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A BOLD IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY ACTING ON BEHALF OF FOREIGN NATIONALS

Legacy Immigration has maintained a 100% approval rate in family-sponsored petitions and employer-sponsored petitions filed on behalf of our clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Legacy Immigration is a law firm that represents foreign nationals from all walks of life in their pursuit of the American Dream.  Having represented companies and foreign nationals located domestically and internationally, Legacy Immigration’s tireless and effective legal representation has resulted in issuance of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, lawful permanent residence, naturalization, and authorized status for foreign nationals of all backgrounds.

At Legacy Immigration, we are dedicated to advocating passionately and vigorously to obtain favorable results for our clients.  No immigration case is too complex, too small, or too insignificant for us to handle.  We devote equal time and attention to each client’s case ensuring that every matter is handled meticulously, methodically, and thoroughly.

We give clients the confidence they need to feel that they are in safe hands so they can sleep soundly at night instead of worrying about the status of their case.  For more complex matters, we pull out all of the stops and go the extra mile to do what it takes to win your case.  Fueled by the belief in equal rights and opportunities, we confront stand steadfast in the face of governmental adversity instead of shying away from it.

SPECIAL SERVICES

At Legacy Immigration, we understand the plight of many foreign nationals who are faced with having to file motions, applications, petitions, or responses (for post-naturalization inquiries, Requests for Evidence or Notices of Intent to Deny) within hours or days.  Often, these foreign nationals cannot find an attorney willing or able to meet these stringent deadlines.  They have no choice but to prepare the filing to the best of their ability and file it on their own.  

As part of our commitment to help every foreign national overcome adversity to achieve the American Dream, we are available to represent clients for “last-minute” filings.  Whether the filing deadline is in a matter of hours, or days, we are there to help.  We work “round-the-clock” to parse a foreign national’s immigration file, pare down supporting documents, prepare/finalize the submission, all without ever compromising quality.  When it has been impossible or inadvisable to file a submission, we have filed a request for an extension within hours of being retained.

We Can Help You Achieve the American Dream.

“Every foreign national should have the opportunity to make his or her mark in this world. My legacy is to help every foreign national to achieve the American Dream so the United States can continue to be a nation of immigrants.”

Dawn C. Sequeira
Founder & Principal Attorney

“I’m the attorney that will never stop working for you. I want you to feel confident knowing that you have (finally) found an attorney who is in your corner.”
– Dawn C. Sequeira

How Can We Help You to Achieve the American Dream?

We want to help you navigate through the complex field of Immigration Law.  Please contact our office to Schedule a Consultation.


What Can You Expect At Your In-Person Consultation?

The in-person consultation at Legacy Immigration is unlike any other you experience that you might have had with any other law firm in the past.

Trust: Our goal from the time you step foot into our law firm is to build a trusting relationship through clear communication. This type of relationship will extend throughout the representation. Just like your doctor, if we are going to help you, we need to know everything. In the words of Jerry McGuire, “Help me, help you.” We are here to help you, but we cannot help you unless you tell us everything. Everything that you tell us is held in strict confidence. So it is imperative for you to fully disclose every detail in your case.

Peaceful Ambience: We understand the Immigration process can be an extremely fearful, frustrating, complicated, and time-consuming journey. Our job is to make this unpleasant experience as “easy,” painless, and quick as possible starting from our very first meeting. When you come into our office, you will notice there is open space, comfortable chairs and magazines, and lots of natural light which provides a sense of peacefulness. This type of ambience is intentional. Meeting your Immigration Attorney for the first time should not be a stressful event. Remember you are not visiting your dentist. Having a peaceful environment should help you focus on remembering and telling us the details of your case.

Attorney Introduction: Once you check in with the receptionist, then are seated in the attorney’s office, you can tell the attorney why you are visiting and the type of help that you need. It is always helpful if you have some sort of idea of the type of help that you need. This will help us to quickly narrow the focus of the consultation.

Detailed Timeline: The attorney will ask you several questions in order to take down a detailed timeline of your case. Depending on your case, she might go even further back to your parents’ immigration history. This will help us quickly assess any legal issues and rule out any forms of immigration relief.

Document Review: The attorney may quickly review some or all review all of the documentation that you bring (time permitting). Please bring your entire immigration file. It is always helpful to have copies of applications filed with USCIS (you can obtain them from your current attorney), all notices to and from USCIS/ the National Visa Center/ICE/the Department of State, all of your passports, all Immigration Court notices (and any applications). If the attorney would like to keep some of the documentation, upon your permission, she will quickly scan the documentation and return it to you.

