A Brazilian pastor arrived in Cleveland as a tourist and was invited by a Portuguese church to stay on as a pastor to serve the Portuguese speaking community. The Boston church opened a branch in Cleveland. We were able to get the religious worker visa approved for our Brazilian pastor. We hope that the Church will continue to sponsor him for his green card.
Many of our clients enter the US by crossing the desert or river at the southern border. Such individuals have to return to their home country to get their green card if they are married to US citizens. If these people have been here for more than one year, they trigger a 10 year penalty to returning to the US. In such cases, we have to file a waiver to forgive the penalty. To succeed we have to prove hardship to the USC spouse. This is often difficult. However we have done this numerous times with a great rate of success. Most recently we were able to have the husband of a close friend of the office return to the US after being stranded in Mexico for 4 months. We were so happy.
The U visa is our favorite right now. It is available and will eventually result in a green card, for people who have been victims of certain crimes which they reported to the police. We were able to get our client released from jail, where he was held without bond pending his appeal. His wife had been the victim of a qualifying crime and had U visa approved. After the I visa is approved, you have to wait 3 years before you can apply for a green card. Our client is a derivative on his wife’s U visa, which according to recent guidelines allowed him to be released from Immigration Detention. He is now back to work and back to his family.
In another U visa case, our client was granted a green card numerous years after commencing his/her case.
In the current anti immigration environment, it is so nice to be able to report a good immigration result. We were deeply disappointed when we were unable to assist a close friend of the office who had married the love of her life, a foreigner. His visa was denied at the Consulate on Public Charge grounds. This recent anti immigration move by the Administration has created new obstacles for poorer people. All of a sudden it appeared to us that only rich people could marry and bring their spouses to the US. In our case, our US sponsor was deemed not to make enough money to sponsor her foreign spouse. A qualified joint sponsor was never a problem until now. Much to our chagrin, the Service refused to recognize our highly qualified joint sponsor. After an ardent fight with the consulate and with the assistance of Senator Portman, we were able to reverse the determination. The Consulate also changed its position on requiring us to refile the waiver. They have issued the immigrant visa. The foreign spouse is returning to the US within a week as a green card holder and the newly weds will live happily ever after.
The entire office celebrated the issuance of a bond to a client who was in Immigration custody for more than 4 months because of false criminal allegations. He has 5 children, one of whom is autistic. We were fortunate to have present at our trial one of the social workers overseeing the autistic child’s education. She cried during her entire testimony in support of our client’s extraordinary relationship with the autistic child. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Judge gave us a bond. His case is not yet finished but he is at home with his wife and children.
The U visa is an immigration path to green card, available to people who have been the victim of a crime. It requires that the crime be reported to the police and the police has to certify the incident, prior to the filing of the immigration papers work. It takes about 5 years from filing to approval of visa. After approval, the immigrant has to stay in U visa status for 3 years prior to filing for green card. I was on the phone with a Mexican girl the other day who told me that she was raped when she was 16 by a boy from school. She was invited to a party. The boy spiked her drink, took her out to his car, asked her to help him look for his home in the back seat. She was naïve. He locked the back doors with the child lock so she could not escape then raped her. She passed out, woke up in the hospital and was told what happened. So horrible. The U visa is a long immigration path, it takes roughly 8-10 years for a person on U visa to get a green card. In this case, we are able to get this person a green card through marriage so we don’t have to pursue the U visa. But I cannot imagine the permanent scars that this child bears as a result of a boys inhumanity. The U visa is a very good immigration path for those who were victims of crime.
One of our immigration lawyers was able to win a removal case, where the alien had divorced his Jordanian wife and married a US citizen, but then learned from CIS that his divorce was fraudulent. His immigration case was made more complicated by the fact that he was now accused of misrepresentation. We had to get him a proper US divorce and refile his immigration case. In the end, the immigration attorney was able to persuade the immigration Judge that this alien was innocent of any intent to defraud the government. The failure to register the divorce was the misfeasance of his foreign lawyers. He now has a green card and his deportation case was permanently closed.
