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- Immigration attorney to help with dual citizenship
- Immigration help for citizenship
- Inexpensive Immigration Lawyer
- Immigration lawyer to help with H1 visa
- Immigration attorney to help my brother immigrate to the US from Israel
- Need ''Legal Aid'' for illegal immigrant
- Immigration attorney for permission to re-enter the US
- Immigration attorney for immigration nightmare
- Earlier recommendations
I'm looking for a competent immigration lawyer (preferably in Berkeley) who can give me the lowdown on becoming a dual citizen. Thanks!
Immigration lawyer in Berkeley: Michele Mack Liedeker. liedeker [at] yahoo.com 415-378-3704 She's in Berkeley, despite 415 number.
Looking for an immigration lawyer for some questions for moving from green card to citizenship status. Prefer Berkeley to San Pablo or SF. Shamrock
Check out Bernardo Merino Law: http://merinoimmigrationlaw.com/ He has offices in San Jose and San Francisco.
Dustin Bankston is an immigration attorney in Albany. He focuses his practice in applications involving adjustment of status, naturalization, and humanitarian issues. His firm endeavors to help immigrants in low-income communities by setting competitive, affordable prices and offering payment plans. -- Dustin C. Bankston, Attorney at Law Bankston Immigration Law Office 1604 Solano Ave. Berkeley, CA 94707 (510) 725-0987 bankstonimmigration.com
We need any recommendation or advise to solve an immigration situation; looking for an Inexpensive Lawyer or Advocate group to know how to start the process. We have two children, things are getting harder, so we want to make sure, we all stay together. Thanks for reading. Hope
I've know Geri Kahn, since early 90's. She is honest, knowledgeable, and reliable attorney. At the time I had no money, she was helping me for almost nothing. When we met, she was just out of law school and I am sure had lower overhead.
I am not sure how much is she charging now, but I am sure that she will give you a good advise.
Here is her contact: www.gerikahn.com
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There are a number of charitable organizations that assist with immigration advice for low income people. Some examples I found by googling:
- Catholic Charities of the East Bay | Immigration and Citizenship
- East Bay Community Law Center http://www.ebclc.org/
- Alameda County Bar Association - Volunteer Legal Services/Immigration Clinic I'm sure there are more ...
Hello, I an new to Berkeley and looking for a good immigration lawyer to help us with an H1 visa. I do not want to overpay but I do want best help possible. Any recommendations please? Thanks, Daniela
I would highly recommend you to Leslie Jewell for your immigration needs/H1 Visa. She and her paralegal, Dorrie, are just wonderful, and will take care of anything that you need, or be able to point you in the right direction. Website is www.lawjewell.com or call 415-856-0100. Rates are very reasonable, but most importantly, they are thorough and good. They have helped my partner and my sister with a variety of immigration needs (from simple to complex). Kandra
Adria-Ann McMurray handled my immigration case through to citizenship several years ago and I highly recommend her for her professional, yet personal, approach. Although she works mostly on family-based cases, she also handles business cases, such as H1-Bs. Adria-Ann McMurray 1225B Solano Avenue, Albany CA, 94706 (510) 841-0788 http://www.immigrationlawmcmurray.com/
If you're looking for an attorney in a larger immigration firm that specializes in business cases, contact Michael Ungar at Simmons & Ungar. Michael Ungar 50 California St #470, SF, CA 94111 (415) 421-0860 http://www.simmonsungar.com Good luck. anon
Hi there, I can highly recommend Rhoda Wilkinson Domingo. She brings such passion to what she does, and her results are amazing. She has tried cases that resulted in two published opinions (a rare accomplishment), and she brings that same enthusiasm to every case she takes on. She can absolutely help you with your H1 situation. You can reach her at (415) 986-1121 or office [at] lawrwd.com. Best of luck to you. Kimberley
I would like to recommend a fabulous immigration lawyer named Acton Yang. He has been incredibly helpful, understanding and generous with me and my British husband. His main office is in San Jose, but he also has an office in San Francisco. He was very affordable, as well. Give him a call! Acton Yang 408.920.0538
I am looking for a recommnendatiuon for a great immigration attorney to help my brother immigrate to the US from Israel. I am a US Citizen, immigrated to the US 10 years ago, work full-time and can support my brother. I am looking for an experienced attorney. If he speaks Russian or has an experience with helping to immigrate from Israel to the US it would be an extra plus. Please help!!! Will appreciate your help greatly
