Endicott, New York Immigration Lawyers

Sandra Bruno
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Ithaca, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Immigration
Tulane University School of Law
Ms. Bruno practices exclusively immigration law, with a focus on employment-based immigration. She assists employers in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant status for their employees. She has extensive experience working with post-doctoral researchers, professors, engineers, scientists, scholars, and individuals of extraordinary ability. Ms. Bruno also represents individuals on a variety of family-based immigration and naturalization matters. Prior to joining Miller Mayer, Ms. Bruno worked as an associate attorney at an immigration firm in the Chicago area. She is fluent in Spanish.
David J. Wilks
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Immigration
Kristal Ozmun
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Ithaca, NY Immigration Law Lawyer
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Immigration
Suffolk University Law School
Ms. Ozmun focuses her practice on employment-based immigration with a unique specialization in the EB-5 preference category. Ms. Ozmun represents EB-5 regional centers in matters related to both immigration law and corporate and securities law, including designation, compliance, and governance. She also advises EB-5 investors in navigating the immigration process and represents a variety of individual clients seeking non-immigrant and immigrant status.
Rosanne Mayer
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Ithaca, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Immigration
New York University
Ms. Mayer’s practice focuses primarily on EB-5 investors and business-based immigration matters. Her EB-5 clients include investors investing in both Regional Center projects and in qualifying individual EB-5 investments. Ms. Mayer’s business immigration clients include both large and small companies and individuals in the high-tech, academic and medical fields. She represents clients pursuing both employer-sponsored immigrant and non-immigrant visas, as well as self-petitioning clients, especially individuals filing National Interest Waiver petitions. She also represents a number of health care providers and physicians pursuing J-1 waivers and work authorization. Ms. Mayer also represents individuals in family-based immigration matters and...
Stephen Yale-Loehr
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Ithaca, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(607) 255-0348 Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14850
Immigration
Cornell University
Steve Yale-Loehr is an Attorney Of Counsel in Miller Mayer Immigration practice group. He brings 30 years of immigration law experience to bear in advising corporate and individual clients on a broad array of family- and employment-based immigration matters. In addition to his work at Miller Mayer, Mr. Yale-Loehr is an active and internationally renowned member of the immigration law community. He teaches immigration and asylum law at Cornell Law School as a Professor of Immigration Practice. He also founded and was the original executive director of Invest in the USA (IIUSA), a trade association of EB-5 immigrant investor regional...
Adam Rosenfield Schaye
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Ithaca, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Immigration, Business and IP
Cornell University
Mr. Schaye’s practice exclusively focuses on EB-5 regional center, developer and investor representation. Mr. Schaye has also represented companies and individuals in a broad range of litigation matters, including extensive trial and appellate experience. In 2012, Mr. Schaye successfully defended an international executive against a foreign governmental agency’s attempt to enforce a multi-million dollar foreign default judgment in the United States. The judgment was held to be void in the U.S. for failure to meet U.S. standards of due process.
Hilary Todd Fraser
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Ithaca, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Immigration
Cornell University
Ms. Fraser represents EB-5 families, physicians, engineers, teachers, and other highly trained professionals, as well as hospitals, colleges, IT companies, and religious organizations in pursuit of work authorizations and other immigration benefits. Ms. Fraser has presented at national conferences on immigration office staffing and U.S. immigration agency practice. Prior to law school, Ms. Fraser lived in China and New York City, where she worked as a teacher and writer.
Xiayue (Summer) Yin
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Ithaca, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(607) 273-4200 215 East State Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6435
Ithaca, NY 14850
Immigration
KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Xiayue (Summer) Yin is an Associate in Miller Mayer’s Immigration practice group. Ms. Yin concentrates her practice on employment-based immigration law focusing on the EB-5 preference category. She advises on individual EB-5 source of funds and business documentation for investors primarily from China, utilizing her experience as a Chinese corporate attorney. Ms. Yin’s fluency in Mandarin and commercial experience facilitates communication with Miller Mayer’s numerous Chinese clients and representatives. Ms. Yin also assists Miller Mayer’s regional center and developer clients and individual clients in seeking various immigrant or non-immigrant statuses. Prior to joining Miller Mayer, Ms. Yin worked...
Craig Kevin Nichols
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Syracuse, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(315) 445-8762 333 Butternut Drive
Suite 103
Syracuse, NY 13214
Free ConsultationImmigration and Personal Injury
Syracuse University College of Law
Our law office is a preeminent Personal Injury and Immigration law firm helping individuals for over 28 years with personalized attention and concrete, concise advice to achieve their Personal Injury and Immigration goals. With a dedicated practice concentration in Immigration and Personal Injury, we limit our case intake to ensure each client we choose to represent will receive the qualities this law office was founded upon 28 years ago-Integrity. Attention to Detail. Making a Difference. Feel free to call for a free consultation.
Janet E Moon
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Syracuse, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(315) 701-6462 110 West Fayette St.
Ste. 1000
Syracuse, NY 13202
Immigration
Syracuse University College of Law
Janet has proven herself to be a trusted advisor to her clients, helping businesses, families and students navigate the immigration system. Janet can help your family come together through the green card or visa process, including fiancé visas, immigrant visas, adjustment, and citizenship processes. She helps international students transition from studying to working in the US. She also helps businesses build new locations in the US and retain talented people from around the world. Janet has experience preparing clients for interviews and hearings, handling denials, notices of intent to deny, requests for evidence and other problems that can arise...
Sharon Ames
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Syracuse, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(315) 423-0282 247 West Fayette Street
Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
Immigration
Syracuse University College of Law
Our practice is limited exclusively to Immigration Law. Sharon Ames has been a member of AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association) since 1999. Ms. Ames is fluent in Spanish.
Syracuse, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(315) 488-5544 107 Montrose Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13219
Immigration, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and International
East Syracuse, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(315) 437-7600 5010 Campuswood Dr
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Immigration, Business and Education
Utica, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 55 years experience
(315) 798-1055 258 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13502
Immigration, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Syracuse, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(315) 233-8225 101 S Salina St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Immigration and International
Auburn, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(315) 253-0326 110 Genesee St
Auburn, NY 13021
Immigration and Real Estate
Franklin Pierce Law Cente
Syracuse, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(315) 472-1935 317 Montgomery St
Syracuse, NY 13202
Immigration and Education
Daniel R. Lasar
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New York, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(646) 494-2116 276 Fifth Avenue
Suite 704
New York, NY 10001
Immigration, Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Probate
Emory University School of Law
Member of four state bars (NJ, NY, GA, and NC). The firm has extensive experience in Personal Injury, wills, trusts, and estate planning; probate; green card petitions and naturalization applications (including immigration guidance in various issues); traffic ticket defense (throughout the state of New Jersey); business formations, and credit card debt defense.
Tudor Neagu
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New York, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(215) 356-9917 The DuMont Building
515 Madison Avenue, 6th floor
New York, NY 10022
Immigration
Villanova University School of Law
I have practiced immigration and nationality law throughout the United States, but primarily in New York. I specialize in immigration litigation for EOIR matters such as asylum, cancellation of removal, adjustment, habeas corpus, deferred action, waivers and appellate work. I have obtained numerous grants both in immigration court and at the asylum office for clients from China, Haiti, South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. I currently have the privilege of working at Wildes & Weinberg, PC, one of the most well-respected immigration firms in the United States, founded in 1960 and serving a distinguished clientèle.

