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Paul P Szeto

Immigration Attorney at Edison, NJ

5.0   42 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 19 years
    New Jersey - NJ 19 years
    California - CA 29 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Paul Szeto, Esq., is an immigration attorney focused on business and family immigration cases.  With 25+ years under his belt, Paul has successfully helped numerous clients resolve their immigration issues, apply for their green cards, visa status and citizenship.  Paul's office has extensive experiences handling H-1B, PERM, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, RFE, NOID, I-485 adjustment, etc.   Paul's received praises and recommendation from many satisfied clients, as shown by their reviews on Google Map and . 

Mr. Szeto started his legal career by volunteering for legal clinics and clerking for an immigration law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Szeto also served as a student extern for the Chief Administrative Justice of the California Court of Appeal. Mr. Szeto graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University in 1989 and earned his Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1994. Over the years, Mr. Szeto has earned various awards such as American Immigration Law Foundation's Edward L. Dubroff Memorial Award for outstanding writing in the field of Immigration and Nationality Law in 1994.

From 1994 to 1999, Paul served as a Trial Attorney and Assistant District Counsel for the New York District of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS, whose functions have since been transferred to DHS).  As a government attorney, Mr. Szeto personally handled hundreds of immigration cases.  In addition to handling immigration and nationality cases inside and outside of the courtroom, he also offered legal advice to immigration inspectors and adjudicators.  Towards the end of his tenure, Mr. Szeto was assigned to investigate naturalization fraud cases, prosecute employment violations, and handle the stipulated judicial removal cases with U.S. Attorney's Offices.

Paul is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, and previously worked for Fortune 500 companies Lucent Technologies and Merck-Medco.  Paul is a member of the New Jersey State Bar and New York State Bar.   He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association (AILA).  A graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Paul has practiced extensively before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Federal Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.   A frequent writer of immigration topics, Paul has also served NYU Law School as a Moot Court Judge and also an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. 

 Paul is a personable, dedicated and dedicated attorney. 

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American Immigration Lawyers Association Award for Outstanding Writing in the Field of Immigration and Nationality Law 1994
Served as arbitrator for BBB since 2006
Outstanding Performance Rating with Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Services
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Law Offices of Paul Szeto LLC
190 Route 27
Edison, NJ, 08820-3538