In a recent immigration case, one of our clients had a disorderly conduct conviction after we filed his citizenship. One of our attorneys was able to successfully argue that this disorderly conduct conviction and his prior criminal convictions did not constitute bad moral character and his citizenship application was approved. Sometimes hiring an immigration lawyer will make all the difference in the world.
In Grace vs. Whittaker, the Federal Court ruled that former Attorney General Sessions efforts to eradicate asylum claims based on gang violence and domestic violence violated existing immigration laws. The Government has to bring back to the US anyone deported based on the Sessions decision. This is a huge victory for immigration practitioners and for victims of domestic and gang violence
Sometimes, it appears, I do more than immigration. In this case, I introduced two guys, both immigration clients who lived in the same city. I thought they had a lot in common and could become friends. One of them was married, the other one, the loner, had simply worked since he got to the US and not built any meaningful ties other than his extremely successful business. These guys met. The married fellow introduced the other one to his sister. She is a green card holder. It was love at first sight. They came to see me, madly in love. Neither one of them had had much luck in love before and this meeting was euphoric. They live together and even have a dog. They are getting married, and while at it, my client will resolve his immigration situation and will be able to get his green card. So all will end well, and they will live happily ever after, I am sure!!
In one of our cases, we have an immigration client who filed for her green card through an immigration law known as The Violence Against Women’s Act. This client was married to USC with significant mental health issues. She was terrified by him. She stayed in the marriage because she was afraid to leave the marriage when she had no immigration status in the US. Her husband was institutionalized several time for suicidal inclinations and violent outburst. Despite that she, like many similarly situated people felt hopeless and desperate. Her choice seemed to be to stay in the abusive marriage in which her life was threatened, especially when her husband slept with a hatchet under his bed, or leave the marriage and save her live, but most likely never get immigration status and be deported. After consulting with us, she learned that she could file under VAWA. She did so, and we succeeded in not only getting her a green card, but most likely saving her life. Sadly this brings to mind a similar situation in which a potential client, contacted me from Chicago to ask for immigration assistance in a situation in which she was married to an abusive husband. She was a talented and highly educated person. Her husband became more and more possessive and jealous and abusive. The police prosecuted him and confiscated his guns. When she called me, she assured me she would she would move away from Chicago to a safe place. I told her TPO’s cannot protect you from someone who wants to kill you. She moved with friends to Milwaukee. When we didn’t hear back from her for a few weeks, I googled her name, to learn that her husband found her and hacked her to death with a hatchet. If you are an illegal immigrant and are in an abusive marriage to a US citizen or green card holder, be sure to consult a lawyer about leaving that marriage and filing for a green card under this wonderful law that seeks to protect you. This applies to both men and women seeking immigration status.
Expedited I-130/601A waiver/Interview/green card
This lovely family was experiencing extreme hardship wince the wife’s diagnosis of stage II pancreatic cancer. The immigrant husband, had lived in the US for years. We were hired to do all the immigration work, including the filing of the immigrant visa petition and the preparation and filing of the I601 immigration waiver. Everything was ready to go to the NVC, when the wife was diagnosed with stage two Pancreatic cancer. We had seen too many people die too quickly after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis and we very much wanted this couple to have a Christmas miracle and get the husband’s immigrant visa and green card as soon as possible. Through congressional help, we were able to get him to Mexico, fingerprinted, photographed with medical completed and an interview within days. He had his interview on Dec. 20, and received his green card packet the next day. He was home for Christmas. His green card will arrive in the mail very soon. Congratulations!
