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Posted by Edgar, a Immigration client, Flag
Let me start by saying I've heard of people filing their own immigration paperwork with disastrous results. If you have an immigration matter pending, lawyer up. plain and simple. (You wouldn't perform open heart surgery on yourself would you? So why gamble with your future?).
I was an H4 visa holder and my spouse an H-1B at the time I decided to hire Mrs. Sumner. We were expecting our priority date for adjustment of status (greencard) to become current in 2015 or 2016, and all of a sudden in September 2013 we realized against all odds, our priority date had become current and we needed to apply for adjustment of status immediately. We had previously been working with another lawyer who although did produce results had 2 very unappealing characteristics: He always took forever to respond to my emails or to call me back, and his fees were really high, so I decided It was time for a change. I found Emily Sumner and her firm Sumner Immigration Law through avvo.com. I live in the middle of nowhere. There are no immigration lawyers here, let alone good ones. So I needed a lawyer that could handle my case exclusively via email. I searched avvo.com for lawyers in the general Maryland / Virginia / D.C. area and something caught my eye about Mrs. Sumner: Even thou all their reviewers praised her and gave her nothing but high marks and 5 stars all the way, her avvo score at the time was 8.8 instead of 10. It was then that I understood that even if a lawyer gets 5 stars in all his/her reviews, avvo won't give them a 10 most of the time because they factor in some other internal scores of theirs like industry recognition. It was then when I realized for all intents and purposes, I was looking at a 10 out of 10 lawyer and probably one I was not gonna have to pay and arm and a leg to hire. Just a knowledgeable lawyer, with an outstanding track record to work on my case. Exactly what I needed. So I gave her a call, and left a message with her paralegal. To my surprise, she personally called me back within the hour. Every question I asked her (out of a gazillion questions I had, mind you) she answered with the same level of professionalism and enthusiasm for the law that she answered the first. She also assured me she was used to handling cases via email and that not only she had customers in the Maryland / Virginia area but all over the country. Finally came time to talk about money. Have in mind, I was not expecting any of this to take place until 2015 at the earliest so when all of a sudden I'm told I have to pay uncle Sam over 2 grand just in filing fees and on top of that, pay my lawyer, to say I was put in a tight spot would be an understatement. Mrs. Sumner's fee structure was very reasonable. Her fees were fair, and when I explained my situation, she graciously offered me the option to pay her fee in 3 installments and I could even use my credit card. I was sold. The process from the get go was extremely fluid. Every email I wrote was answered almost immediately and she kept me in the loop every step of the way. Every payment I made to her firm was made through Google wallet which was super quick and easy and you don't even have to share your credit card number with anybody. They just send you an email with a link and you enter your credit card information on a secure website yourself. I even received a dreaded request for evidence from USCIS in the middle of the process due to an error on USCIS part and Mrs. Sumner handled it like a champ, resubmitting the necessary documents in less than 24 hours. Exactly 2 months after I first contacted and hired Mrs. Sumner, I had my greencard in my hands. Of course, your particular case might differ, some greencards take up to a year depending on the particulars and nature of every individual case (family based greencards vs. employer sponsored ones, etc) so your mileage might definitely vary, but what I can assure you is hiring Mrs. Sumner will be one of the best decisions you ever make.
Posted by Binayak, a Family client, Flag
Emily is one of the best lawyer in town. We filed for my wife I-485 based on marriage as I already have my GC. It took less than 3 months for the whole process...starting from sending our documents to USCIS till my wife got her GC. I panicked so many times during this process, but Emily was always there for us to calm us down and give us the positive vibes. One of the example when the interviewer didn't ask any question such as where you meet? how you meet? Nothing. The interviewer told us she will review our case. That's it.So we were confused and scared at the same time even though there was nothing to hide as our marriage is genuine. She helped us prepare for the interview, pointed out our weak points and how we can improve it and make it our strength. I can't stress this enough, but if you are looking for a lawyer who is knowledgeable and help you in your GC processing, she is the one.
Posted by Saravanan, a Immigration client, Flag
I knew Emily Sumner since 2005 when she used to work for another Richmond based Attorney Firm. She filed my H1B, H1B Extensions, Green Card Labor and I-140 (Petition for Alien-worker) while she was with another firm. Honestly speaking, I never received any inquiry (aka RFE) from USCIS on any of my petition that she has filed. I always noticed, she is very careful and thorough when filing the petitions and answering my questions. When I had to take a big decision on changing my employer, I strongly felt that I should change my attorney and move to Emily as I did not like few things from my previous attorney. Since it was an important milestone for me to change my job and get through the final step of my Green Card process, I approached Emily and she gladly took my case again. Now, I changed my Employer and the Great News is: "I am a Green Card Holder". I am so glad, I found Emily again!!! Thanks Emily. I highly recommend Emily Sumner for any Employment based Immigration matters.
Posted by Sumit, a Immigration client, Flag
Working with Emily was a very pleasant experience. I didn't have to think twice before calling or dropping an email to Emily if I had any questions whatsoever. And the best part was that Emily was always so responsive and detailed in replying to all the questions I had. Overall, I would definitely recommend her as an immigration attorney.
Posted by Rachel, a Immigration client, Flag
My husband hired Emily to help me file for immigration (I-130 Petition/I-485 Application for Permanent Residence) and she was very professional and efficient. I was extremely impressed with how fast she was to respond to any question that I had (email or phone). She really knows the immigration laws and kept me informed of the process/timeline and how things were going to happen step-by-step. It all happened the way she said it would: we filed, I got my Employment Authorization Card, I had an interview, and then I got my green card. Overall she made the immigration process uncomplicated and headache-free for me.
