Best Immigration Lawyers NYC
Raiser & Kenniff, is a premier immigration law firm based out of NYC. We recognize that navigating the USA immigration process can be confusing and frustrating. We understand the complexities of immigration law, and can help clients navigate the confusing process. Our goal is to understand your immigration goals, and then present viable options to accomplish them. With numerous methods of immigrating and naturalizing into the USA – we can help you understand which option will be the least stressful for you. We help simplify the entire immigration process with no-nonsense, clear, communication. We help you understand, and complete, all of the necessary steps in an affordable manner. We empathize with our clients – many of whom have families, and their very future, at stake, when reaching out to our New York immigration lawyers. We offer a risk free consultation to all prospective clients. As former NYC Prosecutors, we are very aggressive, and unrelenting, in helping our clients achieve the goals they have.
At Raiser & Kenniff, PC, we assist clients who are interested in entering, and staying, in the USA legally. Immigrating to the USA is a highly sought after privilege. We can help you take achieve this, through legal means. We help people from all over the world enter the USA, and remain in the USA. Our NY immigration law firm represents individuals, families, companies, and religious institutions, as they enter and proceed to remain in the USA in a legal manner.
We help clients all over New York and Long Island
We 3 offices across NYC and Long Island. Regardless of the type of immigration issue you are facing, we can help. You can visit us, at any of our locations, in order to get more legal help. Our firm focuses on helping our clients get the best representation and service. If you’re in need of help and assistance, we encourage you to visit our office, or call us. We offer a risk free consultation, and tell you upfront what we think we can do for you. Our fees are very straightforward and our goal is to expedite your case as quickly as possible, in order to charge as little money as possible. We assign a dedicated immigration attorney to each and every case.
We don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach
We believe in concierge customer service. We are a full service immigration law firm, and handle a wide array of services which help solve immigration problems – and achieve goals. We represent clients throughout New York. Our team of attorneys speak many of the most frequently spoken languages. We can handle all of your needs. Regardless of whether you’re seeking to join a US company, or simply want to visit the USA for pleasure. We can help you enter the USA and fight the right solution. With over 50 years of combined experiencing law, we can help you.
Why Raiser & Kenniff, PC
50 Years Experience
50 years of combined experience
Raiser & Kenniff, PC, has over 50 years of combined experience. Our law firm can help with virtually any type of immigration issue. We’ve helped celebrities, and individuals alike.
Our firm was founded by two former prosecutors. As a result, we’re uniquely poised at bringing the same level of dedication and passion to each and every case. As former prosecutors, we understand how and when to be aggressive.
Army Veterans JAG Officers
Army Veterans JAG officers
In addition to serving as former prosecutors, our founding partners are both Army Veterans, who served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Both served active duty in Iraq.
Top Rated Lawyers
Many of our NYC immigration lawyers are highly rated by lawyer rating organizations, like AVVO, Martindale Hubbel, and numerous other attorney rating services. If they can trust us – so can you.
Our immigration law firm consists of the top rated immigration attorneys in New York. We have numerous locations throughout New York. Our immigration lawyers work tirelessly to help you get the results and success you need. We understanding your situation, and propose an immigration solution that helps you solve your problems in a legal manner – which won’t harm you later. We are extremely aggressive, and never compromise – when it comes to helping our clients, and their families, become united in the USA. We are available 24/7, and can help with all forms of immigration issues – even if they are criminal.
We Treat You and Protect You Like Family
– That’s Why We Win
We treat each and very client like family. Our NYC immigration lawyers are focused on handling all cases, like if it were our own family members. We help our clients whenever, and wherever, they need help. We also offer a flexible payment plan, and are extremely friendly. Our team of experienced New York immigration lawyers can help with all of your needs, including transportation and travel, document collection, translation + interpretation, notary public – and even help in foreign countries. Our New York immigration attorneys are dedicated to being transparent. We share our knowledge about the immigration process with our clients in order to give them the understanding they need to make the right choices for them, and their family. .
Our New York immigration lawyers always answer the phone, or return a phone call ASAP. Our lawyers are fast, and easy to approach. You can reach us by text, or email. We treat you like family – and prepare you for every step of the process. We explain each step, and explain the USA immigration process. We provide regular updates on your case, and provide guidance on the issue.
