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Neil Stephen Dornbaum

Immigration Attorney at Roseland, NJ

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 38 years
    New York - NY 41 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 42 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Neil

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  1. Immigration
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    Co-chair of Connell Foley's Corporate Immigration and Global Mobility practice, he is recognized as one of the most distinguished immigration attorneys in New Jersey. He has edited over 40 course books and chaired over 50 immigration conferences.

    33 years

Neil Dornbaum, Co-chair of Connell Foley's Corporate Immigration and Global Mobility practice, is recognized as one of the most active and distinguished immigration attorneys in New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm, Neil was a partner at Dornbaum & Peregoy, where he dedicated his practice for over 30 years to immigration and nationality matters with a special emphasis on employment-based immigration.

He has served as National Chair of the ABA’s Immigration Committee under the General Practice Section. He has also Chaired the New Jersey State Bars' Immigration Section and the American Immigration Lawyers Association New Jersey Chapter and has served on their Board of Governors. He has served as a liaison to the numerous governmental agencies including Department of Homeland Security; Citizenship and Immigration Service; Immigration Customs and Enforcement; Customs and Border Protection; Department of Labor and Department of State.

Neil writes and lectures nationally on various aspects of immigration law practice for Bar Associations, Religious and Business Groups and Human Resource Organizations.   He is on the editorial board of several publications and has edited over 40 Coursebooks on Immigration and Nationality matters and Chaired over 50 Immigration Conferences and been an invited speaker at over 150 conferences.

He has been named in “Best Lawyers in America” for the last 20 years.. He is listed in Martindale Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  He is one of less than 500 lawyers worldwide listed in the “International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers” and “International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers”.  Mr. Dornbaum has also been named in “U.S. News and World Reports Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms” and in New Jersey and New York magazines’ list of “Super” and “Top” Lawyers.

 