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Posted by Gopalkrishna | June 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Would highly recommend
I deeply appreciate the exceptional service provided by Paul Szeto’s team and highly recommend them for any immigration issues. Paul Szeto’s deep legal expertise and knowledge helped me with a stressful family immigration situation requiring a fast legal response. They were very prompt in responding back to my queries and the letters Paul drafted for me were exceptional. I think as a former counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service Paul has a deep understanding of how the system works and this was reflected in the letters and evidence package that we assembled. According to Paul, USCIS agents want to help you and the response package we submitted seems to have effectively convinced them to rule in our favor. Once again, I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Nikita | May 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend and a big thank-you!
Paul is my legal lawyer helping me with my OPT, H1B and Green Card application. For the past five years, Paul (and other legal assistants) has always been super responsive and supportive. Thanks to their dedicated work and meticulousness, I don't need to worry to much about my case. Thank you!
Posted by li | August 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Paul and his team are very professional. He patiently gives comprehensive advice and does his best to help clients with immigration needs. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
Paul and his team are very professional and responsive. They provided huge support on my cases and did extraordinary jobs during the past six years. I highly recommend their service and legal support. And I’m grateful for all their help!
Posted by Belinda | July 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly highly recommended
Extremely grateful to Mr. Szeto and his team for handling my visa application and rfe with such great professionalism. Paul and his team took care of all legal paperwork and answered every question I asked very quickly. The price is also fair. Paul is the best immigration lawyer I have worked with. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an immigration lawyer.
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Posted by Sophia | November 16, 2020
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The Most Experience, Professional, Respectful, Kind and Responsive Immigration Lawyer!
The BEST immigration lawyer ever! He is so professional, respectful, kind, responsive, has good sense of urgency and client-centric. Highly recommend him and don't waste time looking anyone else!
Posted by Kranthi Chava | November 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I have reached Paul 3 time for 3 different cases, I was still here in the US because of Paul Szeto thank you so much for helping me Paul Szeto. 1) In my first case it was delayed by 8 months, Once I reach out Paul Szeto my case was just approved with In 2 weeks. 2) Second case it was almost as my first case I reached out Paul Szeto I got approval quickly not taken much time for approval. 3) Third case I got most probably 18 pages of RFE, I was so upset and depressed, I reached out Paul Szeto, he motivated me and said nothing to worried about and he took up my case, followed up every single day about all the documents and finally my case was approved. Thank You Paul Szeto and his staff especially Alice for their hard work, dedication.
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Posted by Ramesh | May 10, 2020
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Incredible Service from Paul Szeto
We met Paul when my wife and two kids I539 was in the denied state, We have availed their services for filing an I-539 application to extend/change nonimmigrant status through Nunc-Pro-Tunc, for my wife and two kids and the experience was exceptionally smooth. Attorney Paul Szeto is very conversant about the most recent advancements in immigration practices. We were extremely comfortable and at ease the entire time of the immigration process because of his organized and detailed work which results in the USCIS approved our case. Thanks again for Paul and his Team’s great work. We recommend his services to anyone who is looking for immigration assistance.
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Response from Paul Szeto May 13, 2020
I am very glad to be able to help you and your family. When we are able to turn around an almost impossible situation, the feelings are beyond expression. We are all truly happy for you, your wife and your children. The decision is a life-saver especially in these difficult times. Thank you so much for the kind words. It is moments like these that keep us going!
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you, Paul
I sincerely appreciate Paul’s and his staff’s service helping me getting the green card. Different from other reviews, I just listed some bullet points I still remember. 1) Paul submitted my case during the weekend. 2) Paul always called back within the same day, as little as less than one hour. 3) Paul has successfully handled some not easy situation in my case. 4) Paul charged less than other lawyers I know from friends for accompanying green card interview. Though Paul provided excellent service, I would still recommend applicants spending enough time on being familiar with schedule, policy, proofreading, etc. It is your case at the end of day!
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Posted by anonymous | November 27, 2019
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highly highly recommend
I don’t know where to start. We received our green cards today in the mail and the feeling is beyond words. I’d like to thank Paul Szeto and his staff especially Alice for their hard work, dedication and professional knowledge. Without them I would not be able to obtain my green card. I have a complex case that seems to be going on forever. There were many issues to deal with. Sometimes I was ready to give up but Paul and his staff kept on providing encouragement and support to me throughout the process. They care about their clients. If something doesn’t work, they will tell you about it. I highly recommend Paul Szeto and his law office to others!
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Posted by Hemanth | August 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Really I appreciate his service and helped a lot in my case..!!! I been waiting for my case from 1 year after I met Szeto I got approval in 25 days..!!! I really recommend his service to ppl who needs help
Posted by Veronica | September 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I hired Paul as my attorney for my E visa application to start my Architecture Practice in the US. Paul is very knowledgeable and experienced with the process. He reviewed my case diligently and was very patient with advising me on the requirements in detail. Thanks to Paul’s excellent legal advice, my visa was approved!
Posted by David | August 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tier 1 immigration attorney
Paul is a consummate professional. Long time ago, my parents hired him to represent me for my green card application. Recently, I retained his service to represent my wife for the same application. He delivered results because of his valuable experience and strategy. We are very grateful for his outstanding service and commitment to our cases. I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and family members for any immigration inquiries.
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Posted by LP | August 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
He is the best.
Mr. Paul is the best attorney, he is very knowledgeable, can see the issues upfront & guide you accordingly. I went to him in tricky situation but he explained every possible way & outcome. I am so glad that I went ahead with him & my application is approved. He did an awesome job. Very nice & responsive, always gives you the correct idea about the dates & future process, no high talk, very clear on every step. All the paper work was done very much on time. Very Good attorney to work with, I would highly recommend him to anyone. Good Luck !
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2017
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Fantastic Immigration Lawyer
Paul helped me and my wife to file for I-751 form (Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence). He guided us to put together a complete package and as a result, everything went smoothly and my wife got her green card on time. Paul is diligent and pays attention to details. His fees are also fair. I recommend him for all types of immigration cases without any reservations.
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Posted by chirag | December 16, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
the best in town
My h1 was denied before I met Paul Szeto. He guided me the steps to file for Motion To Reopen. He has an excellent knowledge about immigration laws and gave me great ideas on how to contest the denial and my VISA GOT APPROVED. I thank to him from bottom of my heart.
Posted by Celso | December 7, 2014
Green Card applicant
My wife and I came across Mr. Szeto's profile via a Google search because we didn't know anybody in the area that had gone through the Green Card application process that could recommend somebody. We were a bit reluctant to go with an attorney we had no references for but after a simple phone call to get a feel for him we were seriously blown away. First of all, what attorney nowa day answers the phone and spends 15 minutes talking to a complete stranger? He took time off his day to explain the entire process to us from beginning to end, he asked questions with regards to our history and just like that we knew he was the right attorney for us. We trusted him with the future of our family and he did an absolutely great job! Oh, his assistant was really good as well; everytime we left a voice mail or called and he couldn't answer she always transmitted the message to him. We absolutely, undoubtably trust Mr. Szeto and recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2014
Excellent Immigration Lawyer
Mr. Szeto helped me get my Green card. Everything went smoothly, and he was always available for help. I highly recommend him for any immigration related cases.
Posted by K T | December 7, 2014
Best I could find
Dependable and trustworthy. Responds to my needs on time. He is always there when I need. Very knowledgable. Knows how to deal with difficult situations. With Paul, I always feel am in safe hands. Thanks for all the help, Paul.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2014
A very good immigration lawyer
Mr. Szeto is a very knowledgeable immigration lawyer who was very prompt in responding to our queries and following up with our case. He helped us prepare our green card application and we received our green card in a few months. We are very thankful for his help.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Law Office of Paul Szeto, LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Assistant District Counsel / Trial Attorney
  • Department Of Justice / Former INS
  • 1994 - 1999


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • San Francisco State College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (magna cum laude)
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of F_L_
  • Waiver of inadmissibility & green card granted


  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Immigration Law Commmittee
  • 2012 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Performance Rating Award
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1996
  • Edward L. Dubroff Memorial Award
  • American Immigration Law Foundation
  • 1994


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Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration Talk
  • General Immigration Law focusing on Naturalization, Citizenship and Green Card
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Paul
Immigration Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Szeto as an experienced immigration practitioner and a valuable contributor to the AVVO forum."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer for his utmost integrity and professionalism. He has worked as an attorney for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service prior to his private practice helping immigrants. I have personally known him for over twenty years and he has two decades of specialized expertise in immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is a superb attorney whom I regularly refer complex employment immigration matters to."
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