How to Select an Immigration Attorney

Carl Michael Shusterman

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Immigration Attorney - Los Angeles, CA

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Immigration law is one of the most complex areas of law. Selecting the right attorney can make the difference between obtaining a green card or being forced to leave the United States. In this video, Carl Shusterman (, a former INS Attorney (1976-82) whose law firm has assisted thousands of persons across the U.S. in obtaining temporary visas, permanent residence and U.S. citizenship for nearly 30 years, explains what you should look for in choosing an immigration attorney to represent you.

How much experience practicing immigration law does the attorney have? Is he a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law? Has he ever worked as an attorney for the Immigration Service? Have you checked his biography on his web site? How is regarded by his peers? Is he listed in the “Best Lawyers of America? Is he a “SuperLawyer? Does he have the top “AV" rating from the prestigious Martindate-Hubbell Legal Directory? What if his office is in another state – should this make any difference to you? Do you trust him?

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