I hold...
Ralph Behr
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(800) 761-3446 260 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016
Free ConsultationNew York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
Immigration, Domestic Violence, Securities and White Collar Crime
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Attorney Ralph Behr has been a prominent criminal trial attorney in Florida for over 30 years. His practice is 100% criminal trials, both Federal and State. Attorney Behr is the Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association. Call if you have a criminal issue, have an immigration matter with criminal aspects, or want a consultation with Attorney Behr. Practicing in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and New York, most of my work is cases of complexity and challenge. Your freedom is mine to protect! I have over thirty...
Nina Frances Juncewicz
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Ellicottville, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(716) 636-7600 6133 Route 219 South
Ste. 1005
Ellicottville, NY 14731
Immigration, Business, Employment and International
State University of New York - Buffalo
Nina Juncewicz serves as Special Counsel to HoganWillig's Corporate Immigration department. Her U.S. immigration and relocation experience spans 25 years in representing those internationally seeking to obtain physical access to the United States market for commercial work and/or family reunification. Her experience was developed early as an outstanding scholar for the agency formerly known as INS at the U.S/Canadian border, and later in its Buffalo District Office’s litigation Department. This experience brought her first-hand knowledge of the technical nuances of complex U.S. immigration law and the government adjudication process which she uses for her client’s benefit. She later practiced business...
Steven A. Goldstein
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New York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer
(212) 201-9031 800 Third Ave
28th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Free ConsultationImmigration
Rutgers University - Camden
Mr. Goldstein is a former U.S. Immigration Prosecutor who handles all immigration matters. The firm, Pozo Goldstein, LLP serves clients in removal proceedings, family and business visa cases, employment visas, investment visas, appeals, motions and any other complex immigration related matters. Our offices are located in Miami, New York, Orlando, and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Edit Stelczner
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(212) 859-5019 43 West 43rd St.
Ste. 132
New York, NY 10036
Free ConsultationNew York, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 5 years experience
Immigration and Business
Fordham University School of Law
We pride ourselves in being attentive, caring and successful in the fields of immigration and business formation.
Janet Fashakin
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Richmond Hill, Queens, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(718) 805-2522 105-22 Jamaica Avenue
Richmond Hill, Queens, NY 11418
Free ConsultationImmigration, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Janet Fashakin is a seasoned attorney of over two decades, a journey that started in Africa in 2000 church. She received her bachelors in law from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, She proceeded to receive her Masters in Law from Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law in New York. She embarked on her doctorate studies at Walden University in Baltimore, USA, where her dissertation focuses on the "Challenges faced by the African American Women upon their release after serving their terms."
Bar Admissions: The Supreme Court of Nigeria;
The Supreme Court of New York State 2nd...
Matthew Borowski Esq
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Buffalo, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(716) 330-1503 4343 Union Rd
Buffalo, NY 14225
Immigration, Appeals and Criminal
Drexel University
The first-generation son of immigrants, Matthew Borowski is a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer. He has been featured on news media outlets including CNN, NBC, ABC, and The Buffalo News for his asylum and refugee work. Matthew is licensed in both the U.S. and Canada. He is well-versed in immigration matters including deportation defense, family and business immigration including NAFTA/TN visas and rehabilitation/waivers, federal criminal defense, and post-conviction relief. He appears before Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, USCIS, New York state courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Borowski Law is located in downtown Buffalo,...
Thomas Tona
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St. James, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(844) 866-2529 870 Middle Country Road
St. James, NY 11780
Free ConsultationImmigration, Collections and Personal Injury
Mr. Thomas Tona represents numerous clients in a wide variety of Personal Injury accident cases, in courts across New York State.