Legal Options & Strategy: Once the attorney has a preliminary understanding of your case, she will provide you the various legal options and strategies. She will also provide a legal fee estimate to handle the matter (based on the information you provide). If applicable, she may provide you with a choice of legal fees for different types of services. These options are presented in order to make the legal fees affordable for every client.

Question & Answer: Although your attorney is not your friend, we are there to help you. So it is very important that you feel comfortable with your attorney to be able to ask questions. If you retain us, we are going to be working together for several months. This part of the consultation is for you to have all of your questions answered and all of your concerns addressed. Reading blogs and listening to “friends” cases can actually harm your case. USCIS treats each case on a “case by case” basis. What works for one person, may not work for another. The law one year ago may not be the law that is in place now or one year from now. The consultation is also the proper place for you to dispel any rumors. You are gaining access to an expert in the law and an officer of the Court. Use this valuable time to your advantage.

Consultation Fee Payment: Upon the conclusion of the consultation, you will pay the consultation fee. Preferable payment is via cashier’s check, money order (payable to: Legacy Immigration), and cash. In limited circumstances, personal checks are accepted as well as credit cards (4% surcharge applies).

Retaining Us Right After the Consultation: We stand by the quality of our service so much that we never pressure a client to sign a Retainer Agreement; to the contrary we encourage clients to visit other attorneys. Despite our encouragement, every single client that steps into Legacy Immigration hires us as his or her attorney without ever visiting another law firm. Even clients who spoke with us over the phone (and never scheduled a consultation), return months later to retain our law firm. We know that we leave a lasting impression, so we never have to pressure clients.

As we mentioned earlier, every client who visits our firm retains us; 99% of our consults actually decide to retain us at the end of the consultation. In lieu of paying the consult fee, they pay a legal fee installment towards the Retainer Agreement. As a “thank you” for retaining us the same day, we waive the consultation fee.

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Adam Walsh Act

“…and remember, you can make a difference.” -America’s Most Wanted (1988-2012), John Walsh Walsh is known for his anti-crime activism and his extreme hatred of criminals, with which he became involved following the murder of his son,...
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Adjustment of Status Green Card

Adjustment of Status (Green Card) & Section 245(i)

On December 21, 2000, President Clinton signed the Legal Immigration and Family Equity (LIFE) Act into law.  LIFE contains a series of immigration benefits destined to alleviate some of the backlog of certain family and work visas...
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Advance Parole

Advance Parole / Reentry Permit/ Refugee Travel Document

Advance Parole can be granted for a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) who has applied for duplicate I-551 but who must depart for emergent reasons prior to approval of the application, a person who is authorized for emergent...
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Asylum

Asylum, Humanitarian Parole, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

U.S. immigration law allows for many forms of humanitarian relief. Asylum and related relief is available to those fleeing persecution by the government of their home country or a group that their home government cannot control. The...
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Australian Professionals E-3

Australian Professionals (E-3)

The E-3 visa is probably one of the most underused visas considering the major benefits. The E-3 visa arose out of the REAL ID Act of 2005. It enables foreign nationals of Australia to work in the...
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Conditional Green Card

Conditional Residence with Petition to Remove Conditions (Form I-751)

If you become a U.S. resident due to your marriage to a U.S. citizen, you will get a “conditional” green card that expires in just two years. Within 90 days of your green card anniversary (not wedding...
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Consular Denials

Consular Denials [221(g)]

The first thing to know when you are going to interview at a U.S. consulate is that consular officers (COs) have exclusive and absolute authority to decide visa applications with no right for the lawyer to be...
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Cuban Adjustment Act

Cuban Adjustment Act

In 1996, the U.S. government passed the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). It allows Cuban natives or Cuban citizens and their accompanying spouses and children under 21 years old to obtain green cards. Children can include step-children, adopted...
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Deferred Action

Deferred Action (for Adults)

“Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace…”   -Lyrics from Imagine, John Lennon (1971) Give thanks to...
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Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The injunction against Expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) does not affect the existing DACA Program. To qualify under the existing DACA program, an individual must meet all of the following criteria:   have...
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Diversity Visa Lottery

Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery

The Department of State (“DOS”), together with the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), use a complex formula based on the number of persons from each foreign state who became lawful permanent residents during the most recent 5-year...
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EB-1A Extraordinary Ability

The First employment-based preference (EB-1A) is available to foreign nationals of “extraordinary ability.” The regulations at 8 C.F.R. §204.5(h)(2) define “extraordinary ability” as “a level of expertise indicating that the individual is one of that small percentage...
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EB-1B