If you’re interested in learning more, or getting a risk free consultation, then contact us today. Fill out the contact form on our website, or call us. Our immigration attorneys in NYC are frequently interviewed by media organizations like CNN, FOX News, NYPost, and many others. We provide remarkable customer service, and have great results for each and every client.
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We Are Selective About How Many Clients We Help Each Month
Our immigration law firm works with fewer clients than other firms. Our goal is to provide greater, and better service, in order to provide the best results possible. Many firms who take on too many clients often don’t have enough time to do a great job for their clients. By working with fewer clients, we can ensure each client gets amazing results. That means you speak to an assigned immigration attorney 24/7 whenever you need one. Unlike other immigration law firms, we don’t assign paralegals or assistants to do the majority of your work. Our dedicated immigration attorneys work 24/7 on your case and help you. When you hire us, you’re working with a trained attorney who can handle everything for you. We recognize that the immigration lawyer you hire, can have a huge impact on your life.
Risk Free Consultation
Our immigrations attorneys offer a free consultation, in person or over the phone. During this consultation you can ask us virtually anything about your case. During this process, we explain what are your rights, and what are your options. We offer a risk free consultation, wherever – whenever – you need it. We believe during this consultation you’ll realize why you should work with us. We have convenient locations all over New York – and can meet you, or speak to you, whenever you need it. We can even arrange transportation to our office.
Our team of NYC immigration attorneys has experience handling tough, and complex, cases. Our firm has over 50 years of combined experience, and have handled some of the most complex immigration cases in the country. Because our firm was founded by former prosecutors – we bring a unique level of expertise and aggressiveness – to each and every case we handle.
Aggressive and Unyielding
As a law firm founded by 2 former New York Prosecutors – we are aggressive, and extremely resourceful. We get each client the results he, or she, deserves.
Top Notch Litigators
Our attorneys have all been recognized as top rated, by ranking services like Avvo, National Trial Lawyers Organization, SUPER Lawyers, and many others.
We’re Dedicated To You
We are passionate about one thing: helping our clients get the best outcome. We don’t focus on billable hours – like other firms. We only care about providing the best possible solution.
Frequently asked questions
Immigrants who have H-1B status in the United States are always registered as employees of designated employers initially, called sponsors within the system, but visa holders often lose their job for a variety of reasons only to be left to find other employment in order to stay in the United States legally. There are several standard rules that ISCIS follows when this happens, usually based on the immigrant status that the visa holder receives after termination or layoff. Married couples who both possess legitimate visas are a prime example of how status change can create an urgency for finding subsequent employment if only one member of the home is reclassified. In addition, those who have certain technical skills can also be classified in employment fields that are in high demand within the United States, often qualifying them as urgently needed workers. Regardless of the resulting status of an H1-B visa holder because of employment interruptions there is a compliance process for employers and potential employees visa holders alike.
Making Sure of Employee Eligibility
It is important for an employer who is wanting to hire an immigrant who is already in the U.S. to understand that they are actually asking the government to reclassify the status of the potential employee. If the potential employee has let their status expire or lost classification for some other reason there is no status to modify, so the worker must refile for H-1B status with the new employer as the sponsor on a new visa issue. And, the previous employer petition can expire just like the visa holders authorization can expire. The employer request for a current status holder is either to re-certify the employee or extend their H1-B authorization. Individuals who are dependents after losing H1-B status are changed to H-4 status when their spouse maintains their authorization as an H1-B worker or they live with another family member legally.
Changing employers while an H1-B is still active can be a complicated issue. Having an immigration specialist can be a real advantage when portability complications arise while attempting to hire a non-citizen employee because work authorization is denied on technicalities regularly. Experienced immigration attorneys know what to expect from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and can see potential application problems before they occur. Taking advantage of H1-B portability depends on three issues. First, the potential employee must have entered the United States lawfully. Second, the new employer has filed a H1-B “non-frivolous” petition during the time the visa holder’s H1-B was active. And third, the H1-B holder has not worked unauthorized since the last visa was issued. In most cases, the smoothest transition from employer to employer is hiring an individual who is active and compliant with all legal requirements while still employed by the prior sponsoring employer. Portability is effectively a transfer of legal employment sponsorship.