Perhaps Ilya Zdragat? He speaks Russian and offers free consultations by e-mail. Here is his site--English: http://emigration-visa.com/en/
You could at least e-mail him the details of your situation and he should be able to advise you. Immigrantka
My clients have been happy with immigration attorney Jennifer Smythe. Her office has Russian language support. Jennifer Smythe Law Office of Gali Schaham Gordon Immigration and Nationality Law 55 New Montgomery Street, Suite 308 San Francisco, CA 94105 Ph: (415) 284-1601 Fax: (415) 520-0790 jennifer [at] galigordon.com www.galigordon.com Visit our blog at: www.galigordon.com/blog Bio: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifersmythe . . Scott
Try George Hepner at http://www.immigrationlaw.com. He's located on Market St in San Francisco. I dealt with him when I was helping my brother get into the US a couple years ago. George was very helpful, very approachable, easy to reach, and the visa process went really smoothly. Rosie
Hello all I am looking for a referral to a ''legal aid'' group that works with illegal aliens. This particular case revolves around a driving ticket where the illegal alien was basically profiled for having a driver's license from Oregon, and that led to other actions that I find extremely distasteful if not illegal. Wondering if there are groups out there that would help in situations such as this. Thank you in advance.
Try the ACLU! They may take the case if it involves a civil liberties violation, and especially if it could help change existing law or establish a precedent. Anon
Contact Canal Alliance based in San Rafael for a resource in Oakland/Berkeley; they have an immigration legal department. Legal Aid of Marin might also be of help in terms of resources--I'm pretty sure there are similar orgs in the East Bay, but I am most familiar with Marin. Patti
Cesar Ternieden is a very good immigration attorney with a lot of experience in dealing with illegal immigrants cases. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. He may be reached at 415-845-6151. Simona
I need a recommendation for an immigration lawyer. My husband has a green card, we are temporarily living in Europe, and we need to renew his permission to re-enter the US when we return to Berkeley. In this hostile climate, I worry about his jeapordizing his green card, so I would like to consult with a savvy immigration lawyer. Thank you. rachel
There is an excellent immigration firm in San Francisco. The attorneys are knowledgeable, experienced, professional, and nice. I can't recommend them highly enough. McCown & Evans mccownevans.com
I have a dear friend whose husband is stuck in an immigration nightmare. He is from Cental America and has been here since he was a child. She and her children are citizens. They have worked with an attorney and despite the money they have paid him they have not been well served. Recommendations for attorneys in the east bay or sf area most welcomed. worried friend
Hi, has your friend contacted the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco? They specialize in serving as a legal clearinghouse for both immigration lawyers and immigrants. There are several excellent immigration lawyers affiliated with this organization that they can refer your friend to. Their website is: www.ilrc.org and their phone number is: 415-255-9499 Best of luck.
I highly recommend my office mate, Evelyn Herrera (510-845-1200) for immigration issues. She is highly experienced and is a native Spanish speaker from El Salvador. Hopefully she can help. Ariel
You will want to contact Lunas & Rampton (www.lunasrampton.com) who work all over the Bay Area at either 415-398-5484 or 510-333-5978. Recently they've been honored by California Lawyer Magazine with the 2008 Angel Award for their pro bono work at the immigration clinic in Oakland's Centro Legal de la Raza. Two very wonderful people who care passionately about the families they serve! Carla
I didn't reply immediately to the lady who was looking for an immigration attorney, but I would recommend this one I know. Her name is Julia Day Marquez. Her tel. nr is (415)781-2338. She works at Fallon, Bixby, Cheng & Lee, Immigration Law, 130 Battery street, Suite 550, San Francisco, CA 94111. She was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful to me. I don't know if she would be the right fit for you, but you can give it a try. Marie
Steve Baughman 415-576-9923 and Jim Mayock 415-765-5111, both in SF, specialize in immigration. Both are very smart guys. Steve speaks Mandarin. Jim has given talks on immigration from Europe. peg
Immigration lawyer for Green card
I need a recommendation for an Immigration Attorney for Green Card. The existing recommendations are two years or three years old. Thanks, A.