We represented a client who had immigrated from Canada and then came to the US as an investor. He was married and had several children. He had sought many opinions as to how to convert his E visa to a green card and thus immigrate. He was most concerned about his older child’s ability to immigrate. This child would soon emancipate and thus lose immigration status. The family was planning on remaining in the US permanently. They had consulted many immigration lawyers about their immigration options and were disappointed by the responses. Upon consulting us, we proposed that the spouse, who was the E1 owner of the business sponsor the other spouse as an employee, as long as the spouse was qualified for the position. The entire family would then qualify for green cards as dependents of the employee. The application was successful and the each member of the family now has green card.
We represented a Mexican immigration client with the most dramatic history. Her mother brought her to the US in 1992 , when she was only 11 years old. Her mother’s efforts to immigrate her were thwarted when she was the victim of a violent crime when she was kidnapped and sexually abused. Her kidnapper took her back to Mexico in 1995. He is still in prison. She managed to return to the United States in 1998 at the age of 17 and has since that time struggled to find an immigration solution to her terrible ordeal. She now has a severely handicapped wheel chair bound child. We were especially proud to win her Non LPR Cancellation of Removal case based on the fact that she was the single parent of her severally disabled, wheelchair bound child. She now has a green card, and hopefully will one day be a US citizen.
Two of the immigration law clerks who have been with us for more than one year have passed the bar and are being sworn in tomorrow. Congratulations to Lindsay Cook and Joseph Mamari on being sworn in and becoming Ohio. Each will make a fine immigration lawyer. We are so excited to have them aboard!!
In this anti immigration climate, any win is cause for celebration, particularly thorny cases. We were happy to celebrate the receipt of a citizenship by our Hungarian client and his family. About 7 years ago we were asked to intercede in a case which another attorney had botched. We had very tight time constraints to resolve the immigration situations with the USDOL. Employment based immigration first goes through the US Department of Labor. A company can sponsor an immigrant based on an offer of employment. In such a case, the application cannot be filed by a company until the US department of labor certifies that the petition can proceed through the immigration process. After taking over this very complicated case from the other attorney, we were able to fix all the problems with the USDOL and obtain timely certification, thus allowing the application to proceed through the immigration system. The Hungarian couple was facing deportation and we were able to resolve their removal case and obtain permanent resident status, or green cards. Five years later, the couple came back to seek assistance with obtaining U.S. citizenship. Now, both have passed their naturalization test and have been sworn in as U.S. citizens.
For the past 15 years I have both the honor and privilege of working with immigration clients from around the globe. It is through my immigration work here at Svetlana Schreiber & Associates that I have come face to face with the hardships, trials, and tribulations that our immigration clients and their families face on a daily basis. Their escape from terrible sufferings in their home countries, to being hounded in the US while all they are looking for is a chance to live safely and hopeful to obtain green cards, or some other form of permission to stay here permanently, safe from the harrowing dangers of their own countries.
The recent immigration raid in Sandusky, Ohio was no exception. A news story which only existed in print for most folks, directly affected me in my work and tragically showed me again, the direct impact of such raids on our clients, and on their families.
One such client’s father was arrested by ICE two days after his High School graduation. He is only 18 years old and on DACA. When he and his family came crying into our office we immediately set out to help them. His future of going to college in August was in limbo. The family used all his college savings to help pay his father’s bond and help support his mother and two younger siblings. He started working 17 hours a day to make sure he was keeping up with their monthly bills. His family, friends, pastor and local church members worked hard to get us the documents needed to get the father out on bond. This was a community that came together to help each other. This is the American way. As I sat with him in my office I reassured him that we would get through this together and his dream of going to college was in reach. Our office was successful in getting his father a bond. We hope that we will be able to help this family immigrate and get green cards.
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Lawyer Svetlana Schreiber interviewing a couple at Palomares Social Justice Center.
We are a law firm with expertise in all areas of immigration law, ranging from business and family based immigration to asylum and deportation.
Immigration Attorneys at Svetlana Schreiber and Associates - help immigrants and employers across the world obtain work visas (H-1B, H-2B, B-1, H-1C, H-3, L-1), visitor visas (B-2, J-1), family visa (H-4, F-2, J-2), student visas (F-1, M-1, J-1), healthcare visa (h3B, h3C, O-1, or TN).
