Los Angeles Immigration Lawyers

Los Angeles Immigration Lawyers

At the Los Angeles law office of Karlin & Karlin, Attorneys at Law, experienced immigration lawyers help people from other lands enter and stay in the country through a variety of processes and procedures, including family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, naturalization and lawful permanent residency, and cancellation of removal proceedings.

Family-Based Immigration

Reuniting families is one of the more satisfying and rewarding aspects of the firm’s practice, and the attorneys at Karlin & Karlin work to bring together families from around the world through various family-based immigration procedures. Despite a strict quota system which severely limits the ability to bring in extended family members, the firm works through the family-based immigrant visa process to bring over immediate family members such as spouses, parents, children and siblings. The firm’s lawyers understand the important distinctions based on the family relationship involved, whether a particular preference is applicable, and whether the petitioner is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

Employment-based Immigration

Next to family reunification, employment is one of the main reasons people seek to immigrate to the U.S. There are many different ways to immigrate for employment, and the firm assists people with immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas, and permanent labor certifications. For immigrant visas, the firm handles workers in all EB preference categories, including both skilled and unskilled workers, professionals and executives, people with advanced degrees, and foreign nationals of extraordinary or exceptional ability. For individuals wishing to maintain permanent residence in their home country, the firm seeks non-immigrant visas for the duration of their stay, as well as dual status visas where appropriate.

The firm also works through the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOL ETA) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to obtain permanent labor certifications (PERMs), allowing employers to hire foreign workers to work in the U.S. on a permanent basis. Obtaining a PERM is a detailed, multi-step process, but the firm’s attorneys assist their clients from start to finish, including preparing, reviewing and filing all necessary documentation and interfacing with government officials from DOL and USCIS as needed.

Naturalization/Permanent Residency

Naturalization is the process by which a person born outside the U.S. acquires nationality and all the privileges of U.S. citizenship. A permanent resident is someone who has been authorized by the government to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. A permanent resident is issued a green card as proof of the individual’s status.

The law office of Karlin & Karlin helps people obtain a green card through family-based and employment-based immigration, through refugee status or asylum, and many other ways that specific individuals may obtain lawful permanent residence. The firm assists eligible individuals to become naturalized citizens through the Form N-400 process, including hearings and appeals before an immigration officer and petition for review in federal court if necessary.


When the U.S. government decides that an alien should no longer stay in this country, it utilizes a civil proceeding called deportation or removal. Grounds for deportation are not limited to entering the country illegally but also include failing to register or providing falsified documentation, being identified under a security threat assessment, voting illegally in U.S. elections, or becoming a public charge. Persons who entered the U.S. legally but are presently residing in the country illegally due to a change in status are also frequent subjects of deportation procedures.

An alien at risk of deportation may avoid removal by seeking an adjustment of status, requesting deferred action, claiming asylum, or seeking a waiver or cancellation of removal. The immigration law attorneys at Karlin & Karlin help their clients understand the different options available to them and choose the path most likely to be successful in their particular case.

Seek Experienced Legal Representation

Whether attempting to enter the country for employment or reunite with family members, become a citizen or save yourself from deportation, qualified and experienced legal representation is an essential element to getting positive results in the quickest manner. Don’t trust your immigration law case to just any attorney. Karlin & Karlin is a family-run law firm with over 30 years experience. If you need help with an immigration matter, contact Karlin & Karlin, Attorneys at Law.

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