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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
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.
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!