Immigration Law


Driven by shifting political forces, the framework of policies and regulations that make up U.S. immigration law is in constant flux. Individuals and businesses of all size face numerous challenges when attempting to navigate these complex laws. We are dedicated to helping clients confront and overcome those challenges. Relying on expertise that stems from years of in-depth immigration experience, The Elmahdi Law Firm delivers comprehensive services and focused solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, families, and individuals.

We provide the following immigration services:

Family Based Immigration

One of the most common ways for people to get a green card is through a family member. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can help certain family members immigrate to the United States. This is a two-step process. First, the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident files a family visa petition. Second, the foreign national relative files an application to become a permanent resident. Each step involves different legal and factual issues, which can be difficult and confusing. At The Elmahdi Firm, we understand the intricacies of this process and can help you navigate it.

Employment Based Immigration

Thousands of foreign workers in a wide variety of occupations come to the United States to work every year.  These include doctors, nurses, musicians, scientists, researchers, information technology specialists, and investors, among others. All foreign workers must obtain permission to work legally in the United States, and each employment category has different requirements for both the employer and the employee.  Obtaining a permanent visa (a “green card”) through employment can be the most complicated type of immigration matter.  The process usually involves a high level of coordination among the employer, the employee, and the government. Our firm has the knowledge and experience to navigate this complex process.  Let us work for you.

Non-Immigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant visas are available for foreign nationals wishing to enter the United States on a temporary basis for a particular purpose – for tourism, medical treatment, business, temporary work, study, or other similar reasons. Visitors must demonstrate that they will not be engaged in gainful employment in the U.S. and intend to return home at the end of the of their stay by showing they have a job, family, property, or business ties abroad that will draw them back when their visit ends. The burden is on the visitor to prove this to the government. We can assist you in presenting your facts to the government to meet each of their concerns.  On the other hand, if you are interested in coming to the U.S. to pursue further education or training, there are several visa options available for you. F-1 and M-1 visas are available for those seeking education in academic and vocational programs. J-1 and H-3 are some options for those who want training before returning home to pursue their careers. Generally, these options do not carry employment authorization and you must comply with the original plan of study or training. Our firm can assist you in determining which options are best for your needs.

Naturalization and Citizenship

The final step of your immigration journey is naturalization and citizenship. However, the road toward citizenship can sometimes be long and difficult and may require you to tackle challenges you had not anticipated. Our firm will be there at every step to help you through the challenges and avoid the pitfalls in the immigration system.

Deportation/Removal Defense

Being faced with possible deportation from the United States can be an extremely stressful and upsetting situation to be in. Figuring out how to deal with possible deportation and what the process will entail can be confusing, especially at a time when you or a loved one may be separated from family or sent back into an unstable or dangerous situation in your home country. It is important to have the help of a skilled, professional deportation lawyer in navigating this complicated process. At The Elmahdi Law Firm, our lawyers have devoted themselves to defending people in removal proceedings throughout the United States. Our attorneys will vigorously defend you every step of the way.


We promise to partner with you to take the appropriate steps in implementing the immigration strategy that works best for your situation. This includes working with you to gather the necessary information and documents, preparing the appropriate forms for submission, and following up with the different government agencies involved until you obtain a result. Where necessary, we will also accompany you to government interviews, walk you through each step, and answer your questions along the way. It’s that simple!

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