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NAVIGATING SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE (SIJ) CLASSIFICATION: A PATHWAY TO PROTECTION AND PERMANENT RESIDENCY

If you are a young person in the United States who has experienced abuse, abandonment, or neglect by a parent, you may be eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification. This classification can provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency (Green Card). Here’s a comprehensive guide to understanding the SIJ classification, including eligibility criteria, the application process, and what to expect.

Who Can Apply for SIJ Classification?

To be eligible for SIJ classification, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Age Requirement: You must be under 21 years old at the time you file the SIJ petition (Form I-360).
  2. Residency: You must be currently living in the United States. Applications cannot be submitted from outside the country.
  3. Marital Status: You must be unmarried at the time of filing and when USCIS makes a decision on your petition. This includes:
    • Never having been married, or
    • Having a marriage that ended in annulment, divorce, or death.

Necessary Court Order

A valid juvenile court order from a U.S. state court is required. This order must state that:

  • You are dependent on the court or in the custody of a state agency or an appointed individual/entity.
  • You cannot be reunified with one or both parents due to abuse, abandonment, neglect, or a similar basis under state law.
  • It is not in your best interest to return to your home country or the country where your parents reside.

Note: Some juvenile courts may only issue these orders if you are under 18 years old.

Exceptions and USCIS Consent

You do not need to be under the juvenile court’s jurisdiction if it ended because you were adopted, placed in permanent guardianship, or aged out of the court’s jurisdiction.

You must demonstrate that the juvenile court order was sought to obtain relief from maltreatment and not primarily for immigration benefits. USCIS must give consent for your SIJ classification, ensuring your intent aligns with protection from abuse or neglect.

If you are in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), you need written consent from HHS for the court’s jurisdiction if your custody status changes.

State Juvenile Court Orders and USCIS Authority

State juvenile courts handle dependency or custody determinations, which are essential for establishing eligibility for SIJ classification. They decide if a juvenile has been mistreated and cannot be reunified with their parents and if it’s in their best interest to stay in the U.S.

However, state courts cannot grant SIJ classification or lawful permanent residence. Only USCIS has the authority to make these immigration decisions.

Filing the SIJ Petition (Form I-360)

To petition for SIJ classification, submit the following to USCIS:

  • Form I-360: Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.
  • Proof of Age: Birth certificate, passport, or other official identity documents.
  • Juvenile Court Order: Valid order with required determinations and evidence.
  • HHS Consent: If applicable, written consent from HHS.
  • Form G-28: Notice of Entry of Appearance if represented by an attorney.

In-Person Filing Before Your 21st Birthday

If delays prevent timely filing, you can file Form I-360 in person at a USCIS field office within two weeks before turning 21. Contact the USCIS Contact Center to request an expedited appointment.

Deferred Action Consideration

If you have an approved SIJ petition but cannot apply for adjustment of status due to unavailable visa numbers, USCIS will consider you for deferred action. Deferred action defers removal proceedings and allows you to apply for employment authorization (Form I-765).

Applying for

a Green Card Based on SIJ Classification (Form I-485)

Once you have been granted SIJ classification, you can apply for a Green Card by filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Here are the steps and what to expect:

  1. Filing Form I-485: If an immigrant visa is immediately available, you can file Form I-485 at the same time as Form I-360. If a visa is not available, you must wait until one becomes available.
  2. Required Documentation: Include supporting documents such as your juvenile court order, evidence of age, and any other relevant documentation.
  3. Biometrics Appointment: USCIS will schedule an appointment for you to provide fingerprints and photographs.
  4. Medical Examination: Submit Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, either with your application or when requested.
  5. Interview: You may be required to attend an interview with an immigration services officer.

After Filing

After submitting your Form I-485, USCIS will:

  • Send you a receipt notice.
  • Contact you for additional evidence if needed.
  • Schedule a biometrics appointment.
  • Possibly schedule an interview.

Decisions and Timelines

  • SIJ Petition (Form I-360): USCIS aims to make a decision within 180 days of filing. If approved, you will receive an approval notice; if denied, you will receive a notice explaining why and how to appeal.
  • Green Card Application (Form I-485): If approved, you will receive an approval notice and your Green Card. If denied, you can file a motion to reopen or reconsider the decision.