EB-1B Outstanding Professor/Researcher

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §203(b)(1) allows foreign nationals who possess “extraordinary ability,” “outstanding professors and researchers,” and certain “executives” and “managers” of multinational organizations to obtain a green card under the first employment-based preference (EB-1)....
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EB-2 National Interest Waiverr

EB-2 National Interest Waiver

Here at Legacy Immigration, one of our specialties is the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW).  Our secret tool is our attorney’s strong background in the biological sciences, which enables her to interpret an applicant’s scientific research due...
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EB-5

EB-5 Investor Visa

What is the EB-5 Investor Visa? The EB-5 visa was made available for U.S. employment creation by the Immigration Act of 1990. The petition, Form I-526, is filed by an immigration attorney on behalf of the immigrant...
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H-1B Specialty Occupation

Apart from the L-1 visa, the H-1B appears to be the other highly sought after nonimmigrant status in the U.S. The H-1B is exclusively reserved for “professionals” and “specialists” employed by a U.S. petitioner. Immigration Act of...
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H-2B

H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker

The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to employ foreign workers to fill “temporary” non-agricultural jobs. The H-2B visas are subject to a quota. Each year, only 66,000 H-2B visas are allowed of which 33,000...
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H-3 Trainee Visa

H-3 Trainee Visa

When we explain the H-3 Trainee Visa to our clients, many of them are unaware that such a visa exists. The H-3 Trainee Visa has several benefits such as no minimum education, allows for remuneration, no quota...
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INA 212

INA §212(h): A Waiver for Crimes More than 15 Years Old, Crimes of Moral Turpitude, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Prostitution

INA §212(h): A Waiver for Crimes More than 15 Years Old, Crimes of Moral Turpitude, Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Prostitution Legacy Immigration handles our clients’ waiver cases differently than many other law firms. Our submissions comprise...
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J Visa Waiver

J Visa Waiver

We receive many calls from potential clients who wish to change to H-1B status or apply for a marriage-based green card. They discover, either through a friend or online blogs that they are subject to INA §212(e),...
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K-1 Fiance

K-1 Fiancé Visa

Many foreign nationals contact our law firm to file their green card applications based their engagement to a U.S. citizen. In many instances, the foreign national arrived in the U.S. on a B-2 tourist visa. Other foreign...
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Naturalization

Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one. ~Chinese Proverb Many people cannot wait to apply for U.S. citizenship. They think back to their green card interview and remember (in most instances), how easy...
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Naturalization Through Military Duty

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 Legacy Immigration has a “soft spot” for active...
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Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant Visas

There is an alphabet soup of visas.  Which one is best for you? If you need guidance on which type of U.S. visa may be best for you and do not know where to start, the U.S....
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Extraordinary Ability

O-1B (Extraordinary Ability) Nonimmigrant Visa

The O visa category is one of our favorite visas to file because of its many benefits. Unlike the H visa, there is no quota (numerical limitation), no minimum education requirement, no minimum salary requirement, and no...
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Parole-in-Place

Parole-in-Place

Spouses of U.S. armed forces members can obtain a green card in the U.S. even if they have never been inspected and admitted (entered without inspection). There is a common misconception that if a foreign national entered...
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Prosecutorial Discretion

Prosecutorial Discretion

The U.S. government’s effort to prioritize the immigration enforcement system has given foreign nationals the chance to obtain green cards. The Obama Administration established a working group comprised of officials from the Department of Homeland Security, including...
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Registry

Registry

Registration The purpose of Registry is to create a legal record of entry for those who do not have a legal record of entry. Registry allows for foreign nationals to obtain lawful permanent residence (“Green Card”) if...
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Removal Proceedings

Removal Proceedings

The Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”) contains criteria that make foreign nationals either inadmissible or deportable. The only difference is that deportability applies to citizens who have been formally admitted to the U.S. The grounds of inadmissibility...
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Returning Resident

Returning Resident (SB-1)

The “green card” is also known as “Form I-551” (noted in the corner of the card). The green card, which is now actually green in color, is one of the most coveted documents in the United States...
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Violence Against Women

VAWA

Enacted in 1994 and amended in 1996 and 2000, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides immigration relief for some abused noncitizens who stay in abusive relationships because their abusive spouse hold a vital key to their...
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Visa Waiver / Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program. Travel authorization via ESTA does not determine admissibility at the...
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TN

Visas for Canadian and Mexican Professionals (TN)

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico became effective on January 1, 1994. NAFTA allows Canadian and Mexican citizens to enter the U.S. on TN status in order to engage in...
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