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Why Scientists, Researchers, and Professors Should Choose Our Firm
- We listen and learn from you. We know that you do critical work in that is in the national interest of the United States. Your colleagues know this about your work, too. But, will a non-scientist USCIS officer reading your petition know how significant your work is? Many attorneys can help you quantify your work by counting your publications, citations, and pointing out the prestigious publications where your work can be found. We do that too, but it doesn’t end there. We strive to understand your work by having long conversations with you, learning about what you have done, and taking a genuine interest in what you do.
- We have focused our practice on helping high-achieving scientists and researchers for over 25 years. We have successfully helped thousands of talented, hard-working STEM and otherwise academic professionals win their Employment-Based (EB) cases. Back when USCIS introduced the modern EB categories used today, David’s background in science quickly made him a highly sought-after representative for these cases. Back then, it was easy--if you had a Ph.D. with one or two publications, you could win an EB-1A case. Things have changed since then. USCIS continues to raise the bar to qualify for these EB categories, and now they are more difficult to win than ever. Thankfully, with our 25+ years of experience in demonstrating our clients’ best qualities, we are up to the challenge. We understand what USCIS is looking for to establish eligibility in these highly demanding categories. Our motto: Immigration down to a science.
- We take the hard cases. There are times when STEM professionals contact us, and we feel their careers at not yet at the point where they can win one of the EB categories. In those cases, we advise our clients on the steps that they must take to strengthen their portfolios to file successful EB petitions in the future. On the other hand, if our experience tells us that you are ready to make the case for an EB category--even if other attorneys have discouraged you--we will work with you to present a strong case and win.
- We are accessible. We are located off Route 44 in Avon, Connecticut, with regular office hours Monday through Friday. You can come to meet with us personally, as well as call us during those hours. However, our business is just as easily conducted remotely. We check our work emails multiple times a day, every day of the week. If we are out of the office, we never make you wait for answers to your questions, unless the answers depend upon referencing your physical file.
- Our attorneys know the law and argue it effectively. Client-attorney collaboration helps us present and explain the significance of your work to USCIS in the best way possible. But, this isn’t everything we offer you. We have specialized knowledge and expertise as attorneys, which make us qualified to argue the legal aspects of your case. USCIS decisions are guided by laws and regulations. From the onset of your case, we structure your petition with these in mind, and follow up with effective legal arguments on those rare occasions when USCIS needs more legal justification to approve your case.
What you can expect from us:
- Strategy Conference. Our firm is built around quality communication between the attorney and the client, right from the outset. We firmly believe that our clients should not only be aware of what we are doing, but also understand what we are doing. That’s why we schedule our “strategy conference,” a personal consultation lasting between one to three hours, as soon as you join us as a client. During this consultation, we can discuss your background, and problems you have, anything you have heard about on the internet, and what you believe is best for your case. In turn, we will tell you everything you need to know about the process, including what we know USCIS is looking for to approve your case. If you have questions that go beyond filing your I-140, such as what you should if you are not on an H-1B, or if you are planning to travel during the process--we can answer those, too. If three hours is not enough, we will reserve another three hours to continue our conversation. Quality communication takes time, but our experience has shown that this time is never wasted.
- Referee Letters. As any good immigration attorney will tell you, reference letters from your supervisors and peers (“referee letters”) are perhaps the most important part of an employment-based petition, second only to a strong petition letter. Over the 25+ years that we have been preparing these types of cases, we have submitted thousands of referee letters. During that time, we have perfected the structure and style of these letters, and in the process, have curated several sample sets for almost every scientific field. Once you join us, these samples will be made available to you immediately. You can then customize each letter, with details on yourself, the work you have done, and how your work has impacted the referee. Once you return each letter to us, we will both modify it and send you our suggestions for what ought to be discussed based on what we know about your background. We will spend as much time as is necessary on each letter, and will often go through several drafts before it is finished. We will also discuss what kind of referees will be necessary for your case to succeed, and help you select and write to your referees.