Consideration of Deferred Action

USCIS will automatically consider deferred action for SIJ petitioners with approved Form I-360s who cannot apply for adjustment of status due to visa unavailability. If granted, deferred action allows you to stay in the U.S. and apply for employment authorization (Form I-765).

Employment Authorization

If you are granted deferred action, you can apply for employment authorization by filing Form I-765. Indicate eligibility category (c)(14) and do not file before receiving deferred action.

Updating Your Address

Ensure USCIS has your current address to receive all correspondence, including deferred action notifications. Update your address through the USCIS website.

The SIJ classification offers vital protection and a pathway to permanent residency for young individuals in the U.S. who have faced abuse, neglect, or abandonment. While the process involves obtaining a valid juvenile court order and navigating the USCIS application steps, achieving SIJ classification can ultimately lead to a more secure and stable future. For more detailed information and guidance, consult the USCIS Policy Manual and consider seeking legal advice. If you have further questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Cambridge Immigration Law for expert support.

R-1 NONIMMIGRANT RELIGIOUS WORKERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Ministers and non-ministers in religious vocations and occupations have the opportunity to come to the U.S. temporarily under the R-1 nonimmigrant visa. This visa allows them to perform religious work, contributing to the spiritual and communal well-being of various religious organizations across the country.

Who Qualifies for the R-1 Visa?

An R-1 nonimmigrant is a noncitizen who comes to the United States temporarily to work at least part-time (an average of at least 20 hours per week) as a minister or in a religious vocation or occupation. The employment must be with a:

  • Non-profit religious organization in the United States;
  • Religious organization authorized by a group tax exemption holder to use its group tax exemption; or
  • Non-profit organization affiliated with a religious denomination in the United States.

To qualify, the individual must have been a member of a religious denomination with a bona fide non-profit religious organization in the U.S. for at least two years immediately before filing the petition.

How to Apply: Petition Process and Evidence Needed

A U.S. employer must file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, on behalf of the noncitizen seeking to enter the United States as an R-1 religious worker. Here are the steps and requirements for the petition process:

  1. Form I-129 Submission: The prospective or existing U.S. employer files this form.
  2. RFRA Exemption: If any eligibility requirement burdens the organization’s religious exercise, they may seek an exemption under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) with a written request explaining the burden.
  3. Supporting Documents: The petitioner must provide evidence of eligibility, including proof of tax-exempt status, proof of salaried or non-salaried compensation, and proof of denominational membership.

Demonstrating Tax-Exempt Status

The petitioning organization must prove its tax-exempt status. This can be done by providing:

  • A valid IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter.
  • An IRS group tax exemption determination letter if recognized under a group tax exemption.

If the IRS determination letter does not specify religious exemption, additional documentation such as articles of incorporation or bylaws must be provided to establish the religious nature and purpose of the organization.

Evidence of Compensation

The petitioner must submit verifiable evidence showing how the religious worker will be compensated, including:

  • Past evidence of compensation for similar positions.
  • Budgets, W-2 forms, or certified tax returns.
  • Documentation for self-support, if applicable, such as bank records or donation records.

Verification of Denominational Membership and Job Qualifications

The petitioner must also provide:

  • Evidence that the religious worker has been a member of a qualifying religious denomination for at least two years.
  • Qualifications for the offered position, such as ordination certificates, theological education documentation, and details of the denomination’s ordination requirements.

On-Site Inspections

USCIS may conduct on-site inspections before or after making a final decision on the petition. These inspections verify the details provided in the petition, including the work location, compensation, and duties of the religious worker.

Duration of Stay

An initial R-1 visa is granted for up to 30 months, with the possibility of extensions for an additional 30 months, not exceeding a total of five years. Time spent outside the U.S. does not count towards the five-year limit.

Intent to Depart and Dual Intent

R-1 religious workers must intend to depart the U.S. when their nonimmigrant stay expires. However, the filing of an immigrant visa petition or permanent labor certification application will not be a sole basis for denying R-1 classification.

Family Members

Spouses and unmarried children under 21 of R-1 visa holders may be eligible for R-2 classification. However, R-2 dependents are not authorized to work in the U.S.

