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Matthews Immigration Group | Raleigh Law Firm | Individual + Family

INDIVIDUAL + FAMILY-SPONSORED IMMIGRATION

Do not go it alone. Immigration is one of the most complex areas of U.S. law, and minor oversights can produce severe negative consequences. Hiring immigration counsel to represent your interests is a wise investment. Our firm maintains a sustainable and equitable cost-benefit balance in its Flat Fee Schedule, charging attorney fees in accordance with high-quality legal services.

Consider the value that you place on your family, your home, and your work, each of which you place in jeopardy when attempting to self-navigate the complex, confusing, and often contradictory immigration legal system. There is no room for error so weigh your investment in experienced immigration counsel against the cost of a denied immigration benefit, a forced removal from the U.S., a separation of family, or a loss of employment or community.

"The Tax Laws and the Immigration and Nationality Acts are examples we have cited of Congress's ingenuity in passing statutes certain to accelerate the aging process of judges." - Lok v. INS, 546 F.2d 37, 38 (2d Cir. 1977)

"Immigration is a mystery and a mastery of obfuscation." - Legacy-INS Spokesperson Karen Kraushaar, quoted in the Washington Post, April 24, 2001 Metro Section, in article entitled "Md. Family Ensnared in Immigration Maze - After Changes in Law, Couple Faces Deportation"

"The statutory scheme defining and delimiting the rights of aliens is exceedingly complex.  Courts and commentators have stated that the Immigration and Nationality Act (the "INA") resembles 'King Mino's labyrinth in ancient Crete,' and is 'second only to the Internal Revenue Code in complexity'." - Chan v. Reno, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30 16 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (citing Lok v. INS, 546 F.2d 37, 38 (2d Cir. 1977) and Castro-o-Ryan v. I.N.S., 821 F.2d 1415, 1419 (9th Cir. 1987))

"This case vividly illustrates the labyrinthine character of modern immigration law - a maze of hyper-technical statues and regulations that engender waste, delay, and confusion for the Government and petitioners alike.  The inscrutability of the current immigration law system, and the interplay of the numerous amendments and alterations to that system by Congress...have spawned years of litigation...and consumed significant resources of this Court." - Drax v. Reno, 338 F.3d 98, 99-100 (2d. Cir. 2003)

Represented immigrants in detention who have a custody hearing are four times more likely to be released from detention (44% with counsel v. 11% without).  Represented immigrants are much more likely to apply for relief from deportation.  Detained immigrants with counsel are nearly 11 times more likely to seek relief than those without representation (32% with counsel v. 3% without).  Immigrants who were never detained are five times more likely to seek relief if they have an attorney (78% with counsel v. 15% without).  Represented immigrants are more likely to obtain the immigration relief they seek.  Among detained immigrants, those with representation are twice as likely as unrepresented immigrants to obtain immigration relief if they seek it (49% with counsel v. 23% without).  Represented immigrants who were never detained are nearly five times more likely than their unrepresented counterparts to obtain relief if they seek it (63% with counsel v. 13% without). - American Immigration Council

"Immigration law is very complex." - Castro-O-Ryan v. INS, 847 F.2d 1307, 1312 (9th Cir. 1988); Escobar Grijalva v. INS, 206 F.3d 1331 (9th Cir. 2000)

Our firm is set apart by our boutique model approach to specialized immigration lawyering within an increasingly conglomerated legal industry. Matthews Immigration Group possesses an interdisciplinary background uniquely experienced with and singularly focused upon the immigration needs of our clients. We provide an unwavering commitment to client service and education, advocacy, the integration of technology into case preparation to maximize efficiency and transparency, and highly competitive and inclusive flat fees. We do not seek to be the largest immigration services provider - we seek to be an exceptional one. We are not an assembly-line mega-firm that views and treats foreign nationals like commodities. Our business model enables us to be selective with the clients and cases we represent so that we may offer each client the personalized attention that they require and deserve.

