I decided to apply for a green card through NIW and my friends, who successfully obtained GC, recommended Peter as an immigration lawyer. Peter and his staff showed themselves as highly motivated and attentive professionals. He helped in completing the forms, proofreaded the recommendations and was easily accessible via email or phone when I had questions. Under his guidance I quickly obtained the green card. I would highly recommend Peter for any immigration matters.
Posted by Srinivas
My EB1 green card application was a source of stress for me before I first contacted Peter but after his initial assessment of my case, which gave me a lot of confidence in the feasibility of the process, his help in the compilation of the requisite material and the eventual filing of application were invaluable. He made the whole operation really straight forward at least for me (I am sure his end of the process was anything but). Also the timelines he predicted turned out to be really accurate which reflects his knowledge of the system. It has been a pleasure dealing with him and he has my unqualified endorsement.
Posted by Qing
I was referred to Peter by a good friend after my EB1 was denied by my previous attorney. I was devastated as I only had three months left on my H1B and I had been waiting for the EB1 to be approved over a year. I can't believe that it was denied after over a year waiting! I approached Peter. My first impression of him is that he's very honest, professional and trustworthy. He pointed out the weakness in my cases. He said that he'll try his best to get it approved although he can't guarantee. We had to file EB1 through premium processing as not much time left to go through regular processing. His fee is very reasonable. He got my EB1 approved in 5 days!!! I was speechless and in tears. I really can't believe this could happen to me. I received my green card in 23 days after filing. Words can't express how much I thank Peter! He truly changed my life for the best. I have been telling all of my colleagues and friends who need immigration services to seek Peter's help. Peter is definitely the attorney to go to when you need immigration help. Peter is definitely the best immigration attorney!!!
Posted by Sepideh
I hired Peter as my lawyer for my NIW case and he did a very good job and got the case approved in about 15 months. He is confident, professional, and knowledgeable. He helped me with all my questions patiently. He helped me to even make my case stronger to increase the chance of getting approved. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Kanika
Mr. Messersmith was knowledgeable. He listed out all our options pertaining to my immigration process. He was patient and helpful. Even his paralegal Jen was so attentive and helpful right from the first phone call I made inquiring about them. Price is realistic and absolutely affordable. I am so glad I chose to go to Peter Messersmith.
Posted by Jyoti
I give the Messersmith Law firm a zero rating. They have ruined my life. These people don't care for their clients and for the repercussions of their negligence on the clients' lives. They are a money eating machine and are happy as long as you keep feeding them. I approached Peter for a green card application. He told me that he was confident that he could get me a green card in both the EB1 and EB2 categories. I had a paid consultation with Peter where he convinced me that getting a green card was the way to go. He gave me vague answers during this consultation as well as throughout the process. But not knowing anything about immigration law myself, I signed Peter up as an attorney for my EB1A petition. The moment he received the money from me, he sent me file with examples of recommendation letters and a document list. However, most of the recommendation letters were not pertaining to my field of work. Peter did not give me any guidance about how to write these recommendation letters and on what sort of letters would improve the chances of my petition being accepted. He didn't draft a single recommendation letter for me. Most of the time, he gave one sentence or sometimes, even one word suggestions about the recommendation letters. Once all the money was paid, he almost didn't care about my case. He would never tell me clearly what documents he needed from me. I submitted all the documents by email. But then he wanted me to print them all out and mail them to him (even though he charges $300 for mailing, copying, etc.). He told me that he would charge $300 upon completion of the case. But he immediately charged me $300. I have been to the post office several times because of Peter's miscommunication. The worst thing is that Peter blatantly refused to send me copies of the write up for my own case! He didn't even tell me which documents he was submitting to the USCIS on my behalf. Upon receiving an RFE for my case, I asked Peter for a copy of the documents that he had submitted. He still refused to give me a copy of the write up. But he reluctantly gave me a password-protected file of my own documents that he had submitted prior to receiving the RFE. After examining this, I noticed that several important documents which would point out the significance of my work (such as a book chapter, conference presentations and a letter from the editor of the journal JBC) were out of place and one letter which Peter said would harm my case and hence should not have been included was included in this document list. When I brought these issues to this notice, he didn't even have the courtesy to apologize for his mistakes. His paralegal Jen also made several mistakes on the important I-140 and I-485 forms. After receiving the RFE, I wanted to discuss about the write up and documents with Peter before he submitted them. However, Peter submitted these without my knowledge and I don't know till date what he has submitted on my behalf to the USCIS and how he has presented my case. My green card was finally denied. I am broke and have no more money to refile. I have to leave the country and my postdoc position at a prestigious institute in two weeks time. Peter does not care about your case. He will try and talk you into signing up with him. He will try and convince you to keep paying for all of his services that are conveniently not mentioned in the contract. After living in the US legally as a responsible citizen for over 12 years, being a Summa cum Laude undergraduate and graduate student and getting a PhD, I have been given 2 weeks to pack and leave this country. I would never want anyone to be in my position. Please hire a good reliable lawyer and stay as far away from Peter as possible
Posted by a client
Mr. Messersmith left no stone unturned and worked diligently on my Immigration case. He got me my Greencard in a very timely manner- actually sooner than I expected. He made the whole process so smooth for me, and thoroughly guided me along the way. He always answered my emails promptly and made time to talk to me on the phone. He took care of all the paperwork- all I had to do was sign. He is very knowledgeable,respectful,trustworthy and kept me well informed on my case. Getting a Greencard was a breeze because of him. His price was very affordable too. As an immigrant,I am so glad to have found such a good lawyer like Mr.Messersmith. I am going to choose him for citizenship also, as well as recommend him for my relatives and friends. Also, even though I do not live in Chicago, it did not matter. We were able to communicate just fine through email and phone, and my case progressed smoothly and now I have a Greencard. I would not have seen this day without the help of Mr.Messersmith. He is very kind and humble also, and very easy to communicate. He is very understanding of immigrants and the problems we face everyday.
Posted by a client
Peter filed my EB2-NIW application, and overall I had a great experience.
We communicated via email, and he gave me a list of supporting documents I needed to obtain and helped me with recommendation letters. I also assume that he wrote excellent cover letters for I-140 and I-485 since there was no major RFE. The whole process took about 7-8 months.
One this is that he is definitely NOT cheap. I did end up paying a lot more than I was initially quoted by his paralegal. But, all charges were laid out in the contract, so there was no surprise charge, and also, I rather pay more money to an excellent lawyer like Peter and get the whole process behind me as quick as possible than hire the cheapest lawyer and regret it later. So, I was overall very happy with my experience.
Posted by Arthur
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.
Posted by Huda
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!