Employment Changes and Notification Requirements

Employers must notify USCIS within 14 days of any employment changes, including termination or change of employment location. A new Form I-129 must be filed for changes in employment terms or conditions.

For more detailed information about the R-1 visa and to ensure a smooth application process, consulting the USCIS Policy Manual and seeking professional advice is highly recommended. At Cambridge Immigration Law, our experienced team is ready to assist you with your R-1 visa application and any other immigration needs.

Contact us today to learn how we can support your journey to perform religious work in the United States.

CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL FOR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENTS

CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL FOR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENTS

Facing removal proceedings as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) due to a criminal conviction can be an overwhelming experience. However, understanding your eligibility for cancellation of removal offers a potential solution to retain your green card and remain in the United States. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the intricacies of cancellation of removal for LPRs, outlining the application process, evidence requirements, and factors influencing the immigration judge’s decision.

Initiating the application process for cancellation of removal requires completing and filing Form EOIR-42A, also known as the Application for Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status for Certain Nonpermanent Residents. This form serves as the foundation of your case and requests detailed information about your background, residency history, and familial ties in the United States. While completing the form, it’s essential to provide accurate and thorough responses to ensure your eligibility is properly evaluated by the immigration judge.

Proving eligibility for cancellation of removal entails gathering extensive evidence to support your case. This includes demonstrating that you have been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years and have maintained continuous residence in the United States for seven years prior to the initiation of removal proceedings. To substantiate these claims, you’ll need to compile a comprehensive portfolio of documents, such as copies of your green card, tax transcripts, lease agreements, utility bills, and employment records. Additionally, affidavits from family members, friends, and community members attesting to your character and contributions can strengthen your case.

The immigration judge presiding over your cancellation of removal hearing will weigh various factors to determine whether you merit relief. Adverse factors, such as the nature of your criminal conviction, immigration violations, and previous encounters with law enforcement, will be considered alongside humanitarian factors. These may include family ties in the United States, the impact of deportation on you and your loved ones, community involvement, employment history, and evidence of rehabilitation. Presenting a compelling narrative that highlights your positive contributions to society and demonstrates your commitment to reform can significantly influence the judge’s decision in your favor.

Navigating the complexities of cancellation of removal proceedings requires skilled legal representation. An experienced immigration attorney can provide invaluable guidance throughout the process, helping you gather evidence, prepare your case, and present compelling arguments before the immigration judge. By partnering with a knowledgeable advocate, you can navigate this challenging process with confidence and increase your chances of success in retaining your lawful permanent residency.

NAVIGATING IMMIGRATION APPLICATION DENIALS: UNDERSTANDING COMMON REASONS AND SOLUTIONS

NAVIGATING IMMIGRATION APPLICATION DENIALS: UNDERSTANDING COMMON REASONS AND SOLUTIONS

Embarking on the journey of immigrating to a new country is filled with anticipation and challenges. Despite thorough planning, immigration applications can face denials, causing distress and uncertainty. Understanding the reasons behind these denials is crucial for applicants to address potential pitfalls effectively.

Criminal Record

A significant reason for immigration application denial is a criminal record. Certain offenses may raise concerns about public safety, leading to denial and potential deportation. Honesty with legal counsel about past criminal history is essential, as it significantly impacts the case strategy. However, it’s important to note that not all criminal records automatically result in denial. Factors such as the nature and severity of the offense, the length of time since the offense, and evidence of rehabilitation may influence the outcome of the application.

Lack of Evidence

Providing ample evidence to prove eligibility for the desired visa or residency is essential. Failure to do so or providing insufficient documentation can result in application denial. Collaborating with experienced legal professionals ensures the thorough collection of required documents for USCIS review. It’s imperative to meticulously follow the guidelines provided by USCIS for each specific visa category and submit all required supporting documents. Additionally, applicants should be prepared to provide additional evidence or clarification if requested by immigration authorities.

Ineligibility for Visa Category

Each visa category has specific requirements, and failure to meet these criteria can lead to denial. Understanding the requirements and restrictions of the desired visa category is vital to avoid ineligibility. Prospective immigrants must thoroughly assess their eligibility for their chosen visa category before submitting their application. This includes meeting criteria such as educational qualifications, work experience, familial relationships, and financial stability. Seeking legal advice early in the process can help applicants identify any potential eligibility issues and explore alternative immigration options if necessary.

