Immigration / Visa / Citizenship

Helping you with your immigration issues

Whether your goal is to live permanently in the United States or to work here temporarily, whether you are a high-powered executive, or a citizen adopting internationally or marrying your foreign fiancé, Manos Schenk has the experience to help you. Our attorneys assist clients with the full spectrum of immigration issues, including:

  • Immigration strategies and permanent residency
  • Investor-based EB-5 green cards, Employment-based EB-1 and EB-2 green cards, Family-sponsored green cards
  • Investor and work visas
  • E-2 treaty investor visas, L-1A intra-company transfer visas
  • Naturalization

Understanding the immigration bureaucracy

The U.S. immigration system is comprised of a complex web of intricate laws and vast bureaucratic agencies, each with its own rules, regulations and policies. Our attorneys maneuver comfortably through the red tape to bring you the best possible outcomes when dealing with the respective governmental agencies.

Applying for a visa

Applying for a visa is more complicated than just sending forms to USCIS. The U.S. government places strict requirements on qualifications and outlines inflexible procedures for filing. Mistakes on your application can lead to crucial delays and possibly a denial of the visa. Each type of visa comes with its own set of essential criteria, which must precisely match your qualifications. Our attorneys discuss your short-term and ultimate immigration goals to set up a long-range plan. We thoroughly analyze your situation to choose the appropriate pathway, and meticulously gather evidence that supports each element of your eligibility. We anticipate complications and troubleshoot before problems occur.

Citizenship

Becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization can be a challenging project. We seek to help our clients experience a smooth application process without any delays. Our experienced attorneys can assist you with the transition from U.S. permanent residence status to U.S. citizenship.

Before starting the naturalization process, which is extensive and fraught with many legal issues, we provide counseling in determining whether you qualify and inform you  about the privileges and obligations that come with U.S. citizenship.

We also have experience in handling cross-border immigration issues that often affect one’s dual or multiple citizenship status.

Our legal counselling addresses the following topics:

  • Green card or U.S. citizenship ?
  • Naturalization – eligibility and process
  • Re-uniting families in the United States
  • Denials: Administrative and Federal District Court reviews, legal motions
  • Renunciation of U.S. citizenship

If you have interest in a free first consultation, please contact attorney Stephan W. Schenk, Esq.

Constantly-changing immigration laws

Immigration policy is under constant debate and the laws are frequently modified. In addition, the various government agencies that administer immigration regulations regularly update their procedures, forms and guidelines. We stay current on the shifts in immigration law and updated on potential changes in the pipeline. To successfully advise you, we consider not only the laws as they exist but the possibility of beneficial — as well as harmful — reforms. Fastidious and dedicated, we relentlessly pursue your case and develop unique solutions in complicated situations.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. Midway through our third century, we still rely on the talents and industry of immigrants for the innovation, research and development, and essential labor that keeps our economy moving. If you are seeking permanent resident status in the United States based on an offer of employment, or if you are an employer wishing to sponsor a worker, Manos Schenk can guide you through the complex web of federal regulations. We offer legal assistance in areas related to:

  • Filing a petition
  • Immigration categories E1 – E5
  • Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur
  • Labor certification
  • Misrepresentation of material facts or fraud defense
  • National Interest Waiver (NIW)
  • Employer sanction defense
  • Temporary Worker Status (I-129)

Employment-Related Immigration
(bureaucracy and the national interest)

Employment-based immigration is meant to benefit the immigrant, the employer and U.S. interests. U.S. policy attempts to balance the competing needs of attracting essential workers and ensuring that qualified U.S. workers are not disadvantaged. The hopeful immigrant must craft a petition with that understanding.  The experienced attorneys at Manos Schenk understand how the immigration bureaucracy works and what elements are essential to a successful petition.

Defense against violations

Penalties for violating immigration laws are severe, including heavy fines for employers and lifetime bans from entering the United States for immigrants convicted of misrepresenting material facts. Our skilled attorneys know what is necessary to mount a successful defense, and will defend you vigorously against such charges.