We assist individuals, couples, and families with the following immigration matters:

SELF-PETITIONING WORK VISAS

 

Immigrant Visas for Highly-Skilled Self-Petitioners

 

Self-Petitioners of Extraordinary Ability

(EB-1A)

Individuals may be “sponsored” for permanent residence by employers based on an offer of permanent, full-time employment.  In some instances involving individuals of extraordinary ability and international recognition, it is possible to self-petition for permanent residence. This category is reserved for the absolute best and the brightest; the small percentage who have risen to the highest levels in their fields of endeavor, and whose achievements have been recognized by sustained national or international acclaim.

Self-Petitioners for National Interest Waivers Under the Second Employment-Based Preference Category

(EB-2)

 

This category is reserved for individuals with advanced degrees (or the equivalent) or individuals of exceptional ability in the sciences, the arts, or business. Labor certification (PERM) is required for this category, except for individuals whose cases fall under a very narrow exception that waives labor certification in the national interest (i.e., a “National Interest Waiver”).

Advanced Degree or the Equivalent

(EB-2A)

An advanced degree is a post-baccalaureate degree, e.g., a master’s degree or a doctorate (or foreign equivalent). The equivalent to a master’s degree, for purposes of this category, is a four-year bachelor’s degree followed by five years of progressive experience demonstrated by advancing levels of responsibility and knowledge in the specialty.

Exceptional Ability

(EB-2B)

“A degree of expertise significantly above that ordinarily encountered.”  Evidence of exceptional ability can include an advanced degree in the area of specialization, at least 10 years of experience, a license to practice the profession, and industry or peer recognition for achievements or contributions to the field.

VISITORS

 

Nonimmigrant Visas for Business Visitors + Tourists

B-1: Temporary Visitors for Business

B-2: Pleasure (Tourism + Vacation) Visitors + Visitors for Medical Treatment

BCC: Border Crossing Cards (Mexican Nationals)

WB: Visa Waiver Program

GB: Temporary Visitors for Business (limited to Guam)

STUDENTS + EXCHANGE VISITORS

 

Nonimmigrant Visas for Students + Exchange Visitors

Academic Students (SEVIS required)

F-1: Academic Students

F-2: Spouses + Children of F-1s

F-3 Mexican + Canadian "Border Commuter" Academic Students

Exchange Visitors (SEVIS required)

J-1: Exchange Visitors

J-2: Spouses + Children of J-1s

Vocational + Language Students (SEVIS required)

 

M-1: Vocational or Other Non-Academic Students

 

M-2: Spouses + Children of M-1s

M-3 Mexican + Canadian "Border Commuter" Vocational Students

International Cultural Exchange Visitors (USCIS required)

Q-1: International Cultural Exchange Visitors

Q-2: Irish Peace Process Cultural + Training Program (Walsh Visas)

Q-3: Spouses + Children of Q-2s

Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs)

See E-2, H-1B, J-1, O-1, + TN categories.

FIANCÉ(E)S + CERTAIN FAMILY MEMBERS

 

Nonimmigrant Visas for Fiancé(e)s + Certain Family Members

Fiancé(e)s + Spouses of United States Citizens

 

K-1: Fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens

 

K-2: Minor Children of K-1s

 

K-3: Spouses of United States Citizens

 

K-4: Children of K-3s

 

Parents and Children of "Special Immigrants"

 

N-8: Parents of SK-3 "Special Immigrants"

 

N-9: Children of N-8, SK-1, SK-2, or SK-4 "Special Immigrants"

Certain Second-Preference Beneficiaries

 

V-1: Spouses of Lawful Permanent Residents Who Are Principal Beneficiaries of a Family-Based Petition Filed Prior to December 21, 2000, + Pending for Three Years or More

 

V-2: Children of Lawful Permanent Residents Who Are Principal Beneficiaries of a Family-Based Petition Filed Prior to December 21, 2000, + Pending for Three Years or More

OTHER NONIMMIGRANT VISAS

 

Nonimmigrant Visas for Other Categories, including Diplomats + International Civil Servants

