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Selecting an Immigration Attorney

If you intend to work in the United States beyond your authorized period of practical or academic training, or if you need advice on other immigration matters not related to your status as an F-1 or J-1 student, you may need to retain an attorney who specializes in immigration matters. It is important to be thorough and careful in selecting an immigration attorney. A good attorney will communicate clearly and accurately your options, will answer all your questions, and will be your advocate with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Department of Labor, or any other government agency to which you must petition. Following are some questions you should ask when considering an attorney.

1. What is your fee and what services does the payment include? Am I charged every time I speak to you?

2. Is your practice limited to immigration law? How long have you been practicing in immigration law?

3. Are you a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)? Of what other professional associations are you a member? What role do you play in these associations? Do you make conference presentations, write journal articles, or hold an elected office?

4. What is your specialization within immigration law?

5. Have you handled any cases similar to mine? If so, how many? What was the outcome?

6. What is your fee and what services does the payment include?Am I charged every time I speak to you?

7. Who will actually handle my case, you or a paralegal? If it is a paralegal, can I meet him/her?

8. What is the best way to communicate with you - by telephone, e-mail, or in person? How long do you  normally take to return a message?

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) provides the names and contact information of immigration attorneys throughout the United States. AILA can be reached at (202) 371-9377 or at 

Below are some immigration attorneys that have helped Fordham students in the past: 

Frances Berger
335 Broadway, Suite 103            
New York, NY 10016
(212) 925-6688
 Eugene Goldstein
150 Broadway,
Suite 1115                  
New York, NY 10038
(212) 374-1544
Freddi Weintraub,Partner     
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
515 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212-688-8555
Stephen Yale-Loehr
True,Walsh & Miller,
101 North Tioga Street,7th Floor
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 273-4200
Dan A. Williamson, Esq                       
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
1212 New York Ave. NW
Suite 850
Washington, DC 20005-6145
Direct Dial: (202) 349-2178
Phone: (202) 223-5515
Fax: (202) 371-2898
Adam Green 
6300 Wilshire Blvd #1020
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (800) 705-5544
Klasko Immigration and Nationality Law
Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP
317 Madison Ave. Suite 1518
NY, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 796-8840
Fax: (212) 297-1799
Paparelli & Partners LLP
60 East 42nd st. Suite 956
NY, NY 10156
Phone: (212) 599-5755
Fax: (212) 808-5598
M. Arda Beskardes
6 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
(alt. entry at 160 Broadway)
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (718) 766-9454
Fax: (718) 425-9978

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