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DeJesus Law
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Xavier L.
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Attorney Marla Castro is an awesome immigration attorney that initially helped me bring two employees under an L1A visa! With her help, we were able to renew the visa and file for residency. I found her in this app and I am very satisfied with her services! She answered all my questions and cleared all my doubts. She was also very accessible. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is looking for an experienced and knowledgable immigration attorney!!!!

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The team of immigration attorneys at the Gutierrez Law Firm offers service in all areas of the law, from employment visas, family-based petitions, and permanent visas, like EB-5 and EB-1(c) to temporary investment visas.

  • 34 years in business
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Daniel P. McCarthy is recognized for his expertise in immigration law and civil trial law. He has over fifteen years experience in handling a broad range of complex immigration matters for clients, and more than twenty-five years experience in civil litigation. His immigration law experience includes counseling scholars, professional, and other client on matters relating to applications for visas and permanent residency. He has an outstanding record of success in developing strategies for clients in obtaining visas. Dan has served as the designated school official at the University of Texas at San Antonio for the processing of International Student visa applications. He served as the responsible officer to represent UTSA under the Exchange Visitor Program obtained permanent residency for international scholars. Dan is Board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has substantial experience resolving civil claims for clients involving I-9 worksite enforcement actions, personal injury, Texas Deceptive Trade Practices, contracts, and real estate. He is admitted to practice before all Texas State Courts and the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Texas. Dan is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a Sustaining Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He belongs to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Association of International Educators, the San Antonio Bar Association (Immigration Section), and the Bexar County Bar Association. Dan holds a Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1984) and a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Houston (1981). He has studied international law at Cambridge University, England.

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Clients of our firm can expect honest advice, conscientious communication, and sensitivity to cultural concerns and language barriers. Our mission is to provide every client with the professional service this constantly changing and complicated legal process demands, while at the same time offering the accessibility, affordability and personal service that larger law firms can seldom match.

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We are a boutique law firm that focuses on personal service. We practice primarily in the area of immigration. We believe that by knowing you and listening to you, we are better able to represent you; whether your need is to file for residency, or file for asylum, or any other number of special visas, we can get the job done.

Q & A

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What does an immigration attorney do?

Immigration lawyers help their clients through all phases of the immigration process. Experts on immigration law, they are legally qualified to represent U.S. citizens, permanent residents or undocumented immigrants. Immigration lawyers also provide assistance to visitors here on student, work or travel visas, and can represent clients who may have an expired visa or who have overstayed their visa.

You can hire an immigration lawyer to assist you with petitioning for renewing a permanent resident or green card, navigating the naturalization process, submitting an employee-based petition for a work visa, filing a petition for a family member, or representing you or a loved one who is facing detention or deportation, as well as replacing, extending or changing a current visa, green card or work permit. The immigration process is highly complex, with multiple hearings, paperwork and requirements. Hiring a legal expert to represent you can help you make your best effort in the process. When researching immigration lawyers, it is very important to verify their qualifications and find a reputable attorney. Read reviews and verify that the immigration lawyer is licensed by your state before paying any fees.

How do you find a good immigration lawyer?

Research is key to finding a good immigration lawyer. The immigration process can be overwhelming and complex, so a trustworthy advocate is critical. When you have identified several eligible candidates, verify their immigration law license to protect yourself and your finances. Once you have a set of licensed immigration lawyers in mind, choose one based on these considerations:

  • Mutual respect: You want an immigration lawyer who treats you and your family with kindness and consideration. You’ll do the same for them.
  • Availability: Before hiring, note if they have responded promptly to your emails and calls. You don’t want to hire someone you have to chase around.
  • Proven success: Read former client reviews and research their success rate with cases similar to yours.
  • Transparent rates: Ask directly about what their rates are, how they bill, and what they estimate your legal fees will be. Ask if they will sign a fee agreement, and get receipts for all fees paid.
  • Verify who will handle your case: Sometimes junior lawyers work on firm cases. This is okay, as long as you have discussed it and are comfortable with it. When junior lawyers or paralegals are working on your case, ask if the hourly rate is lower.
  • Be wary of anyone who promises you specific results: No case is certain, and the immigration lawyer should be honest about what you can expect.

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How much does an immigration lawyer cost?

Immigration lawyers are experts in the nuances of the highly complex United States immigration system. They help clients of all backgrounds petition for immigration status and become U.S. citizens, and can represent clients who are facing deportation or detention. Nationally, the cost people pay for immigration lawyers averages $500-$1,010. The services you need will have a huge effect on your costs. For routines cases, such as applying for a travel visa, an immigration lawyer may be able to confidently quote you a set price, while more open-ended cases may be billed at an hourly rate of $200-$500, or more, depending on the reputation and experience of the firm and lawyer. Before hiring an immigration lawyer, ask what their plan for your case is and what expected costs may be. Many immigration lawyers work from retainers, and request a set amount of money upfront from which to work. For example, a lawyer who charges $300 per hour may estimate $4,000 for a standard family-based immigration case, the common process in which a U.S. citizen petitions for permanent residency for their spouse, fiancee or family members.

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