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Scott Elwell is a shameless human being who does not care about his clients at all and does not do his job. I really hope other people come to this realization and he loses his career. Because of him, my husband lost a job opportunity and has been unemployed for almost a year. This is our experience: I met my husband in a foreign country and lived there with him for a year. We decided to move back to the states April 2014. When we moved back we were told by numerous people, including Scott Elwell, that my husband would have his green card within 4 months. We gave Scott Elwell all of the necessary documents in April and waited patiently for immigration to work on his case. August came and we were expecting the greencard to arrive soon as it was nearing the 4 month mark. At the same time, my husband was going to be offered a great job pending his greencard. We called Scott Elwell and begged him to please find out what was going on with immigration. We made numerous phone calls to his office asking him if there was anything he could do and even tried to make appointments. He never made an appointment with us and consistently told us that there was "NOTHING THAT HE COULD DO, JUST KEEP WAITING". Well we waited and waited until October came and we ourselves called immigration to find out that in JULY, Scott Elwell received a letter asking for evidence and that if those documents were not sent within 60 days, my husband's application would be rejected. When we found out about this, it was day 58, 2 days before the deadline. This attorney insisted there was nothing he could do while for THREE MONTHS he could have called immigration or even take 2 seconds of his time to do his job and check the immigration website which also states that this letter was sent in July. His response: "how was I supposed to know about a letter I never received?", So how is it that my husband and I had to find out about this, when we payed you to do it? The immigration website updates itself every single time something changes on someones case, it had been updated since July about this letter. There is no reason for Scott Elwell to not have known about this letter except for the fact that he did not do his job. Once we found out, he called my husband in to send the remaining documents and he had them sent overnight. Once he had sent these documents to immigration, immigration did THEIR job and everything happened quickly, like it would have if Scott Elwell had done his job. This whole process took 9 months. Had we done it ourselves, my husband would have a great job by now and the process I promise you, would have only taken 4 months. Scott Elwell also never took my phone calls and I have various voice messages left on my phone by his secretary, stating that there are no available appointments for me. I had to show up unannounced at their office and instead of of being treated kindly and sympathized with, his secretary took it upon herself to argue with me and consistently repeating, "How were we supposed to know about this letter?" I'm sorry but if I found out about the letter myself by calling immigration and looking at their website, I expect the attorney who I am paying to have done the same. It's that simple, there is no excuse. My husband finally, after 9 months has his greencard. However, remember how Scott Elwell had to overnight the documents to immigration because he neglected the letter that was sent to him for so long and nearly cost my husband his greencard? Well, he has 0 integrity that he included that overnight charge on our bill. So not only was it his mistake that he had to overnight the documents but he is so little of a person that he decided to charge us for it???? He couldn't just eat the FeEX fee himself???? It is just sickening that people like him exist and he should be stripped of his career.
We have personally visited Mr. Elwell a few times regarding my visa complications. He has offered free initial consultation which you do not find very often. He had provided the correct advise. I had filled out the forms myself and he asked me to go ahead and file it myself which I am sure the other attorney would have easily charged us for. Also, helped me with the query. Very nice, down to earth person. I would highly recommend Mr. Elwell.
I was bringing my wife here from India and I had met with a few immigration attorneys in Newark and Philadelphia who were quite confusing and frankly abusive. I had filed the initial paperwork myself and the attorneys ridiculed me for doing so. I needed an attorney for my wife to process with the State Department at Mumbai, which was the second part of the case, and Mr. Elwell was the only attorney I consulted with who completely respected me, communicated with my wife in India (he wrote to her in Hindi!), and constantly reassured me that everything was going to be OK through this process. My wife and I were so nervous at the outset, but Mr. Elwell made the process so much less stressful. I am happy to report that my wife sailed through her interview, came here without any problems, and we surely will use Mr. Elwell's services to remove my wife's conditions from the green card.
We had a great experience. We were confused and unsure how to proceed in our immigration case & Scott explained things and made it easy. Cost was laid out in front with no added fees later. If we had a question he was always available, ready & willing to answer. Our interview went smoothly. We were very pleased.