Top Woodgate 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...

  • 333 Butternut Drive,Suite 106 Syracuse NY 13214 43.040173 -76.059395

    Effective Personal Injury And Immigration Legal Services In Syracuse At Nichols Law Offices, PLLC, in Syracuse, New York, we devote our time and resources to delivering the highest level of advocacy and support possible to those facing serious immigration issues, as well as to those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence. We realize you have a lot of options...

  • 60 Railroad Place ,Suite 100 Saratoga Springs NY 12866 43.081654 -73.78766

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    460 State Street,Ste. 408 Rochester NY 14608 43.16174 -77.6204

    Our Firm's Success Is Defined By Our Clients: Slepian Law At the Slepian Law, we are a full-service firm providing experienced representation in matters of U.S. immigration law to individuals and families all over the world. We understand that navigating immigration matters can be intimidating. That is why we have dedicated our practice to providing attentive, personalized representation that...

  • 695 Dutchess Tpke,Suite 201 Poughkeepsie NY 12603 41.698807 -73.88263

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  • 3 Neptune Road,Suite A15 Poughkeepsie NY 12601 41.643078 -73.923225

    Bankruptcy and immigration attorney dedicated to obtaining the best outcome for each client's specific case by providing the client with trustworthy, reliable legal advice. Each client is a priority and treated fairly and seriously during some of the most trying times of their life.  Bankruptcy practice includes discharging individual and business clients of their debts through chapter 7 and...

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    158 Orange Avenue Walden NY 12586 41.553272 -74.189705

    At Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP, in Walden, New York, we provide legal services in over 35 practice areas, including estate planning. As we like to say, we take care of our clients’ families by taking care of their assets. We are proud to be celebrating our law firm’s 50th anniversary of giving superlative legal advice, counsel and representation to our clients in the Hudson Valley 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 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.