Location

Connell Foley LLP
56 Livingston Avenue
Roseland, NJ, 07068
Connell Foley LLP
One Newark Center
1085 Raymond Blvd, 19th Floor
Newark, NJ, 07102
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2022
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Very Detailed and Great Service
Neil and his team were very responsive and detailed oriented in my PR process. The application process was made very simple to understand due to their assistance and their standardized templates. I had a very positive outcome and in a short amount of time than expected.
Posted by Mrs. and Mr. Krishnaji Kulkarni | August 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Superb Immigration Support & Services
We all 3 of us including me, my wife and son hired the services of Neil Dornbaum for becoming Citizens of the United States. Neil and one of his team members – Marial Velasquez provided us with all services including collecting the information to fill out the form, submitting, and tracking the status of the application including date of Interviews and the Oath of Allegiance. They also provided timely communications with the updated information, guidance, and the material for preparation for Naturalization process prior to each stage and the milestones to successfully cross over. Today, we took the Oath of Allegiance and me and my family are now the citizens of the proud United States in just 7 months after we applied for Citizenship and Naturalization process. The Neil and his office staff’s full control over the documentation requirements, compliant filling of the application forms with no room for RFEs, directions to prepare for both Interviews and Oath of Allegiance, tracking and communicating each and every step during immigration processes and timely status updates were all commendable, and exceeded our expectations. I strongly recommend to all those who are aspiring to immigrate to USA as permanent residents or citizens to reach out and avail the services from Neil Dornbaum, who is the assurance for you and your family as a trustworthy Lawyer and will strive his best to make y’our dreams come true.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2022
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Very clear and considerate on details
Mr. Dornbaum is a very thoughtful, considerate, and knowledgeable professional who has made it very clear on all details of my case. The process was very smooth.
Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2022
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One of the best
Very Helpful, Sincere, Knowledgeable and has a wonderful team. Great person to work with.
Posted by Calin | April 10, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great service
My employer hired Mr. Dornbaum to assist in my permanent residence application process. The service provided by his law office was impeccable from start to finish. Communication was flawless and Mr. Dornbaum's team made sure that I was informed of the status of my application at every step of the process. All the documents they required were requested in a timely and organized manner and the process really held no surprises for me. Before my in-person interview, we had an in-depth phone conversation in which he explained the steps of the interview in detail and so I was completely prepared when I came face-to-face with the immigrations officer. I would whole-heartedly recommend Mr. Dornbaum's services. My application was approved and I couldn't be happier.
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Posted by Richard S. Cohen | September 10, 2019
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President, The Walden Group
Neal and his colleagues are consummate professionals. They are detailed-oriented, highly knowledgeable about immigration regulations and dynamics, and caring. Another lawyer filed a defective H1B application on our firm's behalf, generating a lengthy request for evidence. This made for a complicated, not run-of-the-mill matter to clean up. Neil and his firm dug into the facts and drcumstancees and guided us to make a highly professional, comprehensive submission, resulting in an H1B approval.
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Posted by Lilian | August 17, 2019
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Appreciation
Thank you for your kindness and professionalism. We do not know what we would have done without your help and guidance. We are very satisfied with the legal services provided by Neil Dornbaum. Not forgetting Mrs Maria Valasquez, thank you for your calls, emails, updates and everything. We definitely would recommend Neil Stephen Dornbaum to anyone I know needs immigration help, thank you for everything God bless you.
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Posted by F.K. | July 17, 2019
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Simply the best!
Neil and his staff (Maria especially) were very helpful in my obtaining permanent residence. Right from the first consultation till the end of the process, they were clear about what was required and the kind of results to expect. Neil is very knowledgable, respected and active in the legal immigration community. I recommend their firm with absolutely no reservations
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Posted by Roberto | February 22, 2019
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Permanent Residence
It has been a pleasure working with Neil and his staff on my PR application; despite the immigration process is very lengthily, he has been very competent, professional, well prepared and available for any additional information. Definitely I do recommend to engage his office for any immigration application you may need.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An amazing lawyer!!
I can highly recommend Mr. Dornbaum and his services. Mr. Dornbaum is not only extremely knowledgable and experienced in immigration law. He is very attentive and dedicated and will treat your case as his own. My green card case was particularly complicated but Mr. Dornbaum and his amazing paralegal Maria regularly kept me updated on the progress of my case and made sure that everything was in place for the final interview with the immigration services. Mr. Dornbaum was always available via email or phone when I had any questions or concerns. So, If you are looking for a an amazing immigration lawyer, please look no further!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2018
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Great service!
Neil and his paralegal Maria are very professional, courteous and easy to reach & always available. They also provided free consultation when others were charging just to talk on the phone or in -person. We were so happy with the consultation that we hired them immediately. Disclaimer: We had a positive outcome in our case, but irrespective of that their service is great! We highly recommend them.
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Posted by Moe. D | April 28, 2018
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I strongly recommend Mr Dornbaum