Additionally, the firm represents business litigation clients when they have a legal dispute with another party over monies owed.

Tona Law also prosecutes civil claims where healthcare providers seek reimbursement of denied healthcare claims, under the New York State No-Fault law.

Since its inception in 2001, Mr. Tona’s law firm, TonaLaw, has built a reputation as one of New York’s premier legal firms due to its’ expertise and integrity. TonaLaw’s consistent track record of uncompromising ethics instills confidence and trust....
Lee A. Koch
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New York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
(844) 562-4529 535 FIfth Ave 25th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Immigration, Criminal, DWI and White Collar Crime
New York Law School
As a veteran of the United States Air Force, I hold the same core values of "Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do" as I did when I served. My training and expertise were in handling highly sensitive matters, computer systems, and developing technology to complete my mission. My Clients First, Justice Always approach to handling cases means I will be there for you when you need me the most.
Svetlana Prizant
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Forest Hills, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(718) 407-0871 118-21 Queens Blvd.
Suite 507
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Immigration
St. John's University School of Law
Svetlana Prizant is the President and Managing Attorney of Prizant Law, a practice concentrating exclusively on the areas of US Immigration and Nationality law. Using legal experience combined with an understanding of the immigrant communities she represents, she has repeatedly obtained extraordinary results for her clients. Mrs. Prizant began her practice with the sole intent of providing one-to-one service to all of her clients. Her interest in immigration law stems from her personal background as well as her belief in the essential role immigrants play and the positive contributions they make to American society. Having immigrated to the United...
Naresh Menghraj Gehi
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Queens, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(718) 263-5999 118-21 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11375
Free ConsultationImmigration, Bankruptcy, Business and Family
The University of Georgia School of Law and New Law College
Naresh Gehi is too experienced Immigration attorney licences in the Eastern and Southern district of New York and Connecticut. Mr Naresh Gehi practiced in New York and Connecticut, the US Southern and Eastern District courts of New York. Attorney Gehi holds a master of laws from the University of Georgia, especially sophisticated in Immigration laws. Naresh Gehi successfully challenged many Immigration and deportation cases and helping the Immigrants to get out of the legal problems for the last 13 years in New York. Along with the other Immigration lawyers launched an Immigration law firm called Gehi & Associates. This...
Peter Briskin
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(212) 608-7778 225 Broadway
Suite 1012
New York, NY 10007
Free ConsultationNew York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
Immigration, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Law Office of Peter Briskin represents victims of accidents in New Jersey and New York City as well as New York State. Our practice is limited to people injured in car, motorcycle and truck accidents as well as people injured in slip and fall accidents, dog bites and medical malpractice.

