Our Practice Areas
Deportation & Removal Defense
Have you or a loved one been detained by ICE? Or have you received a “Notice to Appear” before an immigration judge for removal proceedings? We understand how confusing and frightening these moments can be, and we are here to help you understand what is happening and what you should do next.
Seth has extensive experience with bond hearings for detained noncitizens, as well as removal proceedings and deportation defense. He recognizes that time is of the essence when a loved one has been detained or is suddenly scheduled to be deported. Seth is a passionate advocate for clients facing these situations, bringing together a knowledge of the law, a familiarity with the immigration court system, and compassion for the families who must go through these difficult experiences.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your specific situation. While we cannot guarantee any particular outcome, we can promise to treat your case with the professional care it deserves.
Do you fear returning to your home country because you or your loved ones could be harmed? You may qualify under U.S. immigration law for protection from persecution, whether through a grant of asylum, withholding of removal, or protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT). Our team will work with you to discover how the law may apply to your situation, always sensitive to the emotional cost of revisiting past frightening events in your life.
Contact us today for a free consultation to determine whether applying for asylum or similar protection is right for you. Please note that U.S. immigration law requires an asylum application to be submitted within one year of entering the country, unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing you from doing so. But even if you are past this deadline, don’t hesitate to explore this option today if you fear persecution on account of your race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or because you belong to a group of people that are targeted for harm in your country.
Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) seeking to petition for a family member to obtain a visa or adjust status in the U.S.? Our team is dedicated to finding the best legal solution to your family-based immigration needs. We understand that this process can be stressful and takes time, and we will be here for you every step of the way. We will walk you through applying, gathering documents, and interviewing with USCIS, paying attention to the details of your family’s unique situation. Please contact us for a free consultation to discover the options that are available for you and your loved ones.
Are you ready to take the final step on the pathway to citizenship? We would be thrilled to accompany you across the finish line! Our team will help you complete your application, gather appropriate supporting documents, and prepare for your Naturalization Interview and Exam. Contact us for a free consultation and more information today!
Are you under age 21, or are you caring for an undocumented child or teen? If a minor has been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents, they may be eligible to apply for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). This status comes with a waiver of inadmissibility for immigration violations like entry without inspection and working without a permit, and it allows a child to adjust status to lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) and eventually apply for citizenship.
The process for obtaining SIJS is complex, as it may involve communication with the minor’s parents in their country of origin, as well as interaction with family court in the child’s current county of residence. In addition, the seriousness of abuse, neglect, or abandonment in a child’s life must be recognized. Our team is prepared to offer compassionate, professional assistance with this process, always keeping in mind the most important thing: the well-being of the child. Contact us today for a free consultation to see if this is the right option for you.
Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) with a close family member living in another country? Or are you currently outside the U.S., hoping to be reunited with your U.S. citizen or permanent resident relative? Applying for visas on behalf of family members living abroad can be confusing, and you will want to be sure to get each step right.
Our team can guide you through submitting a Petition for Alien Relative to the USCIS, following the instructions from the National Visa Center, and preparing for an interview at the foreign consulate. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your family’s specific situation. We cannot guarantee any particular outcome, but we will help you meet the requirements for consular processing efficiently and accurately.
Crimes & Immigration
Have you or a loved one been arrested for or convicted of a state or federal crime, or do you have a criminal history from your country of origin? The consequences of crimes for immigrants can be complex and serious, and they require a knowledgeable attorney’s help to navigate. Whether you are a permanent resident (green card holder) or undocumented, you may be facing orders of deportation from the U.S. based on the type of crime committed, or difficulty in obtaining visas or other immigration benefits.
Seth is passionate about finding solutions for individuals and families facing these challenges, and he recognizes how time is of the essence in crafting a strong defense and communicating with the courts and the government. Our team will work together to meet these obstacles in a compassionate, professional, and timely way. Contact us today for a free consultation about your specific situation.
Did you or your child arrive in the U.S. without documentation and before your 16th birthday? Were you born after June 16, 1981, and have you continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 until now? If you are at least 15 years old, you may be eligible for a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Contact us today for a free consultation about whether you meet the requirements for DACA, based on your specific situation. Our team also assists clients with DACA renewals and the complexities of previous removal orders, deportations, arrests, and departures from the U.S. We realize that this area of the law is subject to change at any time, and we will strive to address your needs with up-to-the-moment legal solutions.
Would you like to find out if you are eligible for work authorization in the United States? Applicants for certain immigration benefits, such as asylum, U-Visas, and Green Cards, may qualify for work permits while they wait for their petitions to be processed. Other immigrant and non-immigrant visa categories have specific rules about who may work, how to apply for work authorization, and how to renew a work permit. Let us help you navigate the details of this complex system! Contact us today for a free consultation about your specific situation. Let’s get to work!