My office mate, Evelyn Herrera is an excellent immigration attorney with years of experience. Her office is in Berkeley and her number is 510-845-1200. Ariel
Seven years ago, my husband and I used Judith Bloomberg, (415) 258-9152/415-392-6101 and we found her great. She helped us get my husband a green card after we got married. Stephanie
Immigration lawyer for children of a green card holder
We are looking for a good immigration lawyer - someone that knows their stuff, not too expensive and preferably in Berkeley area. We want to apply for a green card for children of a green card holder. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Cali
I highly recommend Mary Beth Kaufman. She is an excellent lawyer as well as a kind and compasionate advocate for her clients. She handles all kinds of immigration law, including family-based immigration, asylum, deportation defense, and appeals (and she's fluent in Spanish). She has worked with well-known immigration firms for the last several years but recently started her own practice, so she is able to offer her clients reasonable rates and personal, individualized attention. Her office is in Oakland, and her contact info is 510-409-8928 or email at marybethkaufman [at] gmail.com Friend and Colleague
Adria-Ann McMurray is an immigration lawyer, incredibly competent, experienced and respected. Nice too!! Here is her information: Adria-Ann L. McMurray Immigration Law 2140 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94704 Phone: (510) 841-0788
I highly recommend my friend and colleague, Evelyn Herrera for assistance with immigration issues (she also handles family law matters). Evelyn is smart, experienced, ethical, and a great advocate. She is also a native Spanish speaker. Evelyn has a new office in Berkeley and can be reached at 510-845-1200 Ariel
Immigration lawyer for teen sister's green card
Hello, could anyone recommend a good immigration lawer? We have a case where my parents were given a green card and my sister (14 y.o.) was not. The whole point for them to come here is so that my sister could go to school here, in US. Please help!!! Thank you so much!! Paula
I'd like to recommend the law firm of Bohbot & Riles, Karine Bohbot and Elizabeth Riles. They are both bright young lawyers specializing in discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and immigration law. Karine is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The url of their website says it well: http://www.strikebacklaw.com If I ever have a legal problem in their areas of expertise, they will be my lawyers! Cecelia
Minette Kwok from Minami Lew & Tamaki is a great immigration atterney. She is one of the atterney at this big law firm. So, she is a bit pricey. But she is very nice and good. Her number is 415-788-0436. Her office right above Tiffany at Union Square. Another person is Earnest Lew. It happened to be a same last name but they are not related. He may be cheaper since he has his own office for himself. He is very nice too. His number is 415-359-0184 and his office is by Van Ness near Japan Town. Both of them are very approachable and easy to talk to. Good luck with your case. Sachiko
Immigration attorney for H1 visa
I need a recommendation for a local immigration attorney, who can work with a small-business employer to apply for an H1 visa without too much cost. I saw the recommendations on the website, but they were several years old. Mark
I highly recommend David Mainland in San Francisco. I have used his services three times. He helped me several years ago with my Citizenship, then he helped my wife with her H1-B and finally with her Green Card. His rates are very reasonable and he is well-connected at the INS. I have referred several other friends to him who were all extremely happy with his services.
