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Sarah C.

Sarah Corstange

95 reviews
Sarah’s practice, Corstange Law, focuses on immigration for startups and businesses to help them come up with strategies to keep their founders, investors, and employees in the US. She provides all of the necessary advice to ensure her clients stay in compliance with the immigration laws. Her interest in international law inspired her to live and travel in the Middle East for years.
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William F.

William Frenkel

62 reviews
William has over 28 years of experience as a corporate lawyer with leading New York law firms, in-house counsel for a U.S. multinational corporation, and as the founder of his own firm Frenkel Sukhmap LLP. For the last 10 years, he has focused on serving the legal needs of the alternative investment funds industry, particularly clients that are emerging and established businesses.
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Nasreen S.

Nasreen Syed

24 reviews
Nasreen Syed founded Syed law with a simple concept in mind: legal strategy is not and should not be a “one-size-fits all” approach. Her practice caters specifically to the needs of individuals and communication with clients is a top priority for her. She aims to be a lawyer with integrity, with trust between a lawyer and a client being at the center of her legal beliefs.
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Andrea L.

Andrea Lee

17 reviews
Andrea Lee is an attorney at law with over seven years of experience. She primarily specializes in providing legal assistance to startup companies, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Andrea is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She obtained her legal degree from the New York Law School. Andrea is skilled in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts. She is currently a managing attorney at Lee Dantzler LLP.
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Nadia Z.

Nadia Zaidi

15 reviews
Nadia Zaidi is an immigration attorney with over 10 years’ experience. She provides legal assistance to corporate clients that faces problems with immigration law. Nadia has worked with Button, MoLabs, Yeh Ideology and numerous other corporate clients. She worked as an employment immigration attorney at Fragomen Del Rey for two years, but moved on to start her own law firm in 2015, where she is now the principal attorney.
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Leann D. S.

Leann D. Stanick, Esq.

3 reviews
Leann Stanick has recently become the Founding Partner of Stanick & El-Naggar, LLC, which is an Immigration and Human Rights law firm based in New York City. She is head of the firm's Caribbean Practice Group. For almost 4 years, Leann served the Law Office of Angelita DeSilva, Esq. as a Law Clerk. Her main focus areas include U.S. immigration and cross-border settlement. She studied Immigration Law and graduated with Honors from The Florida Coastal School of Law. She also obtained her Diploma.
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Justin L.

Justin Lynch

2 reviews
Justin Lynch is a business attorney that has been practicing law in New York for the past 11 years. He specializes in commercial contracts, intellectual property law, as well as in all other areas related to corporate law. Justin attended the Columbia University School of Law, where he received his J.D. after graduating. He has been an attorney at Colby Law Office since October 2010. Prior to this position, Justin was the principal of his own law office.
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Minwon  C.

Minwon Cho

2 reviews
Mr. Cho graduated from NYU and Syracuse Law School, both on merit-based scholarships. He has extensive experience in both litigation and immigration from a small boutique f... read more
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Lisa E.

Lisa Eisenberg

15 reviews
Lisa Eisenberg has 12 years of experience as an attorney at law. She primarily specializes in immigration law and assists corporate clients with their employment matters that involve immigrant employees. She has a license to practice law in New Jersey and New York. Lisa has a Juris Doctor degree in law and she is an Adjunct Professor of law at the City University of New York. She is also the founding member and principal member of the Eisenberg Law Firm.
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Charles B.

Charles Borrero

2 reviews
Charles Borrero is a corporate attorney with more than a decade’s experience. Charles has represented numerous high-stake corporate clients, including the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is licensed to practice law in several states, including California, Maryland, the District of Columbia and New York. Since November 2011, Charles has been running his own law firm, where he acts as the managing attorney.
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More than three million or more foreign-born people live in New York City, based on current estimates. That is more than any other city in the world. In fact, close to 40 percent of the city's population is from other countries. The Big Apple's diverse population didn't happen by accident; many of the people living there used a top immigration attorney to help them settle in the U.S.