I have heard about Mr. Dornbaum from many friends who strongly recommended him to me. My case was extremely difficult and Mr Dornbaum worked so hard to help me. He took my case and worked with me and my wife with such care and dedication. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in immigration field. He was always available when I had any questions or concerns. I am very glad I chose him as my lawyer. I highly recommend him if you need help in your immigration process. He’s a brilliant lawyer. Thank you so much for everything. I now have my greencard!!! And thanks to maria velasquez who was also very very helpful and friendly.
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Posted by Simone | March 27, 2018
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Fantastic Immigration Attorney
Very competent (and very friendly as well), he explains all the procedures and what needs to be done. He initially helped me for my H1B visa back in 2010, then with my Green Card the following year, and finally I hired him again this year for my Citizenship application. I am very happy and grateful for his services. His assistants over these years have been extremely helpful as well. Highly recommended, you cannot go wrong with this attorney.
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Posted by Mandeep | March 20, 2018
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Life changing experience
I worked with Mr. Dornbaum for my green card case in 2010 at first. I was absolutely blown away by both the efficiency with which Mr. Dornbaum and his staff worked and also by the absolute professionalism exhibited by his staff, in particular Maria. I also worked with Mr. Dornbaum’s office to get my parent’s green card applications submitted and processed. I cannot say enough good things about these people. From both a professional and a personal perspective, I found myself at ease knowing their office is helping me navigate though the minefield that’s is American immigration system. Thank you for everything!
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Posted by Brian | March 9, 2018
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Thank you!
Neil Dornbaum is an amazing attorney who put our minds at ease during a stressful and complicated process. His amazing staff, including Maria, was with us and kept us informed every step of the way. We are eternally grateful for everything they have done for our family.
Posted by Timothy | March 6, 2018
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Did a great job
We were very happy and Neil did a great job. Neil charged us a very fair price fixed all the mistakes that I previously made and obviously one for us and we were very satisfied.
Posted by Maria | August 2, 2017
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Excellent
We had a great experience. He was extremely thorough explaining every stage of the process and very clear and informative when replying to all of our questions. We felt comfortable and secure. Had no problems. My husband and I definitely recommend his services.
Posted by Chin-shung | January 16, 2017
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THE BEST ... period.
One may think all attorneys born equal due to the same set of rules and the same type of disciplines. I used to think so until I compared my personal experience with my friends' horrible stories. I was the lucky one. Many of my friends have money and time waisted without any result. Mr. Dornbaum is very perceptive and thorough. He listened to my case and my concerns, asked many questions, and quickly came up with a game plan and a checklist. I followed the checklist and prepared all the required documents and then everything happened as he has laid out. No doubt, no delay, every thing is clear. Mr. Dornbaum is also very caring. When I wrote him some questions over a weekend or during the night, I could not believe that he responded right away. Sometimes he asks to talk in person to make sure I fully understand if the answer is more than a few words. Mr. Dornbaum is the most capable immigration attorney in the Tri-state area. He has years of hands-on experience that no one can match. He is my go-to legal adviser, also my wife's, and now my mom's too. I will not put my trust in anyone else but Mr. Dornbaum. He is simply the best, period.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • City University of New York, Hunter College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member; Business Immigration Committee
  • 2010 - 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • Member; Advisory Committee Commission on Immigration
  • 2009 - 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member; Essential Workers Committee
  • 2007 - 2008
  • American Bar Association
  • Commissioner; Commission on Immigration
  • 2006 - 2009
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member; Teleconference Committee
  • 2006 - 2007
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member; Business Immigration Committee
  • 2005 - 2006
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Special Liaison; ABA Commission on Immigration
  • 2002 - 2006
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member; Governance Task Force
  • 2001 - 2003
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair; Business Immigration Committee
  • 2000 - 2001
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Immigration, Naturalization and Americanism Section
  • Chair
  • 2000 - 2003
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member; INS Reorganization Committee
  • 1999 - 2000
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair; Vermont Service Center Liaison
  • 1998 - 1999
  • American Bar Association, General Practice Section, Immigration Law Committee
  • Chair
  • 1996 - 1999
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter)
  • Chair
  • 1995 - 1996
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter), District Office Liaison
  • Chair
  • 1995 - 1999
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mentor Committee
  • Chair
  • 1992 - 1993
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter)
  • Chair
  • 1991 - 1993
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter), Region II Department of Labor Liaison
  • Chair
  • 1991 - 1993
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter), Vermont Service Center Liaison
  • Chair
  • 1991 - 1999
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Public Policy Section, Business, Industry and Labor Committee
  • Chair
  • 1988 - 1990
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs/I&NS Central Office Refugee and Parole Liaison Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 1987 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Listed
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • N/A
  • Listed
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Listed
  • International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Listed
  • International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Top Lawyers - Immigration Law
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • N/A
  • Super Lawyers - Immigration Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • N/A
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Publications

