Ohio Immigration Lawyer
Serving Clients in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, & Worldwide
The team of attorneys at Robert Brown LLC -
Erin Brown, and
Kathryn Russell - have more than 70 years of immigration experience and a proven track
record of success in helping clients get results in a variety of immigration
cases. Whether you need to hire a foreign national, help a loved one move
from abroad, apply for citizenship, or if you are threatened with possible
deportation, we will work diligently to help you achieve the best possible
result. Our attorneys have won accolades such as the Martindale-Hubbell®
AV® peer-review rating and inclusion in the prestigious
Rising Stars℠ list, and we are ready to put our skill and experience to work for you.
We handle many types of immigration cases, which you can learn more about
in the sections below; access to immigration resources is also provided.
Adjustment of Status
If you currently hold a non-immigrant visa and have decided that you want
to live and work in this country permanently, then an attorney from our
firm may be able to help you secure a green card by applying for adjustment
of status, which allows you to apply for lawful permanent resident status
while remaining in the U.S.
One of the most confusing aspects of immigration law is knowing which
of the different agencies will be handling your case. The State Department,
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are each responsible for different types
of cases. Our founding attorney is a former district director for the
former Immigration and Naturalization Service, which was replaced by USCIS,
ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Bars to Returning to the U.S
If you are removed from the U.S. based on a period of unlawful presence
violation, then you will most likely be subjected to a period of being
barred from reentry to this country. Depending on the circumstances of
your unlawful presence, you could be barred for a period of three years,
ten years, or even permanently.
Change of Status
When you have been admitted to enter the United States as the holder of
one of the dozens of different types of non-immigrant visas, it is vital
that you avoid doing anything that would violate the terms of your visa.
Should you decide to pursue an education but were not admitted on a student
visa, for example, you must first apply for a change of status.
As a United States citizen, you will enjoy a number of different rights
and responsibilities. You will be able to vote and run for elected office,
you will be eligible for certain types of federal employment positions,
and you will not have to live with the fear of possibly being deported.
Citizenship also makes it easier for you to sponsor family members for
While many immigrants only become lawful permanent residents after first
living and working in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, this is not the
only route to a green card. Provided that you are eligible, you may be
able to apply in the U.S. Consulate office in your home country, receive
your visa, and be admitted as a permanent resident upon your arrival in
Up to 55,000 visas are provided every year through the diversity visa
program, which helps people immigrate from countries that typically have
low rates of immigration to the United States. Provided that you meet
the strict requirements for eligibility, you may be able to secure a diversity visa.
When you are filing for a non-immigrant visa, an employment- or family-based
immigrant visa, a green card, or other types of immigration cases, you
will have to assemble several different documents for submission with
your application or petition. We help our clients gather the necessary
documents and ensure that omissions do not cause delays in your case.
Just because you have been permitted to enter the United States does not
mean that you are legally permitted to work here. Before you can secure
employment in this country, you must obtain an employment authorization
document, which permits a business to legally hire you for work.
Employment-Based Non-Permanent Residents (Non-Immigrants)
There are several different types of non-immigrant visas available for
individuals planning to live and work in the U.S. for a limited period,
including the following:
E-1 & E-2,
TN / NAFTA. We can help you select the most appropriate visa type and represent you
throughout the application process.
Employment-Based Permanent Residents
The U.S. government imposes strict requirements on businesses that want
to hire foreign nationals, including an arduous
PERM labor certification process and lengthy
processing times and priority dates. There are five different types of visa for permanent employees, including the
EB-1 priority worker, the
A non-immigrant visa only makes it possible for the holder to stay in
the country on a temporary basis. If conditions have changed and you now
want to stay longer than is permitted by the terms of your visa, an attorney
from our team can help you apply for an extension that may make it possible
for you to remain here lawfully.
Do you want to bring loved ones from abroad to live with you in this country?
If you are a U.S. citizen, then you can help your
immediate relatives secure visas; immediate relatives of green card holders and other relatives
of citizens may fall into the various
family-sponsored preference categories. The K-1 visa is intended for a
fiancé or fiancée who plans to marry within 90 days of arrival in this country.
The provisions of U.S. immigration law provide visas for a variety of
different types of situations, such as unique non-immigrant visas for
specific professions, family relationships, and skill sets. We have extensive
experience with this area of law and can help you select the most appropriate
type for you.
U.S. law takes a tough stance against illegal immigration, but there are
provisions that provide a degree of leniency. If you have been present
in this country since January 1, 1972, then you can apply for a green
card provided that you are a person of good moral character, are eligible
for naturalization, and are not removable under certain sections of the
Immigration and Nationality Act.
Removal (Deportation and Exclusion)
As soon as you receive a
notice to appear at a deportation hearing, contact us for help. We can help you pursue
relief from removal through strategies such as a
stay of removal, or cancellation of removal. We can also assist with
detention and bonds if your loved one has been apprehended by officials from Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
When conditions in a foreign country would make it unsafe for a foreign
national to return to that country, the Department of Homeland Security
may impose a designation of temporary protected status, which protects
such foreign nationals from removal and enables them to secure an employment
When you enter the United States on a non-immigrant visa, you are only
allowed to stay in this country for a predetermined period of time. Many
people, however, overstay the expiration of their visas, which exposes
them to possible legal penalties including deportation and exclusion from reentry.
Writs of Mandamus
The immigration legal system is notoriously complex and slow, and individuals
are frequently forced to wait months or even years to receive a visa or
a decision on a disputed case. By filing a writ of mandamus, an attorney
from our firm may be able to compel the authorities to expedite your case.
Why You Need Legal Assistance
Immigration law is a notoriously complex subject that poses confusion and
difficulties even for many attorneys. It is highly advisable for anyone
facing an important immigration legal issue to hire an experienced lawyer
who can help with navigating the process and represent the case with the
authorities. An Ohio immigration attorney from our firm will stand by
you at every stage of your case, assisting you with gathering the necessary
documentation and filling out the paperwork, conducting any necessary
follow up of your application, and taking your case to court, if necessary,
to secure the results you deserve.
Contact us now for a consultation to discuss your options and to take the first steps
in your case.