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He is just the best, he got my I-140 NIW approved with TSC without a single RFE. I referred a few more people to him. His prices are reasonable, he is just the best. That's why I hired him. I met him personally in IL, then moved to VA. We communicated via email most of the time, but you can have him call you or you can call in and talk to his assistant Jen.
Overall, I am super-super thankful to him for all the help he has provided me.
I recommended Mr Messersmith to my employer based on the reviews on this website. I'm glad I followed my hunch and the good reviews written! My employer has previously submitted an H1-B petition application on my behalf but was denied for reasons of not fulfilling conditions to be considered as cap exempt. Even after fulfilling the conditions, my employer suggested hiring a lawyer as the time was getting tight. I was reaching the end of my extended OPT and any delay could mean discontinuity in my employment; something my boss was trying to avoid. Mr Messersmith was very helpful, available to answer calls or return them promptly. He's quick and knows what he's doing. The status was granted only within 5 days of submission (with premium processing). The fastest and easiest process ever! Thank you Mr Messersmith!
I got my green card with the help of Peter and his law firm through NIW. He was very responsive throughout the process and everything went smoothly for us. We really did not encounter any issues. I sure recommend him to other people.
I engaged Peter Messersmith to apply for my greencard and EAD. I do not recommend him. Here’s why:
I am a postdoc research associate and I applied for my greencard through the NIW EB2 category. Peter files both I-140 and I-485 concurrently without telling you the pros and cons. I found out through my own research that it is not recommended for you to file the I-485 if you will be changing status or jobs. USCIS will likely request for further evidence (RFE) if you change jobs. And Peter automatically charges an additional $500 when there is an RFE. Easy money for him. He didn’t even tell me that I could track my application progress online using the Receipt Number, I found out much later by doing my own research.
Read the attorney-client agreement carefully. Don’t get fooled by his price. He initially sounds cheaper as he quotes $5000, but that does not include the USCIS fee of $1650 (for both I-140 and I-485), and office expenses fee of $250. It ended up being more expensive than other lawyers.
You have to prepare all the documents yourself. Peter does not help you at all. He sends you some examples but they don’t really help. For instance, I had to write my own recommendation letters and have other experts in the field sign them. Peter sent me some sample recommendation letters but they were for journalist or industry consultants, completely unrelated to science and they didn’t help. There are other attorneys out there that actually write the letters of recommendation for you. All you have to do is proof read and they will contact your referees for you.
Peter never had the courtesy to call me even after I paid him. If you call, you always speak to the paralegal. And she always tells you that he is busy and to call back if you want to speak to Peter. I didn’t speak to Peter at all throughout the process, until the last day when I demanded that he call me. We only communicated through email. He replies emails very quickly when it is for you to pay him, otherwise it typically takes 24-48 hours for him to reply. Often it is that he’ll just skim through your questions and responds vaguely. Doesn’t address the specific points that you are asking. Though seldom, there were times when he didn’t reply to my follow up questions.
While my greencard application as pending I switch from an F1 to a H1 visa and this caused an RFE (this is my own speculation, there’s no way of knowing why USCIS ask for RFE). After submitting the material for RFE, USCIS sends you a notice saying that you will hear back from them in 60 days. During that 60 day period I got another job offer and Peter advised me to apply for the expedited EAD which he says will take ~2 weeks and cost $1000, instead of applying for a new H1 visa which takes 3-4 months. I thought I could be employed earlier and the $1000 would have been worth it. I paid the $1000, put in my 2 weeks notice, and accepted the new job offer. But 4 weeks after I had submitted the EAD paper work to Peter (3 weeks after receiving a receipt from USCIS), there was still no news, and I was unemployed. I started to question Peter and he says the symbol “~” means approximate and he has no control over when USCIS adjudicates cases. He then tells me that he requested USCIS to either expedite my EAD or my greencard, and USCIS has approved my greencard a week ago but he just found out about it. I do not know whether my greencard was approved because of Peter’s expedited request when submitting the EAD, but I wasted $1000 on an EAD and I lost a month salary. The 60 day RFE period was less than a month away anyway, and I could have just waited for the greencard application to be approved in due time. Maybe his advice to apply for an EAD was financially motivated, guess I will never know. I could have just hung on to my previous job until my I485 was approved, but his lack of clarity in words and non-transparent way of working caused havoc to my life.
I will strongly recommend this lawyer because he is a very responsible, trustworthy and very professional. Since the beginning he gave me hope with my case, which was very difficult. He informed me about the possibilities that I had and how he was going to do everything.
Honestly, his work is excellent.
Mr. Peter and his assistant Ms. Jen are the best in their domain. I am not from Chicago, nor do I live there, but I chose Mr. Peter for my case based on the high reviews I read about him. He ensured a successful case submitted on my behalf. I definitely recommend his office for your legal service needs.
I agree with everyone who loves Peter Messersmith and loves this firm. I and my family will be forever grateful for what Peter Messersmith has done for us. He helped me overcome both INA 212 (a)(6)(c)(i) fraud and misrepresentation and INA 212 (a)(6)(e) smuggling problems. I was inadmissible under 212 (a)(6)(c)(i) fraud and misrepresentation and INA 212 (a)(6)(e) smuggling. I retained an attorney in New York but he took my money and didn't know what he was doing and my waiver was denied. I then consulted many top US immigration attorneys and they all suggested a waiver but no one is confident about my case. A friend of mine recommended me Peter Messersmith because Mr.Messersmith obtained green cards for my friend and his whole family through investment. I emailed his firm and I was told that they will be able to help me with a waiver for INA 212 (a)(6)(c)(i) because of the mistakes I made but for INA 212 (a)(6)(e), they believe that they can challenge the decision and have the INA 212 (a)(6)(e) removed from my record. Peter Messersmith worked with me closely and did not miss any detail in my case. Now I have my waiver, immigrant visa and the challenge decision all approved. What should I say? Peter Messersmith really works miracles. If no attorney can get your case approved, go to him because he can. I highly recommend Peter Messersmith to everyone. You'll have the very best chance to achieve your goals. Mr.Messersmith, my family and I thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. I'll be referring you to everyone I know needs immigration services. You will have many referrals from me. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would like thank to Peter Messersmith and Jen and his staff. Due to my previous lawyers mistake, I almost has fraud issue with my green card application. Peter helped my green card case with a short period, and also spent his own time to review my case. He is patient and professional with full knowledge with the immigration law!!! I expected this to take longer, but I received my green card less then a week because of Peter helping us. I am proudly said that he is the best immigration lawyer in the USA. My husband and I are highly recommended your Law Firm if there is someone needs help in immigration case. Peter thank you so much!!!!
I would like thank to Peter Messersmith and his staff. Due to my previous lawyers mistake my wife's immigration case is extremely difficult. After 11 long years, we received our green card. Because of his honest, highly professional and outstanding service. Our family greatly appreciated his staff everything did for us. Today, I am proudly said that he is the best immigration lawyer in the USA. I am highly recommended your Law Firm if there is someone needs help in immigration case. Thanks again. A Job Well Done !!!!!!!!
I hired Peter to handle my green card case (EB1A for me, I-485 for me and my wife). I highly recommend this law firm.
1. Peter is very responsive. He always reply my email within 24 hours.
2. Peter is very knowledgeable. His reply is short but to the point.
3. Peter is honest and frank.
4. His staff is nice and patient. Ms. Jen Ren is very patient to answer my email, giving me detailed answers.
5. The price is reasonable. You can pay by installments.
My experience with this law firm is very positive. Highly recommend!