Ohio Immigration Law Firm
Serving Clients in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati & Worldwide
With all its complex laws and requirements, making it through the immigration process takes more than just time — it takes experience. Having spent more than 70 collective years helping businesses, families, and individuals to navigate the journey into residency and citizenship, Brown Immigration Law has gained the in-depth knowledge and insights your case needs to obtain the best possible outcome. Schedule your consultation with our firm today to learn more about the options you have available.
We handle many types of immigration cases, including:
- Adjustment of status – For those with a current non-immigrant visa who have decided to live and work in this country permanently, our team can help you apply for a green card to obtain lawful permanent resident status while remaining in the U.S.
- Agencies – One of the most confusing aspects of immigration law is knowing which agency 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 Our founding lawyer is a former district director for the Immigration and Naturalization Service which has since been replaced by USCIS, ICE, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.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, you may be barred from reentry to this country for a period of three years, ten years, or even permanently. Let our firm help you clarify your situation and appeal for any changes on your behalf.
- Change of status – Each visa comes with its own restrictions. For those admitted into the U.S. with, say, an exchange visitor visa (J visa), they will need to apply for a change of status to their visa if they wish to pursue employment and residency.
- Citizenship – In order to receive the benefits of U.S. citizenship, you will need to successfully navigate the entire application process. Our firm has the experience and knowledge to help you make the right choices and protect your future.
- Consular processing – While many immigrants only become lawful permanent residents after first living and working on a non-immigrant visa, this is not the only route to a U.S. green card. You may be able to apply in the U.S. Consulate office in your home country, receive a visa, and be admitted as a permanent resident upon your arrival in this country.
- Diversity visa – Up to 50,000 visas are provided each year through the diversity visa lottery program to help people emigrate from countries with typically low rates of immigration to the United States. Let us help you meet the strict requirements for eligibility and file the necessary paperwork.
- Documentary requirements – When you file for a non-immigrant visa, employment- or family-based immigrant visa, green card, or other type of immigration case, you will need to submit several different documents with your application or petition. We help our clients gather the necessary documents and prevent omissions that could cause delays in your case.
- Employment authorization – Entry into the U.S. does not mean you are legally permitted to work here. Before you can secure employment, you must obtain an employment authorization document permitting businesses to legally hire you for work. Brown Immigration Law can help you learn more about this process.
- Employment-based non-permanent residents (non-immigrants) – There are several different types of non-immigrant visas available for individuals planning to temporarily live and work in the U.S., including the following: B-1, E-1 & E-2, F-1, H, I, J, L, O, P, Q, R-1, and TN / NAFTA. We can help you understand what to do, how to select the appropriate visa type for your case, and be there by your side throughout the process.
- Employment-based permanent residents – The U.S. government imposes strict requirements on businesses looking to hire foreign nationals, including an arduous PERM labor certification process and lengthy processing times and priority dates. Brown Immigration Law is here to help your business navigate this complex process.
- Extensions – 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 wish to stay longer than your visa allows, an attorney from our team can help you apply for an extension that could allow you to remain here lawfully.
- Family-based immigration – Looking to bring loved ones from abroad into the U.S.? If you are a citizen, you may be able to help your immediate relatives secure green cards or K-1 visas. Find out more during a consultation with our firm.
- Other non-immigrants – There are many non-immigrant visas available, such as unique non-immigrant visas for specific professions, family relationships, and skill sets. Call Brown Immigration Law to find out which visa would work for your unique needs and how to apply.
- Registry – U.S. law takes a tough stance against illegal immigration, but there are some leniency provisions. If you have been present in this country since January 1, 1972, you can apply for a green card by proving 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 waiver, 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 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 these foreign nationals from removal and enables them to secure an employment authorization.
- Unlawful presence – Non-immigrant visas only allow a person to stay in the U.S. for a predetermined period of time. Those who overstay the expiration of their visas are subject to possible legal penalties including deportation and exclusion from reentry. Let Brown Immigration Law help you avoid these penalties.
- Writs of mandamus – Avoid having to wait months or years to receive a visa. 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 lawyers. 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.