Have you been the victim of violence from a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse? Even if you do not have a legal immigration status, you can apply for relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). (Yes, this law protects men, too!) We understand that domestic abuse is a particularly difficult and sensitive issue to talk about, and we will do all we can to provide you with a safe space as you learn about your options for immigration relief.
Please contact us for a free consultation about your specific situation. If you are still in danger, consider using a device that cannot be tracked by your spouse. We will keep all communications confidential as we work together toward a positive outcome.
Fiancé & Fiancée Visas
Congratulations on your engagement! If you or your fiancé are a citizen of another country living outside the U.S., the U.S. citizen partner may file for a K-1 visa to allow their fiancé to enter the U.S. to be married. U.S. immigration rules require that you have seen each other in person within the last two years, and that the marriage take place within 90 days of the foreign fiancé’s arrival. In addition, you will need to convince the government that your relationship is genuine, not a pretense for the noncitizen fiancé’s acquiring a Green Card.
Our team stands ready to help you navigate this application and interview process, so that you can have peace of mind as you take this meaningful step. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your specific situation!
Are you hoping to make your relationship with the United States a permanent one? Adjustment of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident—or “Green Card holder”—will allow you to live and work anywhere in the U.S., and eventually apply for citizenship. There are many types of Green Cards, the most common being those based on a close family relationship with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, Employment-Based Green Cards, and Humanitarian Green Cards offered to those with asylum and refugee status or who have been victims of crime.
Such a significant step naturally involves meeting the many requirements of the U.S. immigration law. Our team can help you complete applications, gather supporting documents, and prepare for interviews. In addition, we can identify details in your personal history that may make adjustment of status more challenging, such as arrests and convictions or a recent divorce from a U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse. Contact us for a free consultation to determine your eligibility for adjustment of status, and what you would need to do next to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!
Has an Immigration Judge denied your application for asylum protection, or your request for cancellation of removal or other immigration relief? The U.S. immigration court system allows for timely appeals of lower court decisions, first to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and then to the U.S. Federal Courts. Seth has experience writing appeals to both of these judicial bodies, crafting effective, precise legal arguments reflecting the facts of each client’s case and the elements of current immigration law.
Appeals must be filed within a certain time period of the final decision in your case, so contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your options. While we cannot guarantee any particular outcome, we will commit to zealous advocacy for you at every judicial level.
Have you been found to be “inadmissible” to the United States, or are you facing a lengthy ban on returning to the U.S. if you return to your country to apply for a green card? Applying for a “Waiver of Inadmissibility” might be an option for you. We will work with you to complete the application, gather supporting documents, and craft a statement that effectively explains your situation to the government. While we cannot guarantee any particular outcome, we strive to provide our clients with the best advice for their unique situation.
Contact us for a free consultation about whether you may be eligible for a Waiver of Inadmissibility and the steps you would need to take to apply.
Do you fear returning to your country of origin because you could be harmed on account of your sexual orientation or gender identity? You may be eligible for asylum or other protection under U.S. immigration law. We realize that even talking to a stranger about these sensitive issues may seem daunting. But if you are brave enough to try, we will listen with attention and compassion. We are committed to helping you navigate the asylum process with dignity, and we will work with you to present the details of your particular case to asylum officers or an immigration judge as effectively as possible.
Contact us today for a free consultation about your situation and how we might help you. We look forward to hearing from you!
Are you a foreign student at a U.S. university with questions about your status and your options for remaining in the country in the future? Do you need to renew your F-1 Visa or apply for a work permit? Contact us for a free consultation and let us address your questions and concerns, so you can get on with your studies without anxiety about your status!
TPS & Humanitarian Visas:
Perhaps you have heard in the news about “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS) for citizens of your country, or some of the humanitarian visa programs offered by the United States government to immigrants from certain nations.* If you would like to explore one of these programs to see if you are eligible for this relief—or if you already have this status and wonder “What’s next?”—please contact us for a free consultation.
*(Recent countries whose citizens have been granted TPS status include Venezuela, Burma (Myanmar), El Salvador, Haiti, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, and Sudan. Humanitarian Parole is currently available to qualifying citizens from Cuba and Haiti, while citizens of Liberia may apply for Deferred Enforced Departure.)
U-Visas & T-Visas
Have you been the victim of a crime in the United States, and have you helped in any way with the investigation of the crime? Or have you been brought into the United States by people who tricked you and forced you to work in unfair conditions? You may be eligible to apply for special immigration relief, called a U-Visa or a T-Visa, available to victims of certain crimes even if they are in the country without permission. Successful U-Visa and T-Visa applicants may apply for work authorization and eventually for permanent residence. Contact us for a free consultation about your specific situation to find out if you might be eligible to apply for one of these forms of relief.