  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Fourteenth Annual Immigration Conference 2014 Seminar Material
  • 2014
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Thirteenth Annual Immigration Conference 2013 Seminar Material
  • 2013
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Twelveth Annual Immigration Conference 2012 Seminar Material
  • 2012
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced Immigration Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resource Personnel, Advanced Labor Certification Issues; DREAM Act: and 601 Waivers;
  • 2012
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced Immigration Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resource Personnel, Compliance Issues for H-1B Employers and Employment and Other Contractual Issues in Immigration Cases
  • 2011
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Eleventh Annual Immigration Conference 2011 Seminar Material
  • 2011
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced Immigration Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resource Personnel, Issues in PERM Audits and I-140 RFEs and Advanced Issues in EB-5;
  • 2011
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Tenth Annual Immigration Conference 2010 Seminar Material
  • 2010
  • New York State Bar Association publication
  • “Immigration Corporate Compliance – The I-9 Program,” Current Issues in Immigration for the U.S. Employer
  • 2010
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced Immigration Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resource Personnel, Responding to RFE's in NIV Cases and Audits in Labor Certifciation Cases
  • 2010
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced Immigration Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resource Personnel, E-Verify/Social Security Mismatch/Wage and Hour Audits and I-9 Training
  • 2009
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Ninth Annual Immigration Conference 2009 Seminar Material
  • 2009
  • AILA 2009-2010 Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook
  • “It’s Always Darkest before the Dawn: Getting a Grip on Recent Challenges to L-1 Eligibility
  • 2009
  • New York State Bar Association CLE
  • “Social Security No-Match Letters,” The New Era of Worksite Enforcement: Representing the Endangered Employer
  • 2008
  • Seminar Material, NJICLE
  • Worksite Enforcement of Immigration Laws on the Rise by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcment
  • 2008
  • Seminar Material, NJICLE
  • DOL Awards Prevailing Wage To Terminated H-1B Employee for Period of Employee's Authorized Stay in H-1B Status Due to Lack of Bona Fide Termination
  • 2008
  • Seminar Material, NJICLE
  • Are You Prepared to File Your H-1Bs For receipt by USCIS on April 1, 2008?
  • 2008
  • The David Stanton Manual on Labor certification; Successful Strategies for Practice under PERM, American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • “Using the Initial Consultation and Questionnaire to Lay the Foundation and Spot Issues,”
  • 2008
  • AILA 2007-2008 Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook
  • LCA Requirements As Clarified By The Wage And Hour Division Of The Employment Standards Administration, U.S. Department Of Labor
  • 2008
  • Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook
  • Perm Overview
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fourteenth Annual Immigration Conference 2013
  • Moderator; Wage and Hour Audits of H-1B
  • 2014
  • Fourteenth Annual Immigration Conference
  • Program Chair
  • 2014
  • Thirteenth Annual Immigration Conference
  • Program Chair
  • 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • "Complex Issues in NIV Cases, Covering L-1B, H-1B STEM, AC21, & Consular Interview Related Issues
  • 2013
  • Annual Immigration Conference San Francisco, CA
  • Things I Hate About PERM!
  • 2013
  • Advanced Immigration Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resource Personnel
  • Program Chair
  • 2013
  • Twelveth Annual Immigration Conference
  • Program Chair:
  • 2012
  • Annual Immigration Conference Nashville, TN
  • Anticipating,Avoiding and Attacking NIV RFEs
  • 2012
  • Advanced Immigration Issues, Advanced Labor Certification Issues; DREAM Act: and 601 Waivers
  • Program Chair
  • 2012
  • SHRM Long Branch, NJ
  • "The Interplay between Immigration and Employment
  • 2011
  • CLE
  • "DOL Investigations & Sanctions", Weathering The Immigration Storm: Strategies for Successful Representation of Individuals and Corporations,
  • 2011
  • Annual Immigration Conference, Washington DC
  • “Ability to Pay Issues"
  • 2010
  • Annual Immigration Conference Las Vegas, NV
  • “The Casino with L-1’s and Other Gamblers,
  • 2009
  • NYSBA
  • The New Era of Worksite Enforcement: Representing the Endangered Employer
  • 2008
  • NBI
  • Critical Updates For Immigration Law Practitioners
  • 2008
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Immigration Law 2007: Overview and Update
  • 2007
  • Evolving Stategies: AILA Nationwide Web Teleconference
  • The ETA-9089
  • 2007
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • LCA Audits; Good Faith and Good Luck
  • 2007
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Immigration Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Neil is the best immigration attorney in the tri-state area, hands-down. He not only handles immigration cases with masterful precision but is highly knowledgeable in immigration policy and the inner-workings of our complex federal agencies. I would immediately refer anyone with an immigration issue to him."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Neil Dornbaum for more than 1/4 century. During this period he has developed a reputation as one of the most trusted and knowledgeable Business immigration attorney in the United States. He not only has been a mentor to many of my colleagues, but regularly analyses and teaches complicated immigration laws to many lawyers. I wholeheartedly recommend Neil Dornbaum to any individual or corporation in need of an U.S. immigration lawyer."
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Roseland Immigration Lawyer Neil Stephen Dornbaum
Neil Stephen Dornbaum
Immigration Attorney
Roseland, NJ
Licensed for 42 years