Whether you are a business that wants to hire foreign workers, or you're looking to make the U.S. your permanent home, you too may need to look for the best immigration attorneys in the city. These lawyers can help you:

  • Discern which method of getting a green card is best for your situation.
  • Understand the different visa types that are applicable to your situation.
  • Explore your options if you have overstayed your visa and are in danger of being deported.
  • Return to the U.S. if you have already been deported.
  • File petitions to bring your spouse, close relatives, and extended family members to the U.S. to live with you.
  • Come to the U.S. or stay in the U.S. even if you have committed a crime.
  • Change your visa status.
  • Renew your visa or get it extended.
  • Apply for citizenship after you get your green card.

Immigration law is extremely complex, and the current political environment in the U.S. means that the laws may be on the verge of experiencing radical changes. Your best chances of getting and keeping the status you want lie with a top immigration attorney who knows your situation. A surprising 40 to 60 percent of fiancé visa petitions are not approved; an experienced immigration lawyer can improve your odds.

An attorney may even be able to save you money. If you make a mistake with your visa, you may have to start the process over again and resubmit filing fees. It is better to get things right the first time.

You may want to hire an immigration attorney for either transactional or litigation purposes. Transactional processes involve filling out and filing necessary paperwork, whereas litigation deals with sorting out tricky immigration issues and may involve court hearings.

How to Find the Best Immigration Lawyer in New York

The state of New York has over 170,000 lawyers; there are roughly 87 attorneys per 10,000 people. Thousands of those lawyers specialize in immigration. Instead of picking the first legal representative you come across, you have to do your research.

First, make sure that the attorney is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Members of the bar must pass a rigorous exam before they begin to practice law in the state. You should also:

  • Read lawyer reviews. You can do an online search for the best immigration attorneys in New York. You may find information on sites like Martindale.com and Yelp. Martindale.com charges a fee, but the peer reviews are more trustworthy than what you might find on other websites.
  • Seek professional referrals. If you live in the suburbs of New York City, you may be able to use the referral service of the New York State Bar Association. However, within the city itself, you can use different referral services, including the Brooklyn Bar Association or the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service.
  • Seek personal referrals. In a city full of immigrants, it should be relatively easy to find someone else who has used the services of an immigration lawyer. Ask about the person's experience.

Before you commit to a New York City immigration attorney, you should:

  • Understand who will be helping you. Will you be working mostly with the attorney you initially speak to, or will other lawyers or a paralegal have a large role in your case?
  • Understand the billing structure. A lawyer may charge a flat fee for some services, but in more complex situations, a retainer or an hourly rate may be required.
  • Understand how the lawyer communicates. You want to work with someone you can easily reach when you have questions.

Questions to Ask Your Immigration Lawyer

  • How much experience do you have? Are you more comfortable dealing with certain types of visas?
  • Based on your experience, do you think my case will be a success or a failure? What obstacles might we meet along the way?
  • Do you mostly handle immigration transactions, or do you have court hearing experience?
  • What kind of timeline are we looking at for what I want to do?
  • Are there any fees I should expect to pay beyond your hourly rate?

The federal regulations that govern immigration into the U.S. are complex. A top lawyer in New York City can help you navigate this detailed section of the law, whether they do so by assisting with paperwork or by representing you in court.

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Our New York immigration attorneys & lawyers can help you or your company secure a work visa for business-related matters, such as advising you on obtaining a short-term visa for business trip or a work visa that will allow an employee or executive work within the United States or abroad for an extended period of time.

Some of the types of visas that the New York immigration attorneys on UpCounsel have helped clients obtain include: H-1B visas, which is for temporary employment in specialty occupations, O-1 visas, where an individual possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, L-1, which is for employees of an international company with offices in both the United States and abroad, E-2 visa, which is for investors, along with several other popular work visas.

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