We provide free consultations whether your accident was catastrophic or minor, providing the same level of service regardless of severity.

Our office is completely electronic and utilizes the latest technology from communication to investigation and preparation.

We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to answer your questions!
Susan Beth Henner
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White Plains, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(914) 358-5200 34 South Broadway, Suite 218
White Plains, NY 10601
Free ConsultationImmigration
New York Law School
Susan Henner has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years. A 1994 graduate of New York Law School, Susan is the co-chair of the Westchester County Bar Association, Immigration Committee and an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School. Susan assists employers to obtain green cards and visas for clients, and also practices in the areas of removal & deportation. Her areas of practice include: PERM, H-1B visas, O-1, EB-1s, political asylum, cancellation of removal, waivers, and deportation defense. Conveniently located in White Plains, Susan Henner offers free consultations and speaks Spanish.
Batya Ehrens
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New York, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(347) 961-8472 3 Columbus Circle
15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Immigration
American University
Batya Ehrens is a passionate advocate for immigrants, and for economic growth through the contributions and ingenuity of immigrants. She is widely published and lectures on topics including: the DREAM Act; visa options for start-ups, techies and other entrepreneurs; issues affecting physicians; E-Verify; I-9 compliance; naturalization; and grassroots advocacy. Batya Ehrens founded the Schwartz Ehrens Immigration Law in New York City . The Firm is a full-service immigration law firm serves the mobility needs of individual and corporate clients around the world. We specialize in employment and family-based U.S. immigration (green cards and visas),...
Henry Lung
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Mineola, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(516) 248-8253 92 Willis Ave
Mineola, NY 11501
Immigration, Criminal, Divorce and Family
St. John's University School of Law
I am a proud graduate of St. John’s University School of Law (1999). I am currently on the Alumni Board of Directors at the law school I used to attend. Prior to attending law school, I attended New York University and I was a double major in Political Science and Spanish language studies. I graduated from NYU in 1994. In addition to practicing law, I am also enrolled at Bethel Seminary of the East and someday (meaning before I get sent to an old-folks’ home), I hope to obtain a Master’s Degree in Divinity Studies. I...
Ms. Norka M. Schell
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New York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(212) 258-0713 17 State Street
Suite 4000
New York, NY 10004
Immigration, Business, Criminal and International
Golden Gate University School of Law and FACULDADE DO VALE RIO DOCE
Norka M. Schell is a passionate advocate for her clients. Ms. Schell represents U.S. companies, foreign companies and individuals in protecting their legal rights - emigration and immigration, trades, commercial, dispute resolution, import and export - though both preventive measures and, when necessary, litigation. With an J.D. and L.L.M. in International Legal Studies, Ms. Schell speaks the language of global business and has a first- hand understanding of the issues facing her clients.
John Carney
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New York, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(917) 696-2363 401 East 34th Street
Suite N32D
New York, NY 10016
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
I have been a criminal and family lawyer for 34 years and have practiced in Buffalo, Manhattan, Niagara Falls, and many other cities in New York State. I was one of the first lawyers in the state chosen by a panel of judges to handle capital murder cases and have handled some of the biggest criminal cases in New York State. We are one of the very few law offices that are statewide so that no matter where you have a case we will be able to represent you. I am a CLE criminal law instructor and have taught criminal...
Mark I. Davies
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New York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(877) 960-3285 375 Park Avenue
Suite 2607, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10152
Immigration
University of Pennsylvania
Dual qualified as a lawyer in the United States and the United Kingdom, Mark I. Davies is the Global Managing Partner and founder of Davies & Associates, LLC. Mark also Chairs the Global Business and Investor visa team and focuses his practice on EB5, L1, E2 and other business and investor visa solutions. A former General Counsel, Mark is relied on as primary counsel to major corporations, investors, non-profits and businesses of all sizes.