David Mainland 530 Bush Street, Suite 404 San Francisco CA 94108 415-362-0245
Good Luck! Kai
H1's really aren't too scary and the BCIS website is pretty thorough in telling you what you need to do - if you're willing to do it. I'm an HR professional and the first H1, in mid-1990's, I did with a lawyer. I spent more time double checking their work than my money was worth. I no longer use a lawyer except to consult if there is something special about a candidate. I found that the web answered any question I had and there was no need to pay a lawyer a few hundred or thousands to double-check my work - especially since most introduced mistakes rather than fixing anything. That said, Fragomen DelRey and Burnsen is a immigration attny office with good resources, if you don't go it alone, they may be a good choice. http://www.fragomen.com/ employer sponsored
I'd recommend Mr. Jaime Alcabes, Esq in Oakland, his number is 510-893-6150. He is efficient and very smart. M
You can try this person: Anja Freudenthal, (415) 834-1884. Tell her you were referred by the International Institute of the East Bay. Katie
Immigration attorney for expired student visa
Can anyone recommend an immigration attorney? I have a student living in my home whose student visa has expired. I would like to do all I can to help her stay here and the past recommendations are dated.
Immigration attorney David Mainland (415-362-0245) helped me 16 years ago. He has very reasonable fees and is on top of things. His wife Gitte manages the office and also knows about latest INS regulations. You can get a lot of good advice for free over the phone. I've never heard anyone having a bad experience with them and I have referred at least 7 people to them, who were then able to stay in the country. Heike Helmer
Angela Bean, in San Franicsco, is an experienced, ethical immigration attorney with a bent toward the underdog. Sorry I don't have her number handy, but she's in the phone book. Good luck. I also understand Marc Van der Hout is good. wife of immigration attorney in training.
My friend Love Macione has an immigration practice in SF. She's very knowledgable and friendly. Her number is: 415-734-9400. Liz
Response to request for recommended immigration attorney:
Erica L. Tomlinson Simmons & Ungar 50 California Street #470 SF CA 94111 415-277-4965 fax 415-421-0772 erica.tomlinson at simmonsungar.com
She helped our firm with a difficult situation where an employee had previously received the wrong type of visa, and we needed to get it changed to the correct type of visa. (Other attorneys said it was not possible to do.) Cassandra
If you are looking for a Competent, Knowledgeable,Thorough, and Affordable Immigration Attorney,I highly recommend Kaushik Ranchod.His also a Very Amicable and Likeable person.His phone number is 415-934-8472, and email is kaushik at ranchodlaw.com. He is in 211 Gough Street. San Francisco.CA. 94102.
Immigration attorney for permanent immigrant status
I would welcome recommendations of an immigration lawyer in the Bay Area that can deal with getting permanent immigrant status (the green card). We are scientists with Ph.D's from American universities. I read the recommendations in the UCB parents webpage but all of them seem to be written by Americans who delt with attorneys from the employer side. I wonder if any of you foreign parents has any stories to share about getting the green card, things to avoid, lawyers to avoid, etc. Also, how much does it cost, how long does the whole thing take? Thanks very much!!! Irene
I can highly recommend David Mainland. He handled my case 15 years ago and is simply the nicest lawyer around. Other lawyers approached me with a hostile attitude like immigration would (how real is your marriage?), David is very relaxed and is friends with everyone, including immigration officers. When we nervously went to the INS for the interview, David Mainland's presence was as calming as having my Dad next to me. He only charged me half of what the other lawyers in their ostentatious offices demanded and got to work on my case without questioning anything. I have sent David many referrals whose cases he worked out successfully (work visas, marriages, green cards). When he was getting a work visa for an Italian friend of mine, he told her that he would knock $200 off her case, because he considered it an easy one. Hard to find a lawyer like that! He's got the heart in the right spot. Gitte, his cheerful German wife, manages his office. They always give free advice over the phone and won't charge you anything unless they get to handle your case. Here is their number: 415-362-0245. Heike
I used Terry Helbush (whose office was in San Francisco at that time -1991-1992). I got my green card going through the labor certification process, without a hitch. Terry was very efficient and was able to work with my employer, who was anxious about the process. Sara
