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Immigration

Pender & Coward immigration lawyers work with businesses and individuals on immigration and naturalization matters with a primary focus on employment and family-based services. 我们在协助外国人方面有专长, obtaining visas, green cards, I-9 documents, 以及基于就业的移民.

We are experienced in representation before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. 劳工部, 以及移民法庭, 同时也为客户处理美国的业务提供支持.S. 世界各地的大使馆和领事馆. We take pride in providing exceptional service and representation, and educating our clients throughout every stage of the immigration process.

具有为美国公民申请移民福利的经验.S. 公民、非公民和雇员.Business clients value our advice on the recruitment and retention of non-U.S. citizen workers. Individuals seek our advice on immigration options for themselves or friends and loved ones. Our employment-based immigration work includes employment authorization, sponsorship, 对所有领域的工人进行核查. Our family-based immigration work includes spousal and family petitions, 解除居住条件, 以及工作和旅行许可. 我们协助处理与刑法有关的移民事宜, 代表被拘留人员, 并协助其他律师处理移民问题. Our lawyers have extensive experience with the immigration consequences of criminal law, 这两个领域经常是交织在一起的.

Pender & Coward attorneys take pride in providing excellent representation with detailed communication, a personal touch, and expertise in handling the following matters for our clients:

就业移民(EB)

  • Obtaining employer work authorization for immigrants and nonimmigrants (H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, TN, O-1), 外国工人永久居留权, EB-2, EB-3, EAD), 协助完成i -9签证, and documentary compliance with applicable laws (I-9 compliance and E-Verify)
  • National Interest Waivers (EB-2 NIW) for workers with experience, education, and skills in the United States’ national interest and qualify for bypassing the labor certification and job offer requirements in petitioning for lawful permanent residence
  • I-9 audit services to employers to ensure compliance with documentary requirements for employment verification of employees without engaging in discrimination

家庭移民

  • Obtaining immigration benefits for foreign family members including parents, spouses, siblings, 和美国的孩子们.S. 公民和合法永久居民
  • 亲属申请包括K-1未婚夫(妻)申请(I-129F), 符合条件的亲属申请(I-130), 永久居留申请(I-485), application for naturalization (N-400) and certificates of citizenship (N-600), and counsel regarding potential impact of various actions on work authorization or legal status, 包括提交适用的豁免(I-601和I-601A)

个人请愿书

  • 获得美国个人移民福利.S. 公民和非公民. 出生在美国的人.S. citizen parent, or a parent later naturalized, may already be a U.S. citizen. We provide representation for filing for a certificate of citizenship (N-600 or N-600K) for citizenship automatically at birth or who derive citizenship at a later date, 以及申请入籍(N-400)
  • 获得学生签证(SEVIS, I-20, F-1), applying for waivers of 2-year foreign residency requirement when eligible, J-1状态的导航选项, and evaluating options for aliens who entered without inspection (EWI) or are potentially subject to unlawful presence bars with potential relief under DACA or prosecutorial discretion

刑法及其对移民案件的影响

  • Non-U.S. citizen criminal charges covering potential ramifications of conviction or plea agreement on immigration status
  • 刑事定罪甚至逮捕, plea agreements, and deferred findings that can have long-range impact on immigration matters
  • Criminal matters involving minor victims that may bar certain immigration petitions pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act
  • Minor offenses that may invoke serious and permanent consequences particularly when drugs or alcohol are involved, examining each case on its specific facts to determine if the charges or conviction involve crimes in moral turpitude (CIMT), 加重重罪和轻罪, 或者毒品犯罪
代表性案例及交易
  • Represented a lawful permanent resident in post-conviction modification of a plea agreement and sentence which resulted in the client’s release from ICE detention.

  • Represented major employer in the sponsorship of numerous workers from the H-1B stage through PERM labor certification and obtaining lawful permanent resident status.

  • Successfully represented foreign former spouse for removal of conditions on lawful permanent resident status following very short marriage to U.S. 并克服了婚姻欺诈的指控.

  • 成功代表一个U.S. citizen petition in overcoming the Adam Walsh act prohibition with regard to a fiancée visa by demonstrating that petitioner posed no risk of harm to the fiancée.

  • Represented military members in bringing foreign spouses and children into the U.S.

  • Represented individuals seeking a second opinion during the immigration process when another law firm or attorney is handling the employer-side petition.

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Immigration