False Information

Falsifying information on an immigrant visa application is a serious offense that can lead to denial and legal consequences. Accuracy and truthfulness in all provided information are crucial to avoid such repercussions. Applicants should carefully review all forms and documents before submission to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date. Any discrepancies or inaccuracies should be promptly addressed with the assistance of legal counsel. It’s essential to remember that even minor inaccuracies or omissions can have serious consequences and jeopardize the success of the application.

Navigating the complexities of the immigration system can be overwhelming, which is why seeking expert legal guidance is crucial. At Cambridge Immigration Law, our experienced immigration lawyers offer personalized assistance to help applicants navigate the intricacies of the immigration process. We work closely with our clients to ensure accuracy in documentation, avoid common pitfalls, and stay updated on regulatory changes. Entrusting your case to our competent legal representation empowers prospective immigrants to mitigate stress and significantly enhance their chances of achieving a successful outcome in their immigration journey.

UNDERSTANDING THE DISTINCTION: AFFIRMATIVE VS. DEFENSIVE ASYLUM APPLICATIONS

UNDERSTANDING THE DISTINCTION: AFFIRMATIVE VS. DEFENSIVE ASYLUM APPLICATIONS

In the complex landscape of immigration law, seeking asylum in the United States can take two distinct routes: affirmative and defensive asylum applications. These pathways represent crucial distinctions in the process of obtaining asylum status and navigating the intricate legal framework designed to protect individuals fleeing persecution in their home countries.

 

Affirmative Asylum Application Process

The affirmative asylum process is tailored for individuals who are not currently in removal proceedings. It involves proactively applying for asylum through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Applicants present their case to a USCIS asylum officer, detailing the circumstances of their persecution and the grounds for seeking refuge in the United States. If the asylum officer denies the application, the individual is then referred to removal proceedings, where they can renew their asylum request through the defensive process and present their case before an immigration judge.

Defensive Asylum Application Process

In contrast, the defensive asylum process is designed for individuals who are already in removal proceedings. These proceedings typically occur when individuals are apprehended in the United States without proper legal documentation or are found to be in violation of their immigration status. In the defensive process, asylum is applied for as a defense against removal from the U.S. Applicants submit their asylum application directly to an immigration judge at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) within the Department of Justice.

Access to Legal Representation

Regardless of whether individuals pursue affirmative or defensive asylum applications, they have the right to legal representation. However, unlike the criminal court system in the U.S., the government does not provide lawyers for individuals in immigration court, even if they are unable to afford legal counsel on their own. This underscores the importance of securing competent legal representation to navigate the complexities of the asylum process effectively.

Additional Forms of Protection: Withholding of Removal and CAT

Beyond affirmative and defensive asylum applications, there are alternative forms of protection available to individuals facing persecution in their home countries. Withholding of Removal and relief under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) provide avenues for safeguarding individuals from deportation in cases where asylum may not be granted.

Withholding of Removal offers protection to individuals who can demonstrate a likelihood of facing persecution if returned to their home countries due to factors such as race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. While individuals granted withholding of removal are not eligible for a green card, they are permitted to remain and work lawfully in the United States.

Relief under CAT is available to individuals who fear torture in their home countries. To qualify, individuals must prove that they are more likely than not to be tortured, either directly by the government or with the acquiescence of the government, upon return to their country of origin. This form of relief provides an additional layer of protection for individuals fleeing persecution and torture in pursuit of safety and freedom in the United States.

The affirmative and defensive asylum application processes serve as essential avenues for individuals seeking refuge from persecution in their home countries. Understanding the nuances of these processes, along with alternative forms of protection available, is crucial for navigating the complex landscape of immigration law and securing safety and security in the United States.

Women’s Bar Association Ushers in New Leadership

Womens Bar Association Ushers in New LeadershipBOSTON, MA – March 27, 2023 – The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its Annual Meeting and New Lawyer Reception on March 23, 2023 at Suffolk University Law School.