Posted by DerekM, a Immigration client, Flag
I have worked with a lot of immigration attorneys in the past for various needs for family and friends. I have not had to find a new attorney since I got in touch with Emily. I have known her since her early days as an attorney and she was the best one at her job in that office. It was only natural that with continued success with DHS and USCIS, and recommendations from all her clients, that she started her own firm. The best part of it is that she is even more accessible now and with her expertise in the immigration field, she is able to help out quicker than ever.
She worked with me and helped customize my solution to my issues ( as all of you know, immigration rules are the same, but each situation is different). She is very approachable and quick to follow up. You can rely on her advice and she will do everything within the rules of the law to help you succeed.
Apart from being good with what she does, she is a good human being and a delight to deal with.
I wish her all the success in helping others figure out this complex immigration system.
Posted by a Immigration client, Flag
I have engaged Ms. Sumner to assist me in obtaining an immigrant petition (permanent resident status). This has been fulfilled successfully (July 2011 - Oct 2012) with receiving my green card one week ago. Ms. Sumner's work during this time has been excellent (100% satisfactory). Not only has she been able to answer all my questions and concerns, but also has she been responding to my E-mails without any delays (immediately). Further, Ms. Sumner has kept me perfectly updated and informed throughout my green card process.
Posted by Kishore, a Immigration client, Flag
My Green Card got approved! Thank you very much for your help, I highly appreciate it!
The way you have executed the filing procedure was simply perfect, from filing labor to GC approval, your documentation and communication with me was the best. I would specifically like to thank all the personnel from your firm for their very professional and friendly attitude. It was a pleasure having business with you. I will provide my highest recommendation towards your firm among my colleagues and friends. Thank you once again for your help and understanding during such an important process of immigration/naturalization.
Posted by Sharief, a Immigration client, Flag
after working with emily i found out emily is extremly responsive and she truly understands importance of the immigration . just to give an example if there any simple question i have if i drop an e-mail usually i will get the response within the same hour.
Posted by Sridhar, a Immigration client, Flag
Emily Sumner helped me with my Green Card process and I would say she is the best. She has a very good understanding of the immigration matters, given a problem she gives a detailed explanation of different solutions. The best part with her is she responds to our emails within a day. If someone is looking for an Immigration attorney I would strongly recommend using Emily Sumner immigration services.
Posted by avanti, a Immigration client, Flag
Emily Sumner has been my legal counsel since 2006 when she handled a somewhat complicated turn of events related to my change of status from HOB-J1. This was a matter in which we had hours to act rather than days, in order for me to avoid having to leave and reenter the country and Emilyâ€™s competence and professionalism saved the day for me something that I remember to this day. Emily ensured that my application material was prepared and dispatched the very same day which was no mean task considering it was a late on a Friday afternoon about one hour before closing. She clearly knew her trade well and was acutely aware of my needs and urgency/time lines involved even before I had a chance to explain everything to her. Her timely intervention was critical in me maintaining legal status during the status transfer period and obtaining the J1 visa with no further delays/ issues.
Since then I have relied on Emily's expertise for all my visa related issues, including removal of my 2 year home residence for the federal Govt J1 visa in 2008, Green card Application in 2010 and issues related to removal of the provisional status on the GC in 2011. I have a continuing legal relationship sometimes seeking advice in an informal manner. Inspite of her busy schedule she has always been very responsive, detailed and through in her replies. It is an asset to have a competent, experienced and trustworthy legal counsel who you can rely on and I remain deeply indebted and extremely grateful to Emily for all her support and help.
Indeed, I have had no hesitation in recommending Emily to close friends for their legal needs and am not surprised that they have gone on to build their own strong legal relationship with her. I wish Emily the very best as she branches out with her own firm and am sure with her indebt knowledge, competence and winning attitude, she will continue to be a successful attorney and asset to all her clients
Posted by Deepa, a Immigration client, Flag
I hired Emily while she was working at Challa Law to file my permanent residency application under EB-1A category. She worked with me patiently through various stages of the process. She helped and guided me through every step, from writing reference letters to responding to USCIS queries. My I-140 application received a lengthy request for further evidence notice. Emily helped me obtain the necessary additional documents and also drafted an excellent cover letter to address various issues raised in the RFE. This resulted in a quick approval of the I-140. I strongly recommend her services for filing immigration applications.
Posted by Kumar.S, a Immigration client, Flag
I have been thru various immigration processes with several attorneys and finally got under the valuable umbrella of Emily, she represented my H1 transfer, 7th year H1 extension, Perm Process & I-140. Through all these process she was informative and provided me the options which were in my best interest and never made any false promises, was detailed went beyond her way in presenting my case to succeed and updated the status of my cases in timely fashion and never kept me in limbo. She has pioneered to be a techee too, which helps getting in touch with her and communicating with her instantaneous, she always responded back to my questions right away. Although my education was not in the related field Emily has successfully handled my Perm process & got the I-140 approval. â€˜Per my HRâ€™ the service fees which she quoted for my cases were pretty acceptable.
Posted by Muneesh Batra, a Immigration client, Flag
Emily Sumner ,
She is one of those lawyers you can trust and wil be very helpful in any situation .Having known her for the last few years , I would recommend her as one of the best in the Industry who is very quick to respond .You can expect great results in any situtation as she is one who can turn the things around very quickly if you have a genuine case.