We also prepare green card applications including PERM labor certifications, I-130, I-140, I-370, I-485, and handle U.S. citizenship applications, Asylum/Refugee, BCIS Representation and Consular Practice.
The office of Svetlana Schreiber & Associates announces that the recent Supreme Court decision, striking DOMA, has resulted in allowing same sex couples the privilege to pursue all the immigration benefits available to heterosexual couples. So if you are in a long term relationship and plan on getting married, please contact us to discuss your immigration options. You may also be able to use your same sex relationship to qualify for other immigration benefits, such as visa based on domestic abuse, or waivers proving hardship to your US spouse, or U visa, if a family member was victim of a crime. Call us for a free conference.
Remember, we are in Painsville Tuesday and Thursdays and on Saturdays by appointment. Call 216-621-7292 to get more information.
We have Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, German, French, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Hindi, Urdu, Maithili, Bangla, Macedonian, Serbo Croatian, Albanian and Hebrew speaking staff.
We also have offices in Cleveland Ohio, New York , Toronto Canada, Bucharest Romania, Tel Aviv Israel.
The firm of Svetlana Schreiber & Associates, LPA is committed to the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law. With an office in Cleveland, Ohio, and associates in Toronto, Ontario and Bucharest, Romania, the firm is well on its way to becoming one of the premier firms practicing exclusively in the area of immigration law.
The scope of the firm's clientele varies from students, investors, executives, managers, researchers and professors, to companies interested in hiring highly technical and professional personnel. The firm's corporate clientele ranges from small businesses to large multi-national corporations. Svetlana Schreiber & Associates, LLP provides a variety of immigration services for these businesses, including H-1B temporary work visas for professionals, L-1 visas for intracompany transfers, labor certifications and I-9 compliance.
The firm also represents individuals and families in seeking political asylum, aliens in deportation proceedings, and individuals interested in obtaining lawful permanent residency (ie. "green cards") for themselves or family members.
Immigration law is highly specialized and technical and is constantly changing. We stay abreast of these changes and provide creative solutions to assist individuals and companies with all their immigration needs.
The attorneys at Svetlana Schreiber & Associates, LPA maintain the highest standards of quality and ethics. It is the firm's goal to remain accessible and forthright to all its clients, and the firm gains the respect of its clients through the diligence and hard work of its attorneys.
We care deeply about our clients. The staff is constantly reminded that our clients have "placed their lives in our hands" and "our work is to save our clients' lives". Simply put, "we are a law firm with heart". We are more like a team, and like a team each member has a special realtionship and role to play in regards to each file. If one team member makes an error, the entire team suffers. Most importantly, each and every staff member was hired and became part of this team because they have the special quality of "compassion". The staff is encouraged to work overtime to make sure that each client's file gets the time and attention necessary to bring their case to a successful conclusion.
How can our Immigration Attorneys help you?
U.S. Immigration lawyers deal with issues relating to foreign nationals who come to this country either temporarily or permanently, including the associated legal rights, duties, and obligations of aliens in the United States. Immigration attorneys also deal with the application processes and procedures involved with naturalization of foreign nationals who wish to become U.S. citizens, as well as deal with legal issues relating to people who are refugees or asylees.
Our attorneys routinely support clients in the matters of non immigrant visas especially for workers coming to the United States to perform temporary service or labor. We assist clients on several other visa matters like, students and trainee visas, visitors for business, visitors for pleasure, exchange visitors, and trainee visas. We routinely communicate with various agencies specially State Workforce Agencies, J agencies, Department of Labor, USCIS, Department of State etc.
Also our lawyers deal with VAWA matters and Religious Workers visas and also assist clients in adjustment of status applications, asylum applications, removal defenses, 10 year and 3 year cancellation applications and other related matters.
If you or a family member is interested in living in the United States, you may need someone who can help you understand U.S. immigration laws and who can help you to apply for legal status .