The WBA is pleased to welcome Jessica Babine as the organization’s incoming President.   Jessica is a partner at Cornetta Babine LLC where she practices civil litigation and real estate in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Prior to forming Cornetta Babine LLC, Jessica served as lead New Hampshire counsel at a national law firm’s Boston office focusing on business litigation and before that at a local Massachusetts firm focusing on worker’s compensation and personal injury cases.  Jessica has been active in the WBA since 2011, beginning with the New Lawyers Committee, which she co-chaired from 2016 to 2019.  In 2012, Jessica joined the Legislative Policy Committee, co-chairing the LPC from 2016 to 2022.  Beginning in 2019, Jessica was elected to the WBA Board of Directors, and she has served as Secretary, Vice President of Operations, and President-Elect during that time.  In 2020-2021, Jessica was a member of the Women’s Leadership Initiative.  In addition to her WBA activities, Jessica serves as a Board member for the Essex County Bar Association, the North Shore Women in Business, and for her local neighborhood association.

Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell was the keynote speaker at the Reception that followed. She shared lessons from her life and career and described how the work of the Attorney General’s office intersected with so many issues facing the legal profession, such as reproductive rights, gun rights and violence prevention, and housing issues.  She also emphasized the importance of the Women’s Bar Association and expressed a desire to continue to collaborate with the WBA on future initiatives.

At the annual meeting, the WBA also voted on a slate of officers and elected members of the Board of Directors.  The organization welcomes the following new and returning officers and directors for 2023-24.

WBA Officers

President: Jessica Babine, Cornetta Babine LLC
President-Elect: Alexandra Mitropoulos, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
Vice President of Membership & Statewide Outreach: Kim Donlon, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Vice President of Operations: Julie Dick, Community Legal Aid
Treasurer: Payal Salsburg, Laredo & Smith LLP
Secretary: Emily Robey-Phillips, Holland and Knight LLP

WBA Immediate Past President

Kristy Lavigne, Office of Bar Counsel

WBA Board of Directors

 At-Large Directors

Jessica Caamano, Goulston & Storrs PC
Margaret Caulfield, Alkermes, Inc.
Martha Coakley, Foley Hoag
Meghan Cooper, Mass General Brigham
Angie Pageler Cunico, Santander Bank, N.A.
Nicole Forbes, G-P
Heather Gamache, Moriarty Troyer & Malloy LLC
Kate Isley, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
Elizabeth Keeley, Butters Brazilian LLP
Gwen Nolan King, Nolan & King LLC
Diana Li, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Jamie Sabino, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Amy Sennett, Karat
Sarah Sousa, Arrowood LLP
Jenna Ventorino, WilmerHale
Sarah Walsh, Robins Kaplan LLP

Regional Directors

Lesley A. Leonessa, Dell EMC (Greater Boston)
Ellen Sullivan, Cambridge Immigration Law, PC (Middlesex)

The new board brings energy, a wealth of experience in varied legal disciplines, diversity, and a steadfast commitment to advocating on behalf of women’s issues.

Incoming WBA President Jessica Babine remarked, “I am honored to serve as President of the Women’s Bar Association, which has been a formative organization throughout the advancement of my career.  Through the WBA, I have gained trusted mentors and friends, and many opportunities for leadership and professional development.  My involvement with the WBA has provided me with a deep understanding of the importance of the WBA’s legislative advocacy to promote a fair and just society.  I look forward to working with our members in the year ahead to make positive changes for women lawyers and all women in the Commonwealth.

Outgoing WBA President Kristy Lavigne reflected, “It has been an honor serving as President this year.  As the world gradually reopened, I am proud of the work that we accomplished this year. I am grateful for the opportunity to have collaborated with so many of our members on issues facing our profession and community, and to have been a voice advancing the full and equal participation of women. Congratulations to Jessica Babine, our new WBA President, and our new Executive Board and Board of Directors, I look forward to continuing our important work with you all.”

 


Contact: 

Jessica Babine
President
Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
jbabine@gmail.com

Margaret Talmers
Executive Director
Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
(617) 973-6666
mtalmers@womensbar.org


About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts

Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a large membership of women lawyers, judges, policy makers, and law students across Massachusetts.  The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and events and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues.  Other WBA activities include networking and professional development, drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation.  For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.

