Frequently Asked Questions

Cambridge Immigration Law

Answers to Your Questions about Cambridge Immigration Law

Should I hire a lawyer to resolve my immigration legal issue?

It is possible to navigate the immigration process on your own; but just as you might hire a licensed professional to guide you through buying a house or filing taxes, there are clear benefits in hiring an attorney to help you navigate immigration law. Even standard cases can go amiss, resulting in financial, professional and personal consequences. The U.S. immigration system can be confusing, illogical and bureaucratic, causing delays and roadblocks. If you have a case that can be filed with USCIS, the National Visa Center, a US embassy/consulate or your case is before an immigration court, you should strongly consider engaging an attorney. Contact us here to start working with us.

How do I schedule a conversation with an attorney at Cambridge Immigration Law?

Cambridge Immigration Law offers online scheduling and payment tools that eases the process for scheduling a consultation. If you have any questions about scheduling an appointment, making a payment, or understanding the information and documents you will need for your consultation, the team at Cambridge Immigration Law is happy to help. You will meet Attorney Ellen Sullivan in-person, via Zoom, or over the phone for your consultation.

What happens after I hire Cambridge Immigration Law?

Our team works to understand your immigration goals and will offer empathy and transparency throughout your immigration legal process so that you can focus on your professional, academic, family, and personal goals. We strive to understand your specific case and advise you on the expected timeline and outcome with regular and honest updates. We strive to use the law to its fullest extent to resolve your immigration concerns in the most efficient, just, and compassionate way.

How much will it cost to work with Cambridge Immigration Law?

Your initial 60-minute consultation with Ellen costs $250. If you decide to engage Cambridge Immigration Law, the firm charges $400/hour or flat fees, depending on the nature of the case. At the initial consultation, we will advise you about the expected cost of guiding you through your immigration process and communicate proactively throughout our representation about changes in timeline or process. For many immigration cases, such as standard marriage-based green card cases, we charge our clients a flat fee for a package of services. Our flat-fee packages for marriage-based green card cases start at $3,600 and go up from there, depending on a variety of factors including where the application will be processed (in the US or at an US embassy/consulate), the scope of services, and legal and factual issues in your case.

Where and when do you meet with clients?

We understand that our clients have many priorities in their lives besides their immigration legal concerns, so we strive to be flexible in meeting our clients’ needs. We usually meet with clients on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm, but we are happy to schedule evening and Saturday meetings for an additional charge. We meet with clients in person at our Cambridge, Massachusetts office, or on the phone or over Zoom if they prefer. We continue to wear masks in our office.

Who is on the Cambridge Immigration Law team?

Owner Ellen Sullivan has practiced immigration law for 15 years during four Presidential administrations. Licensed in Massachusetts, Ellen can practice immigration law nationwide. Associate Attorney Katie Horigan works closely with Ellen and their clients on legal matters. Our amazing management team, Office Manager Peter Rich and Office Assistants Marian Alcocer and Elisabeth Clagett, ensure clients feel connected to their attorneys and have a transparent sense of the progress toward resolution of their legal matters. To learn more about our team, visit the Our Team page.

Do you represent clients outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts?

Yes! Attorney Sullivan’s Massachusetts law license authorizes her to practice federal immigration law nationwide. Ellen regularly represents clients who live all over the United States and who are immigrating to the United States through U.S. embassy applications. We also represent clients at USCIS hearings around the United States. However, we also take great joy in our connection to the Cambridge community where we work, live, and raise our families, and we love to work with clients who are also our neighbors in our community.

What kind of immigration cases does Cambridge Immigration Law Handle? 

While Cambridge Immigration Law focuses on family-based immigration matters, especially marriage-based green card applications, our deep knowledge of all aspects of immigration law makes us extremely effective advocates for our clients with immigration matters relating to family and employment. We have developed an expertise in a variety of immigration case law for a diverse range of clients, ranging from simple consultations to complex litigation in federal immigration court. Our firm has vast connections to practitioners in other legal practice areas if non-immigration legal matters are required. For more detail on the kinds of cases we have successfully resolved, click here.

Does Cambridge Immigration Law handle waiver cases?

Yes. Our attorneys represent clients on I-601 waivers of inadmissibility, most often focusing on fraud, misrepresentation, and criminal issues. We also represent clients on I-612 waivers of the J-visa two-year home residency requirement. In addition, we represent clients on I-601A provisional waivers. Finally, there are a number of less common embassy and court waivers that we work on as well.

Does Cambridge Immigration Law represent clients who did not start with an attorney or who want to change attorneys?

For the benefit of our clients, we strongly encourage clients to engage our services before they file any immigration application. However, Cambridge Immigration Law works with clients whether they are at the beginning of the process or in the midst of their immigration application when they decide to engage an attorney or change attorneys. We guide many clients through multiple stages of their immigration journey, but not every client comes to us at the beginning of that process. Some clients hire us in the middle of their cases; for example, when the case seems stuck; when the client received a Request for Evidence or Notice of Intent to Deny; or before a USCIS interview. We also work with clients who were unhappy with the service or responsiveness of their past lawyers and decide to transfer their case to our firm.

Come work with us!

Please use our online scheduling tool to request a consultation or contact us directly with further questions.
We look forward to partnering with you to resolve your immigration concerns.

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Marriage-Based Green Card Document Guide

We work hard to make your immigration case easy for you. Use this easy guide to help you organize the documents that you would use if you are eligible to submit an application for a marriage-based green card application. You should consult with an attorney to figure out if you are eligible for a green card before you submit any applications or documents to the U.S. government.