I recently had my permanent residency case approved (still waiting for the actual Green Card) after 5 years! My employer sponsored me through this process via i140 petition under member of profession with advanced degree. I imagine you'll be qualified under the same category. Even within the same category, though, the length of wait varies significantly -- mine took a lot longer than most people. My advice are (i) to find a lawyer who has an in to INS (I've heard this really makes a big difference, which my lawyer didn't), and (ii) once your case is filed with INS, lobby your local politicians to bug INS about your case. Yes, it does not sound like a fair process, but it's the sad truth about dealing with this federal government agency. Good luck (yes, you'll need a lot of). Satomi
I highly recommend Philip M. Levin in San Francisco (415) 392-4660, who specializes in immigration matters. He was very efficient in getting the INS to give me American citizenship and seems to be very dedicated to the cases that he takes. He also had very good advice about how to prepare for the test that you have to pass before being granted citizenship, and even accompanied me to the INS for the test to make sure everything was done right. The fees will depend on your case, but expect to pay at least $2000. Well worth the relief from the stress of having to wait indefinitely for the INS to acknowledge that you even exist! Maria
I would recommend a woman I used to work with named Julie Pearl in San Francisco. Her firm is Munro, Nelson, Pearl and McCown. Julie was one of the most generous employers and attorneys I ever worked for and her staff loved her, she had many clients, and they always seemed very happy with the services rendered. http://www.immigrationlaw.com/ http://www.immigrationlaw.com/aboutourfirm/Pearl.html
Hi, this lawyer does some consulting for the company I work and has helped me with employment authorization issues. He was always nice to me and it seems to me he knew everything I wanted to know. I can't tell you about the cost, but you could call him and ask. The firm is located in Oakland.
Jonathan McNeil Wong Voice: 5104510544 Donahue, Gallagher, Woods & Wood, LLP URL: http://www.donahue.com
A great Immigration attorney is AdriaAnn McMurray. She has offices in SF and Berkeley. She is reasonable, prompt, caring and thorough. She has more than 12 years experience in everything from deportation defense to business and student visas. She specializes in HIV and Juvenile issues. She can be reached at 415/3979422, 400 Montgomery St, SF.
There are a lot of notverygood immigration lawyers around; more than in many other areas of the law. I can recommend Bob Jobe (Law Offices of Robert Jobe) for employment-type immigration issues. He is very bright, personable and reasonably hardworking. I don't know if he handles political asylum or illegal alientype issues, but Marc Van der Hout (recommended on UC Parents website) is great on those. Both are in SF.
Christine Brigagliano, in San Franciso, is a very nice person and I like her office environment. They seem to know what they're doing, but doublecheck everything anyway, especially if it's done by assistants. They seem to rush things a bit sometimes.
From: Peter (10/98)
I haven't had to use him myself, but I've heard good things about Marc Van Der Hout in SF. He's in the phone book. I know he's on the Steering Committee of the National Lawyers Guild's Immigration Project. THe NLG is an organization of progressive lawyers and legal workers.
Another resource is for referrals is the immigrant assistance line , (415) 543-6767.
From: Michael (10/98)
Van der Hout is one of two principals in the firm Van der Hout and Brigagliano. I used his partner, Christine Brigagliano, to handle the H1-B and permanent residency work for an employee of mine in my last job. I haven't done a lot of comparison shopping, but I was pleased with the work that Christine did. She had legal assistants handle a lot of the legwork, and was able to do the work at a fixed price for us, rather than billing us by the hour.
One warning: On two occasions, we were told to expect action by Immigration by some particular date. Those dates came and went with no action. The fault wasn't Christine's; Immigration processes paperwork in a different inertial frame of reference, and it's hard to predict when they'll finish without an advanced degree in physics and some chicken entrails. However, it was pretty demotivating to the employee to see dates come and go without progress. Be sure, whoever your lawyer is, that you understand which deadlines are firm, and which are merely likely to be met.
The firm has offices in SF and Palo Alto. My Palm Pilot reports:
Christine Brigagliano Attorney at Law Van der Hout and Brigagliano, LLP Work: 650 688 6020 Fax: 415 981 3003 (SF fax) Other: 415 981 3000 (SF office), www.vblaw.com Palo Alto office address: 525 University Ave, Suite 1420 Palo Alto, CA SF office address: 180 Sutter Street, Fifth Floor San Francisco, CA 94104