- What about lawyers who tell me they will write the letters for me? Some attorneys advertise that they will draft recommendation letters, supposedly saving their clients the time and effort of writing these letters themselves. This is certainly very appealing, but the truth is that it is impossible. Unless the attorney has a Ph.D. in your field and is working alongside you at your lab, they are not capable of “drafting letters for you.” In all likelihood, such an attorney will read about your field online, and write a standard letter that fails to explain what you are doing. It likely says things like, “He/she has done extraordinary work and is one of the top people in the field,” without explaining why. Such letters are useless, and will result in a denial. What’s worse: the attorney would have wasted your time by attempting to write about a field you have spent years or even decades mastering. We know this for a fact, as we have had clients bring us their failed cases with letters that were written this way. We have redone these cases from the ground up, and they have been approved. The bottom line is: we know immigration law, and you know your research. Just as you are coming to us because you do not know everything about immigration, we cannot pretend to be experts in your field. Doing so would be a waste of your time, and would not be a fair way to handle your case. By using our system outlined above, in which you draft a letter based on our tested samples and send it to us for revisions, your knowledge of your own research will work in tandem with our expertise in immigration to create a set of winning letters.
Regarding our agreements and fees:
- What is included in your “Inclusive Agreement?” The inclusive agreement is by far our best and most popular agreement. Perhaps 9 out of 10 of our clients have selected this agreement, and it is no mystery why. With an up-front investment of our flat fee, this agreement provides the most value. There are no hidden costs, and everything that is included is explained in full detail in the agreement. When you select this agreement, you are guaranteed:
- Full service from our staff, including your attorney of choice -- no need to worry about extra charges for emailing or calling us. If you have a problem pertaining to your case, or any issues arise while we are representing you, we will always do our best to help you resolve it. Our responses are prompt -- normally we will get back to you within one business day, or less.
- If you have filed in one I-140 category (EB-1A, EB-1B, NIW), but decide you also want to file in one or more other categories, you do not have to worry about any extra attorney fees -- we will prepare and submit up to three separate cases for you.
- If you receive a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) on a case we have filed, we will prepare and submit a response for you at no additional charge.
- If you wish to file your case with Premium Processing service (available for EB-1A and EB-1B categories), we will do so at no extra attorney fee. (Please note: USCIS filing fee for Premium Processing service, currently $1,225.00, is not included and must be paid by the client.)
- If your case is denied, we will assist you in preparing and submitting a new case (re-file) at no extra attorney fee.
- Alternatively, if your case is denied, we will assist you in preparing and submitting an appeal, motion to reopen, or motion to reconsider at no extra attorney fee. (The client has full discretion to do either a re-file or an appeal/motion, but not both.)
- We will also file one I-485 for no extra attorney fee, provided this office handles I-485 applications for any dependent applicants (spouse and children) that you plan to file for. Concurrent filing of both I-140 and I-485 can also be done, at no extra attorney fee.
- We will match our competitors. If you can find an attorney who offers more than what we include in our Inclusive Agreement for the same fee or less, send us that attorney’s offer and we will try to match or even exceed that offer. Most attorneys who offer much lower fees for EB cases do not include what we have in our Inclusive Agreement. Please check carefully for hidden costs, and compare our agreements carefully. As we said before, these documents lay out exactly what is included.
- What about paying half up front and half upon an approval? While this scheme is not among the agreements we offer, we will make up such an agreement by matching another attorney, as explained above. Simply send us a copy of the other attorney’s agreement, and we will try to match it. However, please be aware that such arrangements typically charge much more than the agreements we offer, charge extra for RFE or NOID response, and only apply to one filing (as opposed to three submissions included in our agreements). While we can and will match these offers, we firmly believe that our agreements offer the best value for the services included, especially when you consider the depth of our experience in doing these cases.
- Design your own agreement. If you only want certain things included, but you want a lower price, send us a list of what you want included and we will price it for you and draw up an agreement that includes just those services. Or, if some other attorney is offering the services you want at a lower price, send us their agreement and we will try to match it. Finally, if another attorney sends you an agreement that you like, and you would like us to take a look at it for you to see if it is as good as it seems, then we will analyze it for you for free.
- We want to hear from you. Finally, if you have any comments or suggestions on how we can make our services better for you, please let us know. We are always looking for new ways to provide the best value for our clients.