Aliens in Transit

C-1: Aliens in Transit Directly Through the United States

C-1D: Combined Transit + Crewmen Visa

C-2: Aliens in Transit to the United Nations Headquarters District Under Section 11.(3), (4), or (5) of the Headquarters Agreement

C-3: Foreign Government Officials in Transit, Immediate Family Partners, Attendants, Servants, + Personal Employees

C-4: Transit Without Visas

Crewmen

D-1: Crewmembers Departing on Same Vessel of Arrival

D-2: Crewmembers Departing by Means Other Than Vessel of Arrival

Foreign Government Officials to International Organizations (FGOs)

G-1: Principal Resident Representatives of Recognized Foreign Member Governments to International Organizations + Immediate Family Partners

G-2: Other Representatives of Recognized Foreign Member Government to International Organizations + Immediate Family Partners

G-3: Representatives of Non-Recognized or Non-Member Governments to International Organizations + Immediate Family Partners

G-4: International Organizations Officers + Employees, + Immediate Family Partners

G-5: Attendants, Servants, and Personal Employees of G-1s, G-2s, G-3s, G-4s, + Immediate Family Partners

North Atlantic Treaty Organization ("NATO")

NATO-1: Principal Permanent Representatives of Member States to NATO, Resident Official Staff Partners, + Immediate Family Partners

NATO-2: Other Representatives of Member States, Dependents of Partners of a Force Entering in Accordance With the Provisions of the NATO Status-of-Forces Agreement, + Partners of Such a Force

NATO-3: Official Clerical Staff Accompanying Representatives of Member States to NATO + Immediate Family Partners

NATO-4: Officials of NATO Other Than Those Qualified as NATO-1s + Immediate Family Partners

NATO-5: Experts Other Than NATO Officials Qualified as NATO-4s, Employed on Behalf of NATO + Immediate Family Partners

NATO-6: Partners of Civilian Components Who Are Either Accompanying a Force Entering in Accordance With the Provisions of the NATO Status-of-Forces Agreement, Attached to an Allied Headquarters Under the Protocol on the Status of International Military Headquarters Set Up Pursuant to NATO, + Dependents

NATO-7: Servants + Personal Employees of NATO-1s, NATO-2s, NATO-3s, NATO-4s, NATO-5s, NATO-6s, + Immediate Family Partners

Witnesses + Informants

 

S-5: Informants of Criminal Organizations

 

S-6: Informants of Terrorism

Victims of Human Trafficking (USCIS required)

 

T-1: Victims of Human Trafficking

 

T-2: Spouses of T-1s

 

T-3: Children of T-1s

 

T-4: Parents of T-1s under 21 Years of Age

Victims of Criminal Activity (USCIS required)

 

U-1: Victims of Criminal Activity

 

U-2: Spouses of U-1s

 

U-3: Children of U-1s

U-4: Parents of U-1s under 21 Years of Age

FAMILY-SPONSORED IMMIGRANT VISAS (GREEN CARDS)

 

Immediate Relative Petitions (IRPs)

 

Spouses, Unmarried Children (Under 21 Years of Age), + Parents of United States Citizens

FS-1

Unmarried Sons + Daughters (Over 21 Years of Age) of United States Citizens

FS-2A

Spouses + Children (Under 21 Years of Age) of Lawful Permanent Residents

FS-2B

Unmarried Sons + Daughters (Over 21 Years of Age) of Lawful Permanent Residents

FS-3

Married Children of United States Citizens

FS-4

 

Siblings of Adult United States Citizens

REMOVAL DEFENSE + ADDITIONAL SERVICES

 

Adjustment of Status

 

Affirmative Asylum

Consular Processing

Criminal Immigration Issues

Defensive Asylum

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deportation / Removal Defense

Employment Matters

 

Humanitarian Relief

Immigration Bond Hearings

International Adoption

 

J-1 Waivers

 

LGBTQ+ Family Matters

NACARA

Naturalization / Citizenship

Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID)

Requests for Evidence (RFE)

Removal of Conditions

Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJS)

Stateside Waivers

TPS

VAWA

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