law firm specializing in deportation defense, immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing (both in the United States and internationally), naturalization, corporate and business immigration, and federal litigation. We have successfully represented thousands of clients before the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), the U.S....

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    At the Toscani Law Firm, P.C. our attorney Richard C. Toscani provides aggressive criminal defense legal services from our Garden City and New York offices. Mr. Toscani believes in the importance of building and maintaining client relationships in order to provide each client with the strongest criminal defense representation possible. We believe in the importance of client communications. We...

  • At the Law Office of Donald H. London in North Yonkers, New York, clients find an attorney who actually returns phone calls. Whether helping a prestigious company obtain work visas for its employees or assisting an individual to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Mr. London offers personalized service, attention and dedication to results. Clients meet with him, not with a paralegal or assistant, and...

  • Results-driven, our attorneys at the law firm of Russo, Karl, Widmaier & Cordano, PLLC, in Northport, New York, work closely with you. Building a relationship with you enables us to provide you with legal recommendations responsive to your unique legal needs. We offer personal attention and aggressive representation in full range of legal matters, including those cases involving: Injuries...

  • Founded in 1977, Corash & Hollender, P.C. is one of the oldest firms in Staten Island. The firm takes pride in its reputation of providing highly personalized service to its clients, and to succeeding generations of clients.  Attorneys, Accountants, and other Professionals regularly refer clients to us for our particular areas of expertise.  Client satisfaction is our objective, and...

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  • At Bikkal & Associates PC, our tradition of protecting individual rights under the rule of law gives us a special understanding of our clients' interests in immigration matters ranging from fiancé and relative visas to the defense of non-citizens in removal proceedings. We also help businesses and employees with entry visas, documentation, and status issues. Our past...

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.