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A Medieval labyrinth, one of the best known of its type, is inlaid in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.

According to scholars, labyrinths offer one pathway that leads inexorably from the entrance to the goal, although by the most complicated and winding routes.
Labyrinths & Mazes Resource Centre
The Federal courts have compared the task of immigrants and their lawyers to navigating a labyrinth. Litigants must weave a complex tapestry of evidence, then juxtapose and reconcile it with the voluminous and sometimes inconsistent and ever changing administrative and court precedent. "These factors and related legal requirements are daunting enough for a seasoned immigration lawyer….It is no wonder we have observed with only a small degree of hyperbole, the immigration laws [are]…second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity. A lawyer is often the only person who could thread the labyrinth." Baltazar-Alcazar, 386 F.3d 940, 947-48 (9th Cir.2004).



Naturalization and Citizenship

  • Evaluations for Eligibility for Naturalization and Citizenship
  • Applications for Naturalization
  • Derivative Citizenship and Applications for Certificates of Citizenship
  • Military Naturalizations
  • "Good Moral Character" Analysis
  • Preservation of Residency for Citizenship
  • Expedited Naturalization
  • Advice on Impact of Criminal Convictions
  • Restoration of Lost Citizenship
  • Administrative Appeals and Federal Litigation

General Immigration Issues

  • Representation for Consular Processing for All Visas
  • Advice for Border Crossings
  • Entries for Visa Exempt Canadians
  • Representation for Deferred Inspections
  • Advice on Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • Assistance with Retention and Renewal of Immigration Documents
  • Representation in Agency Investigations
  • Applications for Asylum
  • Applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Applications for Waivers of Inadmissibility
  • TNs (NAFTA) Petitions for Canadians and Mexicans
  • Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), Visa Waivers
  • Petitions for Victims of Crimes and Trafficking T and U
  • Applications for Special Registration, such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA
  • Immigration Applications for people holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Status
  • Applications for Waivers of Inadmissibility and Others
  • Applications for Registry

Deportation Defense and Litigation

  • Applications for Asylum, Withholding of Removal, Convention Against Torture
  • Administrative Hearings, Administrative Appeals, and US Courts of Appeals
  • Habeas Corpus Petitions
  • Mandamus Petitions

Business Petitions and Visas
(Non Immigrant Categories)

  • Specialty Occupation Professionals H-1A; H-1B; and E-3
  • Intra-Company Transfers L-1A and L-1B, and Blanket Ls
  • Business Visas for Australians E-3
  • Treaty Traders and Investors E-1, E-2
  • Diplomats, Employees of International Organizations A
  • Journalists and Media Representatives I
  • Persons of Extraordinary Ability, Artists, Scientists, Entertainers, and Others O-1
  • Athletes, Entertainers and Reciprocal Exchanges P-1
  • Exchange Visitors and Programs J-1
  • Cultural Exchange Programs Q-1
  • Religious Officials and Workers R
  • Representation of Health Care Professionals: Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists
  • Training Visas H-3
  • Applications for Employment Authorization EADs

Employment-Based Immigration

  • EB-1 Immigrants of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors, Researchers and Certain Multi-National Immigrants
  • Processing of National Interest Waivers
  • Electronic Review Management (PERM Process) Alien Labor Certifications
  • EB-2 Members of the Professions with Advanced Degrees and Exceptional Abilities
  • EB-3 Professionals with a Bachelor’s Degree and Skilled Workers with at least Two Years Experience
  • EB-3 Other Workers with less than a Bachelor’s Degree and less than Two Years Experience
  • EB-4 Certain Religious Workers
  • AC 21 Transfers and Consultations

Business and Corporate Compliance Issues

  • Preparation and Representation - Audits and Government Visits
  • Consultations on Compliance Issues for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Corporate Restructuring
  • Advice on I-9s, Recordkeeping, and I-9 Compliance Programs
  • Labor Condition Applications (LCAs), Recordkeeping, Including Public Access Files
  • PERM Process Audits and Recordkeeping

Family Immigration

  • Petitions for Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents
  • Other Family Petitions
  • Immigrant Petitions for Widowers, Widows, and Children
  • Adjustment of Status: Green Cards
  • Evaluations on Priority Date Issues, Retention, and Grandfathering
  • Waivers
  • Representation for Humanitarian Parole, Waivers, and Appeals
  • Representation for Removal of Conditions (I-751 Petitions)
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Petitions
  • Representation for Petitions for Orphans and Adopted Children
  • Advice on the Intersection of Immigration and Divorce

Students and Educational Institutions

  • F-1, M-1 Students
  • SEVIS Programs and Issues
  • J-1 International Exchange Visitors
  • J-1 Waivers
  • International Trainees
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