Family and Business Visas
Permanent Residency and Citizenship
All other areas of US immigration law
6/2017: Temporary Protective Status ("TPS") for Haitians has been extended until January 22, 2018. Refer to www.uscis.gov for how to re-register with a new Form I-821 and Form I-765 before the deadline of July 24, 2017.
4/2017: USCIS has updated many versions of its immigration application forms. Please visit www.uscis.gov to make sure that you use the correct and most current form. I am particularly alerting clients that the I-130 Family Petition Form which is used to sponsor relatives has a new edition date of 2/27/17 and the older form can only be used until April 28, 2017. The new I-130 form is much longer and requires more detail than the older form.
3/2017: The President's second issued Executive Order barring the entry of persons from six countries; suspending all refugees from the United States for 120 days and indefinitely suspending refugee programs from Syria has been halted again by federal court victories. The government has appealed and the cases will be heard by higher courts this summer. For now, the Trump restrictions have no legal effect. This is a changing situation and anyone with questions on travel should seek legal advice before leaving the country.
1/2017: DED Program for Liberians extended until March 31, 2018. Case approved for Liberian client with TPS as of the required date of 9/30/2007 but with breaks in documentation in the ensuing years.
1/2017: K-1 fiance approved for client from the Philippines with large age difference between her and her fiance and having met only once previously (as required within the last two years of filing the K-1 petition).
(11/2016): Claudia P: "I am sure that you know that you are an important part of our lives for what you have done for me and my family to keep us together."
(1/2016): Diana D: "You are the best lawyer. Thank you for everything you have done for me and my husband to succeed in bringing our adopted children to the United States."
(4/2015): Tuan T: "Thank you Nelson for all of your hard work on behalf of my sister to obtain her residency here when we thought all was lost."
(2/2014): Martin S: "Everyone in the theater group has you to thank for your dedicated work to bring us to the United States to fulfill our dreams to perform our art in the United States!"
I am a practicing immigration lawyer for more than 32 years and every case is handled personally by me. I work with all types of immigration cases from family and work visas; residency and citizenship to removal defense.
I offer telephone consults for free and then meetings in either my office in Brookline, MA. or in my office in Lowell, MA.
I speak Spanish as well, with interpreters to assist always welcome!
I have families and individuals come back to me over the years to handle new cases for them and I have received a number of awards for my work in defending and helping immigrants from all over the world in family, business and immigration defense work.