Family and Business Visas
Permanent Residency and Citizenship
All other areas of US immigration law
11/2018: In a court victory against Trump's plans to terminate TPS programs, a District Court in California has issued an order temporarily halting any end to TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua TPS programs. The government has agreed to automatically extend the validity of work permits of these TPS beneficiaries until April 2, 2019 while this lawsuit against termination of these TPS programs continues.
11/2018: Medical examination results for adjustment of status cases will now be valid for 2 years, as opposed to the old 1 year period of time.
10/2018: Trump has proposed new regulations regarding how one can be denied either a temporary visa or permanent resident status based upon receipt of public benefits or a lack of proving "self-sufficiency" in the future. These new rules are not in effect yet and there will be legal challenges to them. However, since this is a new tactic that Trump is using to build his "invisible wall" to keep out as many immigrants as possible by new regulations, it is going to be even more important that people who have received public assistance, housing benefits etc. seek legal guidance to meet the challenge of these new rules once they are in place. These new rules do not mean that we cannot win these cases, just that cases must be well prepared to meet these new challenges.
9/2018: USCIS has issued a new policy memo affecting foreign students who leave their full course of study without permission or work without authorization. These students will now be considered "unlawfully present" as of their status violation and could face bars on return to the United States if they travel following a period of unlawful presence in the United States. F-1 students needing to travel should seek legal advice before they do so in light of this new policy, especially if they have been in violation of their F-1 student status.
10/2018- Dorothy: I-360 Self Petition for abused spouse granted after two prior family petitions denied without my assistance through former abusive marriage. "My mind and body are all on a high gear now. I am extremely proud and happy about you, Nelson. I am ready to take on the next step with you!"
9/2018: Hannah: Spouse granted permanent resident status after being denied (without the help of a lawyer) once before at U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana. "Thank you Nelson for reuniting me with my spouse after so many years!"
I am a practicing immigration lawyer for more than 34 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 for a consultation fee in either my main office in Brookline, MA. or in my office in Lowell, MA. when I am in Lowell on Wednesdays.
I speak some Spanish as well, but friends or family members are welcome to come in and assist as needed for interpreting.
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.