Filing an H1-B Petition as a New Employer
There are many potential non-citizen employees who have allowed their work visas to expire, and employers who want to hire them must apply for a new authorization by filing a new group of petitions with ISCIS. This applies to all immigrants who are in the United States legally who are wanting to work, such as a non-citizen going to school on a student visa. In student cases, both visas would be effective. The group of filings include the standard I-129 Petition for a Non-immigrant Worker and an H Classification Supplement to Form I-129. Both of these forms must be signed and verified by the new employer. There is also a required form for H1-B Data Collection and Filing Fee Exemption Supplement that does not require a signature. In addition, transcripts of the non-citizen workers school report and official student status are a requirement and should be filed with the original petition. For non-students, paycheck documentation will suffice as proof. There should also be included documentation of the new employee’s current immigration status.
Petition Approval Waiting Period
Most petitions to hire am H1-B visa holder or student visa holder are usually approved in two to four months. Expect ISCIS to perform a check of the information provided to verify all documents are authentic. Once the proper paper work is filed and acknowledged as being accepted and pending, the new worker is normally allowed to begin working for the new employment sponsor. There are specific fees required when filing the petition, and expedited approval can be achieved for an additional fee, which is a significant amount for employers hiring over 50 visa-holding employees. All petitions should be submitted to the USCIS.
Persons from other countries seeking to enter the United States need a visa and often obtaining the Visa is a routine matter.
However, there are cases under no circumstances where a Visa will be denied. There are no exceptions, or waivers.
These instances include cases where people are:
• Drug abusers or addicts
• Drug traffickers
• Likelihood of becoming dependent on public assistance or welfare
Categories in the above-mentioned list cannot be waived for any reason. A person found to fall into one of these categories will not get a visa and there is no process for appealing the denial for a vista.
However, few people seeking to enter the United States are unlikely to identify themselves as drug traffickers, spies or Nazis. Thus, there will be cases where people will see to obtain visas through other means, and it is later discovered that the person presented false information to the United States Government.
It is important to understand what a visa is. It is not a passport. It is a separate document. According to the U.S. Department of State—Bureau of Consular Affairs, “A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
There are many ways that persons falling into the above-named groups could seek a visa.
There are a number of categories for which visas can be allowed including:
• Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
• Finance to marry U.S. Citizen and live in U.S.
• Certain family members of U.S. Citizens
• Certain family members of lawful permanent residents
• Employer sponsored–Employment(this includes a list of sub-categories
• Religious Workers
• Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters
• Iraqis who worked for/on behalf of the U.S. Government
• Returning Resident
This is only a partial list of the various categories of visa that are available. Often there are situations where certain conditions may be waived to allow the person to enter the country. Thus, a person who runs with spies or drug traffickers, could seek residency in the United States using another visa category and possibly having some minor infraction waived.
However, if it is discovered that a person falls into one of the forbidden categories, the visa will be denied or revoked, and the person can face possible prison time in the United States and then deportation upon his release.
Visas are granted for many valid and honorable reasons. However, in many cases, people take improper advantage of the visa program. This can range from a relatively minor offense such as overstaying the time allowed by the visa to engaging in illegal activities or working as an agent of a foreign country without the proper permission.
Visas can also be canceled or revoked at any time for a variety of reasons. This cancellation does not mean that the person will be denied entry into the United States or will be forced to leave.
It has to be remembered that visas involve paperwork, like most government programs. Therefore, the U.S. embassy or consulate may stamp a visa as “Cancelled Without Prejudice.” This means that a mistake must be corrected before the visa is approved. The “without prejudice” notification indicates that the cancellation does not affect the applicants’ eligibility or ability to obtain the immigration benefits. However, the mistake or omission must be corrected.
Often securing a visa in one of the categories in the prior list will lead to securing a Green Card, which will allow permanent residency in the United States. It takes a number of years of “naturalization,” before the holder can apply for U.S. Citizenship. There are other cases where citizenship may be sought, with the most direct method being to join the U.S. Military. However, a background check is likely to be required.