 

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First steps in Representation: Questionnaire and Document Request

sign your Representation Agreement and get started todayCongratulations on starting your US immigration journey with Cambridge Immigration Law. We are grateful that you decided to entrust us with the important task of helping you achieve your life goals through your US immigration journey. 

After you sign your Representation Agreement and set up your payment plan, your case is officially opened and our Legal Team takes over. A few days after your case is opened, our Legal Team will email you an invitation to set up a Kick-Off meeting. In that meeting, our attorney will review your case strategy with you. Our paralegal will obtain your signature on documents to start the case. Our paralegal will also review what information and documents we will need from you. 

Our paralegal will follow up with you after the meeting by sending an email that has a link to an online questionnaire and online document request. The online questionnaire is hosted by Docketwise, a secure online portal designed exclusively for immigration attorneys and their clients. The document request is hosted by Lawmatics, another secure online portal for the legal industry that stores your documents that we will use for your case. 

As you get started with the online questionnaire and document request, please reach out to our Legal Team with any questions. You may not understand or be able to answer a particular question. You may not have certain documents that we have requested. Let us know, and we will help. 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Discover how Cambridge Immigration Law provides outstanding client services and frequent case updates for hired clients.

We help you follow your case and understand case updates

Discover how Cambridge Immigration Law provides outstanding client services and frequent case updates for hired clients.At Cambridge Immigration Law, we strive for two things: achieving your life goals through legal victories and providing outstanding client services at all times. One thing that sets our firm apart from many others is the frequency and depth of communication that we provide to our clients. When you become a hired client of Cambridge Immigration Law, we encourage you to stay in touch with us via email, phone, Zoom and in-person visits. We want to know your concerns, and we want to answer your questions. Without exception, we respond to current client inquiries within one business day. 

In our efforts to maintain open and frequent communication with our clients, we check on your pending immigration case every two months and provide you with an update about your case. Often, our updates to you are that things are still within normal processing times. However, as soon as we see any change in the online status of your case or receive any communication from USCIS about updates, we contact you. 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.

Getting started with Cambridge Immigration Law: Strategy Session

Schedule a Strategy Session with Cambridge Immigration Law to receive expert advice on your immigration issues.Congratulations on taking the important step of scheduling a Strategy Session with Cambridge Immigration Law. Here’s what you can expect in our upcoming meeting.

First, you will be greeted in-person, on Zoom, or on the phone by our Client Engagement Specialist. Our Client Engagement Specialist will gather contact information about you and anyone else who will be involved in the Strategy Session or who relates to the immigration issues at hand. Then, you will meet one of our experienced immigration attorneys for a one-to-one 45 minute Strategy Session. During the first 5-10 minutes of the Strategy Session, you will let our attorney know why you decided to seek our advice. What is the situation? What are your questions? What happened recently that you decided that you need help now? What are your deadlines? 

Then, in the next 10-20 minutes, our Cambridge Immigration Law attorney will ask you many questions about you.

  • Why do you or your family members need US immigration benefits?
  • What are your goals in the US? Who is in your family?
  • What do you do for work? What’s your immigration history?
  • Do you have any criminal history?
  • Do you have any challenges that affect your ability to live in the US, or in your home country? 

With those questions answered, our attorney will spend the next 15-20 minutes laying out your options for moving forward to achieve your goals. We will answer your questions about how the process will work and advantages and disadvantages of different strategies you can take. 

Sometimes, there is nothing that our team or anyone else can do to help, and we will let you know if that is the case. Sometimes, our team cannot help you, but we can connect you with another attorney or other professional who can. 

If we offer you representation, our Cambridge Immigration Law attorney will bring you back to our Client Engagement Specialist who will help you open your case with us. You will receive a Representation Agreement by email (or paper if you are in the office) and a credit card authorization link. Our Client Engagement Specialist will help you complete those documents to officially open your case. Once that paperwork is complete, our Client Engagement Specialist will send your case to our Legal Team. About 2-3 business days after your case is opened, our Legal Team will contact you for your Kick-Off meeting and your case will get started!

 

If you need to talk to an experienced immigration attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of people traverse the complicated immigration and citizenship process. We would love to help you as well.  Call (617-272-7980) or email hello@cambridgeimmigrationlaw.com to get in touch.