Mark holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a law degree from a major university in the United Kingdom (UK) and an...
Leonard R. Boyer
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(718) 286-9132 3145 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Brooklyn, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
Immigration, Bankruptcy, Family and Foreclosure Defense
New York Law School
Although my firm practices in several different fields of law, my expertise is primarily in Mortgage Foreclosure Defense,Divorce & Family Law, Bankruptcy, and Mortgage loan modification. In terms of divorce law, I have a unique prospective from both my personal and professional experience that few other attorneys can match. To me, each case is personal, each client is a person, never just a file number.
Ekaterina Mouratova
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New York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer
(212) 203-2460 222 Broadway, 19 floor
New York, NY 10038
Free ConsultationImmigration, Business, IP and Real Estate
Pace Law School
I am a founder of The Law Firm of Ekaterina Mouratova, PLLC. The legal practice of my firm focuses on business and corporate law, immigration, securities regulations, intellectual property, and real estate transactions. I believe that qualified legal representation involves not only expertise in the subject matter and outstanding performance, but also creativity and determination to find the most beneficial procedures for my clients. Whether advising multinational companies on cross-border transactions and joint ventures, or assisting individual entrepreneurs, artists, and immigrants, I do my job in an efficient, result-oriented, expeditious and personable manner.
Lawrence M. Kasen
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New York, NY Immigration Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(212) 961-7390 305 Broadway
14th Floor, Suite 18
New York, NY 10007
Immigration, Business and Criminal
Howard University School of Law and University of New Mexico
Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, I witnessed first hand the disparate treatment of individuals based on their country of origin, race and station in life. Even before becoming an attorney, I wanted to ensure that the civil rights afforded under the United States Constitution to individuals and business entities were equally and readily available. In furtherance of this objective, I went to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and studied the history, religion, languages and culture of many Native American peoples throughout North America as well as cultural anthropology. Realizing that the study of law would further my...
Rachel Einbund
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New York, NY Immigration Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(212) 252-2125 118 East 28th Street, #1005
New York, NY 10016
Immigration
New York Law School
Rachel Einbund is in the business of changing people’s lives for the better. When New York passed the Marriage Equality Act in 2011, Rachel was inspired to open her own law practice, recognizing an opportunity to help the LGBT community in ways that had not yet been possible. Law Office of Rachel Einbund (LORE) specializes in green card applications based on marriage and family petitions. Rachel is a strong female business owner who does great humanitarian work. She mentors law students and holds free workshops and information sessions. A graduate of NYU and New York Law School, Rachel celebrates...
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are components of the Department of Homeland Security and handle the processing, enforcement, and adjudication of U.S. immigration matters. U.S. immigration laws treat persons as either citizens or aliens. The law classifies aliens according to immigration status, with each group afforded different rights and obligations, such as the right to reside in the United States, the right to sponsor relatives, and the right to work in the United States. Aliens may be lawful permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), immigrant visa holders, temporary lawful visitors, or undocumented persons.

Immigration lawyers represent persons seeking visas or green cards, which allow them to enter or remain in the United States. Two common types of visas are employment-based visas and family-based visas. Employment-based visas grant a non-U.S. citizen the right to work in the United States. Spouses and children may sometimes accompany employment-based immigrants. Family-based visas confer lawful permanent resident status to a foreign national based on an immediate relationship to a U.S. citizen.

Immigration attorneys also handle deportation/removal, naturalization (citizenship) and asylum matters. Because immigration proceedings are often complex, an immigration attorney is invaluable to those dealing with immigration issues.


Deportation/removal: The formal removal of an alien from the United States when the alien has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. Removal (formerly called deportation) is ordered by an immigration judge without any punishment being imposed or contemplated.

Lawful permanent resident: Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant.